Well, there are no strawberries on Strawberry Peak. It is a desert mountain! It got its name from being shaped like a strawberry resting on its base, apparently.

View of Strawberry Peak from my Josephine bike ride. The easier route I took is on the right(east) ridge. The left(west) is Class 3.
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I got up early, and started the hike at 0515 in the dark. It was nice to see the stars against a black sky. The hike begins at Red Box (Mt Wilson Road turn off), and is the same as taken for Mt Lawlor. I used my headlamp for a while. Temperature was cool in the mid 60s. At the Strawberry/Lawlor saddle took a use trail west up the peak, quite steep in places.

On the ridge
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There are a few bumps to go over on the way up. Looking back at the false summit from the high point
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At the summit, the 2m noise level was high from Mt Wilson, but made quite a few QSOs on 2m anyway, the first being with Mike N6MKW on Frazier Mountain CC-003. I could hear Charles KM6CEM, unfortunately he could not hear me. Then HF, 20m was OK but not much on 30m. Dan NA6MG kindly spotted me on 2m and 20m. Worked Chris K6CMG just as he was pulling in to work, he put out a call on 2m to see if anyone was on a summit!

Dipole with 30m links. The orientation was E-W since that’s the way this narrow summit runs
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2m FM: N6MKW KW6ACK KN6CCW K6QCB NA6MG K6CMG
20m CW: W0MNA W0ERI NS7P WD4EXI K6TUY WA2USA NE4TN N4MJ AE4FZ
30m CW: K6TUY

View towards Condor Peak and Iron Mountain. Josephine just on the left of the frame. The chaparral is regenerating. The pine tree below didn’t die in the fire so is regenerating too.
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It was starting to get hot when I headed down at 1000. Very bright in the sun!
Trail contours these rugged spurs
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About 6 miles RT, 1600 feet gain. Took me 2h 15m up, 1h 40m down. Drank 3 pints of water on this hike. Temperature was about 82F back at Red Box

73!
Hal
N6JZT

Got up to the area in the dark, so I enjoyed the stars in the dark sky near Switzer picnic area before heading back a few miles to the trail head as the sky lightened. Started the hike at 0530 with my head lamp for a little while until it got light enough to see without it. Took about 45 minutes to get to the top.

Condor Peak
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Set up the mast and 2 meter J-pole and worked Kenan KR6J who was mobile. I put out a call for Bob KB6CIO on the Catalina Repeater, and it was a nice surprise that he came back, he was helping some people in Palos Verdes with geocaching. We moved to simplex, then also worked Neil K6KWI. Then set up for HF.

Yucca
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Though I was told later that the K and A indices were very high, conditions on 20m and 30m were good at this early hour and made lots of QSOs.

2m FM: KR6J KB6CIO K6KWI W6MTM NA6MG KM6CEM

20m CW: W0MNA W4DOW W0ERI N4EX NA6MG K4PIC NE4TN N0EVH K6TUY WA8REI NE1SJ(S2S W3/PO-001) N4MJ VE2JCW K0LAF

30m CW: NS7P W7CNL WA2USA/0 K6TUY WB5BKL

The activation was a pleasant one, the temperature was about 75 degrees with a slight cooling breeze, then starting to get hot when I left at around 0900.

Yep, I know, I know, but the boulders don’t care if I need a level one on which to put the camera…
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I then headed to Aliso Canyon and Aliso Arrastre Cutoff Road to have a look at a mountain (Peak 3819 as marked on the old paper topos) just south of Peak 3788 CT-167. The US Geological Service National Map shows it has a prominence of  520 feet so we need to make this a SOTA peak. If you take its spot height of 3819 feet and go to the nearest 40 foot topo contour of 3320 feet you get 499 foot prominence, which is incorrect; the low prominence is just an artifact of the 40 foot contour interval on US topo maps. The USGS National Map uses the National Elevation Dataset (NED) which includes all available measurements. BTW, List of John says prominence is 519 feet http://www.listsofjohn.com/searchres?textsearch=3819&Search=Name&State=CA

