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Grid Square DN18

This page - Colville Mountain - Stensgar Mtn - Jumpoff Joe - Bare Mtn - Old Dominion Mtn

Potential VHF rover sites in Washington's grid DN18. Be careful.
This grid square spans two states. See also Idaho DN18.
DN18 dimensions are 91.6 by 69.2 miles.
Hover mouse over a map marker for more about the grid and site.

Colville Mountain, DN18bn27

Latitude Longitude
48.573700 -117.897200
Map Location Near city of Colville, Stevens County, WA, Altitude 3200
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2003-01-05
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations DN18
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Colville Mountain 1

One mile north of Colville, WA.

Site is shielded toward western Washington by higher mountains to the southwest. Might be good toward the northwest into B.C. though.

Colville Mt is only about 3200' high. Also see a better location nearby, DN08 Monumental Mt at 5300'.

Driving directions: Follow Main Street uphill north out of town, up the west side of the mountain
- When the rise tops out, turn right uphill on the narrow dirt road
- Follow switchbacks up the southwest face of the mountain
- You can access the giant letter "C" and cross visible from town that's on the upper south slope
- From here you get a clear shot south down the valley toward Spokane
- The road continues up to the summit where there's a cluster of radio towers

Stensgar Mtn, DN18ae13

Latitude Longitude
48.181196 -117.988701
Map Location Near city of Deer Park, Stevens County, WA, Altitude 4665
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-06-09
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Stensgar Mtn 1 Stensgar Mtn 2 Stensgar Mtn 3 Stensgar Mtn 4

Stensgar Mtn is a driveable high point in the lower corner of DN18, near Spokane, and with this much altitude should have good propogation in every direction.

Be sure to take the gravel Red Marble Road approaching from the north; I talked to locals on the air that said the road is much better and is used regularly to service the radio towers.

I drove this during the 2012 June VHF contest but didn't reach the summit because Locke Road on the west side is overgrown and not maintained. It's drivable with good 4wd but bring a chain saw.

These pictures are not at the top. I'm about 1200' below the summit but could not continue. However I had just crossed into DN18 and so could activate the grid successfully from here.

Jumpoff Joe, DN18dc97

Latitude Longitude
48.114410 -117.671181
Map Location Near city of Deer Park, Stevens County, WA, Altitude 3258
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-06-01
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Jumpoff Joe Mtn is a possible destination in DN18, north of Spokane. May or may not be driveable.

Bare Mtn, DN18ic80

Latitude Longitude
48.087311 -117.259269
Map Location Near city of Deer Park, Stevens County, WA, Altitude 3578
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-06-01
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Bare Mtn (aka Bald Mtn) is a possible destination in DN18, north of Spokane, quite near Jumpoff Joe Mtn. May or may not be driveable.

Old Dominion Mtn, DN18dn09

Latitude Longitude
48.581390 -117.747960
Map Location Near city of Colville, Stevens County, WA, Altitude 5750
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-07-03
Comments by: Randy N7CKJ

Old Dominion Mtn 1 Old Dominion Mtn 2 Old Dominion Mtn 3 Old Dominion Mtn 4

Here's an interesting spot with good elevation in the mountains north of Spokane DN18. A neat picture of K7MDL in the June 2005 VHF Contest looks like fun!

Old Dominion is the 95th most prominent peak in Washington, located seven miles east of Colville. This is said to be accessible with regular passenger sedans here. However, a mountain hiking site suggests using a 4x4 vehicle.

Update July 2012. 4WD is required. The USFS no longer maintains a radio site up there, so road maintenance has been virtually non-existent.

Driving directions: See more maps here.
- Start at the east end of Colville on Hwy 20
- Take the Colville-Aladdin road north
- Turn right on Northport Road
- Follow Northport Road to Threeforks
- Turn right onto the S Fork Mill Creek Road
- In a few miles, look for a wide Forest Road on the south side, possibly number 9411.

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