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Trout Lake, CN96fb70

Latitude Longitude
46.044040 -121.524477
Map Location Near city of Trout Lake, Klickitat County, WA, Altitude (feet)
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Last update: 2016-04-13
Source: Greg KB7QPS
Comments by: Greg Magone KB7QPS

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Trout Lake offers a three-county corner of Klickitat, Skamania and Yakima counties. These three rare counties make it attractive to contests like the 7QP and Salmon Run events.

The approximate location of the county boundary is in the link (the actual intersection is 250' to the east of the road). The rules for the 7QP allow the station location to be located anywhere within a 500' of the county intersection, which includes the forest road. There is a wide enough shoulder to pull off on the side of the road and operate from your rig if that is your preference.

On the ground, I found two survey markers. The first is a cattle gate and official entrance to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, this is shown where the road crosses over the county line on the left. The second was a small stake in the ground that said "national forest property behind this stake" and this stake was located where the county line crossed the road on the right.

Whiskey Dick, CN96wx62

Latitude Longitude
46.967500 -120.116167
Map Location Near city of Vantage, Kittitas County, WA, Altitude 2260
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Last update: 2013-11-25
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Whiskey Dick Mountain is in the south-eastern corner of CN97 with good altitude and good access from Ellensburg or Vantage. However, I haven't found a good clear spot to setup antennas, and the barely-adequate spot I did find is eight miles of rough slow terrain off from the highway.

Much more accessible nearby spots are:

Restrictions: Closed February - April. No camping. Stay on "green dot" roads. Recommend 4wd.

Sunnyside Overlook, CN96xd80

Latitude Longitude
46.128833 -120.009667
Map Location Near city of Sunnyside, Yakima County, WA, Altitude 1841
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Last update: 2012-07-22
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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There's a nice hilltop and overlook on Glade Road just south of Sunnyside, WA. This would make a great spot near the CN96-DN06 grid line to work all of Yakima valley and Richland metro centers.

You can drive east one from here on Township Road and quickly access DN06 in one half mile.

Driving directions: From Sunnyside, drive south on Mabton Road (Highway 241).
- The road name changes to Mabton-Bickleton Road.
- The name changes again to Glade Road and winds its way up a hill.
- Near the top, look for the intersection of Glade and Township roads.
- There is a drop-down snow gate where you can pull off with a view.

Mt Rainier Summit, CN96cu84

Latitude Longitude
46.852737 -121.760616
Map Location Near city of Ashford, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 14411
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Last update: 2010-04-01
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN96
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

This site is on top of a large mountain. It has excellent signal paths in all directions.

Driving directions: Take state highway 706 through Ashford to the Visitors Center. Park car, walk up hill.

Restrictions: Bring oxygen.

Rainout Ridge, CN96aw68

Latitude Longitude
46.950700 -121.948900
Map Location Near city of Carbonado, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 4800
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Last update: 2008-09-14
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN96
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

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This is an excellent operating location, though the weather fronts hit very fast and violently. Lynn operated the 2004 June and September VHF contests from this location and had wild weather both times. It was not hard to get to, but it looks hard on the map. I have pulled a small 5th wheel trailer in there twice, and KB7DQH got his bus in there - it is a steady climb all the way from Highway 165, but not particularly steep.

This location provides excellent VHF and UHF paths to the entire Puget Sound area, and easily reaches down into Oregon on UHF. Use of this area requires a NW forest pass which can be bought in Wilkeson at the general store. Further info is at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/feedemo/nwfp.shtml.

If you plan to spend the night be prepared for some rough weather. The ridge is on hard rock, and it would be impossible to pound tent pegs into the ground, so you might take buckets to fill with rocks. I strongly recommend a scouting trip before you go up there for a contest.

This location is located in an Off-Road vehicle area, so expect lots of traffic. Most of the 4 wheelers are good folks, but I have seen some real morons crashing around in a highly dangerous manner, so be careful on the roads.

Driving directions: Go through Wilkeson, then 14 miles on Highway 165 to Evans Creek ORV area.
- (Exactly 13.9 miles from the "Historical Site: Wilkeson Elementary School" sign)
- Go through the ORV parking lot and then drive to the "Y" and go right.
- On your left will be a parking lot with a bathroom.
- Just past the "Y" you'll pass the entry to the Evans Creek campground.
- Continue up the hill per the following map to the area marked with the arrow.
- There are 3 major intersections from the Evans Creek campground, take a left at each of them.
- At the second intersection, there is a road marking just past the intersection labeled FS 7930.
- You can obtain a better copy of the map from the map board in the parking area.
- The entire grade is on rock road and traction is good but there may be some washouts.

Restrictions: September 14, 2008. Per KD7TS the upper road to the ridge was closed with tank traps. This is likely a permanent closure.

Mowich Road, CN96aw18

Latitude Longitude
46.951000 -121.984200
Map Location Near city of Buckley, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 3300
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Last update: 2012-05-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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On the western flank of Mt Rainier is this neat wide spot on the road. It offers a good CN96 location and then grid CN97 is but a few minutes west, followed by a short drive to Buckley for both CN87 and CN97. Although Mt Rainier is blocking access to Eastern Washington, the mountain provides an effective reflector to reach stations in more places. Mt St. Helens may reduce signal strength of Portland area stations but I worked into Oregon quite effectively. The views are stunning but most side roads are gated off, preventing access to logging roads.

You can ignore the sign "Mowich Lake Closed" because the lake is well beyond our intended parking spot. However, pay attention to "caution rough roads" -- it turns to gravel and washboards just past this sign. A four-wheel drive vehicle is nice but not essential. Just beyond this turnout is the Evans Creek ORV (off-road vehicle) park; beware of a steady stream of Jeeps on this road that are headed up to play in the mud.

The chosen parking spot offers a rocky knob to gain a few more feet of altitude, which improves propagation path to the north through the trees across the road.

This was my most successful VHF 2-meter trip to date. Seattle is 45 miles to the north with booming signals. Portland is 100 miles to the south with good signals. I love this spot.

Toppenish Ridge, CN96ug09

Latitude Longitude
46.291600 -120.327670
Map Location Near city of Toppenish, Yakima County, WA, Altitude 1650
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Last update: 2012-04-28
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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This ridge along the south side of Yakima valley provides a clear view toward Seattle in the NW and to Portland in the SW. A four-wheel drive vehicle is needed to reach the top, but the dry local weather might leave it accessible in winter.

I-90 Rye Grass, CN96vw73

Latitude Longitude
46.932975 -120.185709
Map Location Near city of Vantage, Kittatas County, WA, Altitude 2500
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Last update: 2011-09-16
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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A small rest stop along I-90 in a lovely wind swept area with rest rooms, wifi and a view. On a clear day, Mt Rainier (CN96dv) can be seen 70 miles away due west through a gap in the hills.

There are rest stops on both the east and westbound lanes. The site at the eastbound rest stop is slightly higher. Per WE7X, the best operating location is the Highway Department borrow pit between the east and westbound lanes at the very summit. There is lots of space and no curious onlookers.

A better candidate is probably a few miles north in among the wind farm, or at Whiskey Dick Mountain, CN97va36.

Be aware it's a popular and busy area, so you may be interrupted with comments and questions. Recommended to have signage to inform passersby and avoid alarming anyone.

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