The peak from Aliso Canyon Road
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US Geological Service National Map shows summit as 3818 feet.

http://viewer.nationalmap.gov/viewer/?q=34.43718,-118.16248

Peak 3819 summit
Map courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

Key Saddle is 3298 feet. Note the nifty tool for determining elevations. Horizontal granularity is 1/3 arc second: about 35 feet
Peak 3819 Saddle
Map courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

At the saddle, looking west
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And looking east from the Saddle. I have other photos looking in different directions, the terrain looks as you would expect from the maps.
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GPS position on the tablet. GPS elevation tends to wander around some, and I don’t know what vertical datum it uses. The USGS uses NAVD 88.
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National Elevation Dataset FAQs may be found at http://ned.usgs.gov/faq.html
NED versus Space Shuttle’s lower accuracy measurements may be found at http://ned.usgs.gov/faq.html#SRTM

I then went over to Blum Ranch and bought 50 pounds of peaches for 16 dollars. They were seconds so they were cheap. When I got home I peeled 10 and made a peach pie! Today I made another peach pie. I have a lot of peeling ahead of me; I will freeze most of then after I peel and chop them up.

73!
Hal
N6JZT

I had ridden up Mt Vetter earlier in the year, but didn’t take the radio. At that time, I met the USFS Charlton Flat volunteer Terry who cut back a lot of the Poodle Dog Bush around Charlton Flat, which is the picnic area on the way to Vetter. Since my thighs were still sore from last weeks descent down Volcano Gully, I thought I’d go back to Vetter which is an easy 2 mile each way with 500 feet elevation gain. Got to Charlton Flats just before 0600. The gate was closed so I parked just off Angeles Crest Highway. Then Terry opened the gate at 0605 so parked in Charlton Flats picnic area.

The temporary fire lookout now has a hard roof
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And they are starting to rebuild the real lookout! Here is the foundation
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Got on 2m FM (noise from Mt Wilson again) and Charles KM6CEM was right there. He always has a strong signal. Then Jeff K6QCB and Frank KK6EHQ

Set up for HF with the 5W HB1B
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The propagation was good, maybe also due to being earlier than I usually am. The RBN list shows my 20m signal was making it to the east coast and mid west
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Lots of Qs on 2m, 20m, and 30m

2m FM: KM6CEM K6QCB KK6EHQ KN6CCW KW6ACK KB6CIO K06N

20m CW: W0MNA ND0C W0ERI W9FHA W7RV N4MJ WA5AFD KG3W N7WM N4EX/p S2S W4K/KA-002 W0/DL6AP/P S2S W0C/FR-063

30m CW: W7CNL K6TUY K6EL S2S W6/CC-072 NS7P W0/DL6AP/P N7EDK N7CW K6XM W6IYS WN6E (his first SOTA CW QSO)

Then a nice ride down, noticed that where Terry had cut the Poodle Dog it was growing back! I think we will just have to wait till it gets choked out by regenerating chaparral.  Then breakfast of scrambled eggs, hash browns and toast at Newcomb’s Ranch. Latest news is that Darren and Danielle are engaged! Also, Dr Rundall made it to the 75th Newcomb’s anniversary party last Sunday though he is quite frail.
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After this, I went up to Three Points for a 2 mile walk on the Mt Waterman trail, this takes you on the south side of Waterman above Devil’s Canyon. It gives a longer hike to Waterman and Twin Peaks than the normal route which starts higher. I may take this route next time to add variety to my hiking.

73!
Hal
N6JZT

I thought I would learn a little more about “The Volcano” aka “Don’t Do It Peak”, as named by Tim K6TW. He and Bryan N0BCB activated it back in 2013 and it was a tough climb. I wanted to see if it was possible to traverse at the 5800 foot contour from the gully a third of a mile over to the saddle between Kratka and the peak. The descent down the gully would then only be 900 vertical feet. The traverse would avoid descending another 300 feet down the gully. Yellow track shows Tim’s and Bryan’s route.

