Polk County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: November 11, 2006
Laurel Mountain is an FAA radar site with a bad reputation due to
lack of access. Especially since 9-11, the government has been
sensitive about security around critical sites like this. Peter and
Mary Green had to call their Congressman to get permission to visit
the site. Possibly their persistance paved the way for my much
I started my search for FAA permission to visit this site, by calling
the numbers Dean Molen provided in his trip report. I was referred back to
the regional office and told to talk to Toni Watkins-Cline (503-258-6981,
Toni.Cline@faa.gov). She was very helpful, and was able to get
permission for me within a couple of weeks.
I recommend that you send an E-mail request to Toni with a description of the vehicle you
intend to use, the date you would like to visit, and contact information.
I came in when the gates were open for hunters, but if
you want to go at a different time of the year, try Weyerhauser Land
Use Manager, Scott Marlega, 541-451-8206. I didn't need to talk to
Mr. Marlega so I can't say how receptive Weyerhauser is to access
outside of hunting season.
The FAA requests that no pictures be taken at the site.
The site is frequently visited by FAA personnel and is monitored by CCTV.
I carried a copy of my E-mail permission with me in case anyone asked.
I would not recommend stealthing this one.
The day I was there (November 11, 2006), the mountain had an inch or two of snow.
I was able to find the benchmark which is just east and north
of the gate for the summit enclosure fence.
Author: Ken Russell