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CN98 dimensions are 91.6 by 69.2 miles.
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Lime Kiln Trailhead, CN98ab88

Latitude Longitude
48.077457 -121.932600
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 630
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Last update: 2013-03-01
Comments by: Darryl WW7D

This spot is a gravel parking lot for the Lime Kiln Trail.

Fair propagation to the North West, West and South. This spot works better than nearby Mountain Way Elementary School, probably because it is 200' higher. I first used this spot in the Jan 2013 contest.

During good weather it may be difficult to find an open and level spot due to crowding. It seems to be a very popular hiking spot. I visited this spot briefly in 2011, but the level parts of the parking lot were filled with cars. So, I went to nearby Mountain Way Elementary instead.

Driving directions: Google Maps's directions to Lime Kiln Trailhead are clear and easy to follow.

Restrictions: This is a Snohomish County park. No permit is required. Hours may be limited.

Mountain Way ES, CN98ac31

Latitude Longitude
48.088787 -121.970120
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 400
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Last update: 2012-10-15
Source: Darryl WW7D
Comments by: Darryl WW7D

WW7D: I've worked from the Mountain Way Elementary School parking lot a number of times, and it works fairly well. It's at 400'--a little higher than the high school. In JanVHFTest, I spent 1.5 hours there and got (10) 6m, (16) 2m, (2) 1.25cm and (6) 70cm QSOs. In JunVHFTest, I spent a little over 30 minutes in the grid and had (10) 6m, (8) 2m, (2) 1.25m and (4) 70cm QSOs. There are definitely some blind spots from the location. I've always worked out of the north parking lot (not sure why); the south lot may work better. Location: 48.088871, -121.969944

Darrington, CN98fg84

Latitude Longitude
48.268400 -121.510800
Map Location Near city of Darrington, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 2500
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Last update: 2012-10-12
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Up in the hills above Darrington is a primitive dirt track that is said to cross the mountains into Wenatchee. On this track, near the peak, is said to be a flat spot suitable for operating during the summer.

Restrictions: Good 4WD is required.

Mt Pilchuck Top Lot, CN98cb37

Latitude Longitude
48.073767 -121.801050
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 2800
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Last update: 2009-03-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN98
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

This site is a large parking lot for a trailhead near the top of Mt Pilchuck. The road is rough in places, but 2WD sedans drive it all of the time. Expect a lot of traffic.

Wooded area. Good exposure to N and E. Fair exposure to W, but nothing S. 15 miles east of Granite Falls.

Driving directions: Through Granite Falls on Stanley Street
- Go east on Mountain Loop Highway
- Drive approximately 11 miles to Verlot and then cross a big steel bridge
- Just past bridge, look for "Mt Pilchuck" access sign and turn right
- Follow main forest road 6 miles to turnoff to the parking lot
- http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=10&n=5323190&e=589544

Mt Pilchuck Landing, CN98bb96

Latitude Longitude
48.069167 -121.838056
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 2200
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Last update: 2012-11-11
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN98
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Mt Pilchuck Landing 1 Mt Pilchuck Landing 2 Mt Pilchuck Landing 3 Mt Pilchuck Landing 4 Mt Pilchuck Landing 5 Mt Pilchuck Landing 6 Mt Pilchuck Landing 7 Mt Pilchuck Landing 8

Logging landing on west side of mountain. Excellent exposure to N, S, and W. Blocked on East by the remainder of Mt Pilchuck. This is a premier operating location with excellent paths to the north, west, and south. 15 miles east of Granite Falls.

It would be very rough for low slung autos to make it in since the ruts and low areas and rocky pools can be bad. Two-wheel drive pickups will have less problem.

There is ample room to camp and set up, though you can expect frequent traffic through the area.

10/2003 update. People have been burning pallet boards at the landing, and there is an incredible quantity of nails in the dirt on the uphill side of the road. These nails have been burned and are rusty, so they are hard to see. Look before you drive off the road, and check your spare tire before departure!

11/2012 update. This is still an outstanding location with line-of-sight access to most of Puget Sound, and magical ducting into Oregon. The trees are beginning to come back and are now about head height; it will be just a few more years until they start blocking microwave paths. Another good reason to bring saws and pruners.