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Started from the road at dawn, headed down the gully at 0555. It was fairly steep but straightforward and fairly easy. I did not have my full SOTA gear with me, only the HT, since I wasn’t intending an activation of CT-083.

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Also very scenic

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The view down, after descending several hundred feet in elevation

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View back up

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The GPS said this was around the 5800 foot level: a 20 foot smooth rock wall from one side of the gully to the other. I saw that the traverse was not possible: the sides of the gully were too steep. One would need to continue on Tim’s and Bryan’s route. If I were to attempt it, I would leave a rope here to make sure I could climb back up! Probably could do it without a rope, but…

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View of The Volcano from near the rock wall. The vegetation in the gully up to this point had not been a problem at all; Google Earth shows it gets much thicker below this point. Also, I tried the HT here, could not access any repeaters (Catalina, Mt Wilson, San Dima WIN, PAPASYS), I guess not a surprise.

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Sat and had a Clif Bar and water for breakfast, then headed back up. The weather was nice and cool and sunny.

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Today I wore my old rock climbing helmet to provide some protection against potential rockfall

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I had noted from the GPS that these smooth boulders marked the point of 150 meters elevation below the top of the gully

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View back down the gully. The Volcano to the right

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Near the top of the gully

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View down into the San Gabriel Wilderness

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It took about 50 minutes to get down the gully to the rock wall, and about an hour back up. The walking and scrambling was pretty easy.

Passed by Newcomb’s at 0830, they weren’t open till 0900 so continued down. Further down at the viewpoint of Waterman, Twin, and Baldy got out the HT and talked with Charles KM6CEM. He was able to relay to Jeff K6QCB that I was on the way home and wouldn’t be activating anything today. I could hear Jeff but he couldn’t copy me. I wanted to get home by 11 to meet some fellow retirees for lunch at Thai Top in Hermosa Beach…

73!

Hal

N6JZT

I was thinking of hiking Timber Mountain over by Mt Baldy. However, this past weekend there was severe flooding over there so I will wait a while. I hadn’t been to Josephine Peak before, and it is only an hour’s drive from my house. Plus it is a bike ride. The three “Strawberry” mountains – Josephine, Strawberry Peak, and Mt Lawlor are now open after having been closed 5 years due to the station fire. I hiked Lawlor the day it opened a few months ago! Close by are Occidental Peak and San Gabriel Peak so we have some nice mountains all pretty near each other.

I parked in a gravel area off the Angeles Forest Highway above the Clear Creek USFS fire station. Started along the Josephine Road about 0600. The road is down the AFH a hundred yards on the right.

The road is pleasant and hard packed
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I ended up riding about half the time, pushing half the time. My legs were OK, but my cardio is a bit weak not having ridden for a while. I found as the hike progressed I could ride steeper and steeper sections. Reached Josephine Saddle after about an hour.

“I ride my bike I roller skate don’t ride no car. Don’t go too fast but I go pretty far.”
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Iron Mountain #2 far left, Mt Gleason the big lump right of center
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Near the top. You can see some of the gear at the summit. There is a small microwave tower, and a USFS webcam that Bryan N0BCB installed in 2013. ( http://www.fsvisimages.com/fstemplate.aspx?site=saga2 ) The road doesn’t go all the way to the top, it ends maybe 50 feet down from the summit.
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View towards Mt Lukens
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A nice operating site. Dipole was oriented roughly E-W.
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Soon after getting to the top worked Mike N6MKW who had ridden his bike up Mt Pacifico CT-015. Then a few more 2m contacts, including Jeff K6QCB on Jurupa Peak CT-212. On the 2m HT, there was a high noise level unless I shielded the radio from Mt Wilson.

