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Potential VHF rover sites in Washington's grid CN85. Be careful.
This grid square spans two states. See also Oregon CN85.
CN85 dimensions are 96.9 by 69.2 miles.
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Larch Mtn, CN85ur41

Latitude Longitude
45.716413 -122.295578
Map Location Near city of , Clark County, WA, Altitude 3440
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2015-07-13
Comments by: Chris KG7OFQ

Larch Mtn is just east of Vancouver, WA. It was visited by Chris KG7OFQ in June 2015.

Restrictions: It can be busy. Chris got off the mountain in the nick of time as 100 people showed up to have a quick wedding.

Woodland Ridge Alternative, CN85ox95

Latitude Longitude
45.979347 -122.753700
Map Location Near city of Kalama, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 1785
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-03-01
Comments by: Darryl WW7D

The Woodland Ridge location (at 900') is on a private road.

This spot provided excellent results into both the Portland and Seattle. A brief sporadic E opening netted QSOs into California and the South West U.S.

For the Jan 2013 VHF contest, I found this much higher spot on Green Mountain road. There is a gated dirt road that provides plenty of room.

Driving directions: The Google maps directions work fine. Nothing tricky.

Restrictions: This is a rural residential area, and the pull-over just off the paved road is probably a private (but gated) road. I had no issues for the ~2 hours I spent there.

Shell I-5, CN85pu54

Latitude Longitude
45.852896 -122.701267
Map Location Near city of Woodland, Clark County, WA, Altitude 285
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-01-29
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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This truck stop offers instant access from I-5, along with food, gas and a rest area. It is clean and well-maintained.

This is a local high spot along the freeway. It has a good view of Mt Rainier from the back parking area.

If you want to avoid Oregon's full-service gas stations, this is a very convenient fill-up spot in CN85 near the state border before leaving Washington.

Driving directions: I-5 exit 16
- Shell station is on the east side of the freeway
- NW Paradise Park Rd and NW La Center Rd

Goose Hill, CN85pv57

Latitude Longitude
45.907749 -122.701449
Map Location Near city of Woodland, Clark County, WA, Altitude 820
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-02-19
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Goose Hill overlooks I-5 and the greater Columbia River valley, with easy access from the freeway. Although residents have gated the very top point, you can park on a gravel driveway for an open view in all directions with some low remaining rise to the north. And I even made some contacts northward into Seattle with my 15' mast and 7-element beam. Goose Hill has a radio tower nearby, but it's just a 911 transponder and did not cause 2-meter interference.

From I-5 take Exit 22 and wind your way up a mossy and scenic road. Turn left from Bratton Road onto NW Goose Hill Ave. Ignore the "Dead End" sign. Continue up to the top, turning left onto someone's dirt road before you reach their house. Driving time is about ten minutes from I-5.

This is a fine spot, but if you have a little more time and a 4wd vehicle, a much better spot is Davis Peak CN85qx up along the ridges just north near Ariel and Lake Merwin.

Woodland Ridge, CN85ow99

Latitude Longitude
45.956630 -122.751630
Map Location Near city of Woodland, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 900
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2006-09-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN85
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Woodland Ridge 1

This is an excellent quick location from I-5. The exposure to the south is very good, but there is a hill to the north that blocks the Puget Sound area on UHF.

Driving directions: From I-5 take exit 22, (Dike Access Road). Go East.
- Go about 1 mile and take Green Mountain Road left near some Little League fields.
- Follow Green Mtn Road up the hill.
- Look for a large sign on the right side of the road advertising home sites or lots.
- Turn right and follow the roads up the steep hill.
- At the top of the hill there are several good locations.
- As of 6/01 the road was gated near the top of the hill.
- If you continue up Green Mtn. Road you'll start down the Kalama side of the mountain and eventually end up in Kalama. This is not recommended because of slow roads.

Davis Peak, CN85qx95

Latitude Longitude
45.981167 -122.583833
Map Location Near city of Ariel, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 2260
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-02-19
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Davis Peak offers an outstanding ridge road with some pulloffs for operating with views in all directions. Note that a 4wd vehicle is needed for these forest service and logging roads. Note there is always snow in the winter, even when the lowlands are clear and warm.

Davis Peak is a half-hour drive from I-5 Exit 22 near Woodland. Follow highway 503 along the north side of Lewis River. Continue past Hansen Road (a dead end of course) and turn left onto the nicely paved Fredrickson Road. At the "end of maintained county road" sign, continue onto the logging roads. At every branch in the road, choose the upward path.

There is a longer alternate route suggested by Google Maps, which doesn't currently show the logging road at the end of Fredrickson Road. The alternate route turns off at Little Kalama River Road and climbs up to follow the ridge line to Davis Peak. There are likely even more good candidates along this path.

Check the area in advance for campgrounds. I saw several pull-outs that have been used for camping but of course there are no services. This road is well known to the local teenagers for summertime hangouts.

I did not operate the radio on my reconnoiter visit, but I'm tempted to come back for the Salmon Run contest in Cowlitz County. Also, it was very foggy and snow covered; the tiny dirt path along steep drop-offs makes an extremely disconcerting drive in these conditions.

Beacon Rock, CN85xp71

Latitude Longitude
45.631167 -122.021833
Map Location Near city of Skamania, Skamania County, WA, Altitude 500
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-08-06
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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A national park picnic area with some altitude (500 feet) and fair propagation into Portland on 432 MHz.

I made an easy FM simplex contact into the Portland area.

This park requires a Discover Pass which you can buy on the spot using a drop box. A ranger came through to check, and offered to help me upgrade it from a day pass ($10) to a year pass ($30). Later, I wished I had taken her offer, since I visited Steptoe Butte and needed to have a pass there.

Kalama Gridline, CN85nx89

Latitude Longitude
45.999900 -122.847500
Map Location Near city of Kalama, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 36
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-08-05
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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This is a good operating location for reaching Portland from the south side of the CN86-CN85 grid border.

This is along I-5 on the Washington side of the Columbia River, where you can watch lots of recreational boats, big river barges and railroad traffic. See also Kalama Gridline CN86.

There is a park and playground just north of the grid line. The park has clean restrooms.

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