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Old 03-02-2017, 05:27 PM
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Is it illegal to drive up to those radio towers on top of mountains?

Simple question...

I would like to go up to one of those radio tower facilities that are on the top of a hill and get some "Mountain Top" pictures of my Jeep.

Is that legal? Is that public land or is it private/government land?

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That is a really good question, I would think it is privately owned. So beware of trespassing laws.
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you could do a GIS search, usually if you know the cords you can see who owns the land its on
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It appears to be Radio & TV stations.

The Coordinates are 36°00'29.4"N 115°00'23.2"W
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Our club has a couple of Amateur radio repeater sites next to some broadcast towers here in Reno. Most of the sites are gated and marked private property. Vandalism is an increasing problem. We have installed cameras and motion lights along with high voltage warning signs to try to keep people out. Still they cut the locks off the gates and spray paint our buildings. If its gated, stay out.
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You can drive up there, if it is a public road. It is not a public road, then check the trespassing laws in your state. In several states, it doesn't matter if the property is posted or not, if it isn't your property or you don't have permission to be there, then you are trespassing.
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In addition to what bbtj said,


In some states, 'permission' means you have to have written permission in your possession at the time you are stopped. Verbal permission is often treated as 'no permission' because it's simply to easy to say you have permission. (It's always a good idea to have written permission anyway)

Some, not all, of those installations on peaks that are located in public lands have a lookout area nearby that are open to the public.

As mentioned earlier, use the GIS to determine who owns the property, then see what permission you need, or if there is a nearby area that you do have access to.
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Well,

Using Google Maps, it appears there is a pretty big gate at the bottom of the road leading up to the towers.

So I believe it will be a No Go.
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Not saying it is illegal or not but if you're caught the best excuse is you were heading up to find out who owns the tower as you're looking to start a Wireless ISP and would like to lease space.

Source: former WISP deployment coordinator, oftentimes looked at a tower and needed to know who owned it...Private vs. American Tower (most sites are owned by these guys)

Most sites have an emergency number on the gate or fence you could call and ask permission to be there.
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Well,

Using Google Maps, it appears there is a pretty big gate at the bottom of the road leading up to the towers.

So I believe it will be a No Go.
Just because there is a gate does not mean that it is limited access. Figure out the land status out there (see below). Gates do not always mean the land is private; it could be out there for many reasons (namely to control access to grazing allotments). You are allowed to go through gates on public lands, just be respectful and close them on your way through.

If the land is Federal (Forest Service, BOR, BLM, USFW, etc) you can go to your local office and get maps pretty cheap ($8, last time I got one) that show land status in different areas. Most roads are public and even have easements across private property, but I would definitely be wary of anything posted "No Trespassing". Generally, I'd say you'd be fine as long as you stay to the road proper.
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A group of us has gone to a couple towers here in the Reno area with no problems. When you get up there most places are fenced just around the equipment.

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