Lat 47.00000, Long -122.00000, Alt 1,600′
Dist from home: 62.9 mi/88 min drive, 40.3 mi S
I wonder if there are enough roads in this area near Mt Rainier to support grid square circling? One report shows hams camped on Poch Peak south of Carbonado for the June 2004 VHF contest.
A report from WE7X suggests: “Yes it can be done, but not this time of year.
Highway 165, headed south out of Carbonado, is in CN87. About 6 to 7 miles south, you cross into CN86, and you are mostly in a river canyon for about 3 miles, before crossing into CN96.
Somewhere just before that, as I recall, the road turns to dirt. There is a lot of Motorcycle and jeep activity in the area, because the Evans Creek ORV park is just up the road a few miles.
There are several ways to get into CN97 from places along the route from Buckley to Carbonado. One is by heading due east from Wilkerson. It is only about three miles to the grid line. Another route, which I have never tried, is from an intersection well south of Carbonado, off Hwy 165 while still in CN87, at a fork to the left. There should be a sign referring to “Fairfax” there. Keeping to the right and up the hill keeps you on HWY. 165.
Going to the left, and keeping to the left at the next fork, heads up a road I’ve never traveled very far, but DeLorme says it goes into CN97 for a short distance-and then pretty much ends. The right fork follows the Fairfax Forest Reserve Road and heads to Ipsut Creek area. I’ve traveled that road east and then found my way south through the forest trails to the Evans creek ORV area. You will need more ground clearance than a normal automobile, and it would be foolish to try it without four-wheel drive. My Subaru Brat made it through with no difficulty.
With some effort, it is not hard to operate in those four grids, but propagation from some places may be rather difficult, and access is definitely seasonal.
The N7CFO Rover page lists an operating location in that area, in CN96, which is high up above the Evans Creek ORV park. It is a very good operating site, and up quite high. The road up there is quite passable, but quite rough, rocky, and slow going. The famous ‘Enterprise’ bus has made it up there, and Lynn N7CFO as taken his trailer up there also. It has been used many times for portable operations, but is not an easy spot to try to get in and out of, for a rover operation. (It is not easy to pound guy stakes into the solid rock ground either) – Rod”