Driving directions: Go through Granite Falls on Stanley Street.
- Go east on the Mountain Loop Highway.
- Watch your speed through the 35 mph zones in towns - police patrol this area regularly.
- Drive 12 miles to Verlot and the big steel bridge. The milepost is just past the bridge.
- Look for "Mt. Pilchuck" access sign on left just past bridge.
- Turn right up the hill here
- At 1.4 miles is a gate here If closed, try nearby Green Mountain instead.
- At 4.8 miles turn right off the main road here No road marker but the maps say NF4240.
- At 5.1 miles is a very big nasty puddle here Walk it and clear obstacles, keep right.
- At 5.5 miles turn right to go downhill here The left goes through a gully by a rock, that's not the way.
- At 5.7 miles is the landing, park here

Restrictions:
- Bring chain saw, shovel and pruners. Shrubs encroach and trees fall on the unmaintained side road.
- If you are flying rover antennas you should also bring a pole pruner.
- Turn your headlights on because of the narrow road and limited visibility.
- No cellphone service.

Green Mtn, CN98bd92

Latitude Longitude
48.136900 -121.835300
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 2900
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Last update: 2006-09-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN98
Comments by: Mike K7MDL

This is a mountaintop north of Mt Pilchuck and ENE of Granite Falls.

Take Hwy 92 east of Granite Falls, to Robe (a spot on the map at best). On the left will be two tall power poles with transformer platform, and one of them has a white fixed wireless vertical antenna. Turn left after these poles. There are two roads, one 90 degrees from Highway 92, the other veering off to the left. Take this road. It is paved up to a fork in the road. Take the right gravel road up the mountain. It will wind around, with some spurs you might be tempted to turn onto, do not. The main traveled road is the most worn, and you would have to cross a slight gravel berm to leave the main road. The main road is not overgrown, and has plenty of clearance for antennas. The sides are likely overgrown, so you will know if you took a wrong turn.

At the 2900 ft level you will come upon a 90 degree turn to the east and will have a great view. This is the best stop and is the most western high spot on the mountain. There is room to turn around here and park on the side. It is far enough west of Mt Pilchuck to afford a clear shot of Mt Rainier and CN97 stations. No coverage to the east from here, just rock, so plan for that when the evening 6-meter openings come in the summer. It is about a 18 minute run, the road has been in very good shape, much better than Mt Pilchuck's road, and is quicker access and higher also. Lots of shooters come here to the lower elevations.

Going further takes you along the north side of the upper ridge for maybe 6 miles before you cross over to the south side of the saddle where it is very open view east, south, and west. North and NW will be obstructed, and Mt Pilchuck will obstruct the view straight south. CN97 stations are tough from here.

Restrictions: Take along a saw in case a tree falls across the road, you might be the first to deal with it.

Slate Peak, CN98pr87

Latitude Longitude
48.741474 -120.680780
Map Location Near city of Mazama, Okanogan County, WA, Altitude 7300
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Last update: 2009-03-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN98
Comments by: Mike K7MDL

Forest Service Lookout west of Goat Peak lookout and northwest of Mazama off Highway 20.

This location is car drivable after July 4 most years to 7300 ft. The road to the lookout is gated, but it is a short hike to the station. This site was a radar site at one time. Radio Mobile shows that it should provide good signals to nearly every major population center as far south as Portland.

3/16/2009 update from K7CW. I researched getting permission to operate from Slate Peak for a June VHF contest a few years ago. The district ranger sounded amenable to letting us do it, but he referred me to the radio tech who maintains the repeaters. The tech told me that tests would have to be run to determine if there would interference problems. He said that he doubted that permission would be granted. I took that as an indication to not bother him further. Slate Peak is a pretty good location, except for the climb past the gate. But, if you can get them to give you a key, there is a lot of room at the top - enough to set up several stations. The road to the summit is the highest public road in the State of Washington.

Driving directions: West of Goat peak lookout (7000ft) and NW of Mazama off Hwy 20.

Granite Falls HS, CN98ac10

Latitude Longitude
48.087454 -121.985557
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 350
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Last update: 2011-11-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Granite Falls HS 1 Granite Falls HS 2 Granite Falls HS 3 Granite Falls HS 4 Granite Falls HS 5 Granite Falls HS 6

This is a relatively easy drive from home in order to activate CN98. The whole CN98 grid square is rather mountainous, containing Mt Baker and Mt Pilchuck, along with the rugged Cascades that extend unbroken into British Columbia.

The high school parking lot is in the valley so don't expect long-range propagation. It has a good take-off angle to Seattle, the Everett repeaters are loud, and it's close to northwest Washington. I only made two contacts (Ray W7GLF Kirkland, Paul WA9BTV Camano Island) and barely heard the Portland stations a few times.

Mt Pilchuck and Green Mountain are nearby and much better locations for radio work. However, do not enter these mountains in winter without 4-wheel drive and appropriate gear. Otherwise you may have to back down steep glare-ice one-lane roads and pray your ABS is functional going backwards. Don't ask me how I know.

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