I took a look at the "old" aerial photos in google earth, and it looks like it has been there a while, however it is hard to tell. The new photos are SO much more detailed than the old ones were.
It looks a lot bigger than the radio repeater up on Squaw Mountain. It almost looks like there is something buried across the road from that complex as well. Maybe it is a bunch of those "preppers" that have created a bunker on the top of Whalehead!
Found some info on Whale Head, Tumala Mtn doesn't show up though.
WHALE HEAD: Type: Tower, Overall height: 34 m, Call Sign: WPXA420
Assigned Frequencies: 467.237 MHz
Grant Date: 01/26/2013, Expiration Date: 02/20/2023,
Registrant: Forest Industries Telecommunication
Interesting. Wondering who "FIT" was, I googled the name and address and came up with this:
FIT stands for Forest Industries Telecommunication, so I'm guessing it is someone that the forest service must contract with. Either that, or private companies use it as well.
Once the snow melts, that will be on my list of places to visit.
Was in the area, so I decided to head to the top of Whale Head yesterday to see how far I could get. Predictably we got stopped by snow about a mile short of the tower.
The reason im even posting this is the view. It is superb! One can see the valley, Portland and beyond to the coast range. The view rivals Goat Mtn.
This thread intrigued me last spring when I saw the facilities on top of Whale Head on Google Maps. I tried pretty much every weekend in May to get up there and finally made it on June 2. The structures are indeed transmitters for the logging industry. They were in remarkably great shape. The road in was covered with brush for the 1st quarter mile, but then cleared after that. The views were fantastic - great shots of Hood, Jefferson, Ripplebrook, and Frog Lake. There was lots of fresh bear & cougar scat up there. We spooked something (actually 2 somethings) on our way out. We heard a loud grunt from the thick brush near the road and then the cracking of the brush as whatever they were ran the opposite direction. It scared the crap out of us! I've attempted to post some pictures from the excursion.
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