2m FM: N6MKW KM6CEM AG6ZR K6QCB

30M CW: W7CNL W7RV K1JD N7CW W0MNA W0ERI K7ZX

20M CW: K2JB NE4TN NS7P N4EX KG3W W7CNL N0OI AE4FZ K1JD

As I was packing up three more hikers arrived and we chatted a while.

Then down, a breeze on the bike. Looking back up the road near the top
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Strawberry Peak. Hope to hike this peak in the next few months, when the weather gets cooler.
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Good road. I noticed that the wheel rims got pretty hot due to braking. I’ve read that the tube may fail if the rim gets too hot.
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Fire fighters’ memorial. For the 19 fire fighters lost in Arizona
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The temperature had been about 65F when I started, and 80F when I returned. Drank 3 pints of water. About 4 miles each way with about 1800 feet elevation gain.

73!
Hal
N6JZT

 

I had the nice Nissan Altima rental car for one more day, so I thought I would go for a drive to Big Tujunga and Little Tujunga Canyons. And perhaps an activation of CT-158 Los Pinetos Nike Site during the Little Tujunga part.

Left the house at 0500. Up to Big Tujunga and checked out the Wildwood and Vogel Flats day use areas. The river was flowing and not dried out. Then parked at mile marker 4.5 and took a trail along and above the canyon for about an hour’s walk. The weather was overcast (thunderstorms yesterday) and 74 degrees.

Looking down Big Tujunga Canyon near the start of my walk
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Condor Peak far above
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Then over to Little Tujunga and up the road to the hill. Near the top, as I started my short walk, the tech for the antenna test range arrived in his pickup and we said good morning to each other.

HT and J-pole operating site on F2 Benchmark Los Pinetos
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Had some nice 2m QSOs with
N1CY Hassan walking his dog in Blackstar Canyon near Irvine Lake
WB6AJE John mobile going to work
K6GKA Gordon at work in Pasadena
N6HOY John in San Diego, 200 foot elevation, 130 miles distance
W6CJ Jay in Arcadia

I wasn’t able to work any of the usual SOTA 2m chasers, they may have been hidden by hills. Hassan said someone was calling me, this may have been a chaser I couldn’t pull the call out of the noise.

73!
Hal
N6JZT

Another great activation with lots of 2 meter and summit-to summit QSOs. For this activation, I had built a light weight half wave dipole for 20 meters, with extensions for 30 meters. For the center, I used a chassis-mount BNC mounted in a small piece of PVC tube. For the end pieces I used small pieces of PVC tube with banana sockets installed, so I can plug in the 30 m extensions. All 24 gauge wire.  I also made a 2 meter J-pole out of 300 ohm line.

I wanted to start from Islip Saddle (about 6500 ft), since this gives a longer hike than driving up the road and heading straight for Windy Gap. Set off at about 0600. About 5 minutes later a few hundred feet below a pickup passed by, with a dog in the back. Quickly called Mike N6MKW on the HT, since I suspected it was him; he was planning to activate Throop Peak (W6 CT-005). It was indeed Mike and his dog Roxy, he turned around and I waved down to him, then he headed up to his trail head at Dawson Saddle.

View towards the Mojave Desert
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Morning shadows on this nice hike
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After 2.1 miles and just over an hour, passed by Little Jimmy Trail Camp. No one was camping at this nice forest camp site. It has access to water; Little Jimmy Springs. Then a quarter of a mile further on reached Windy Gap. The weather was cool and sunny, with a little bit of wind. Then on up to the summit just under a mile further.

At the summit, I set up the mast and slim jim, and made contact on 2m FM with Mike over on Throop, as well as Charles KM6CEM (a new chaser), Jack NL7SX at Walker Pass between Lake Isabella and Ridgecrest, Troy KQ6PK, and Chris K6CMG. Jack said he was happy to hear some 2m simplex activity. The new antenna seemed to work pretty well.

Set up the 20m dipole
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Started on 20m, pausing now and then to work on 2m FM – but with the HT whip since my one coax was feeding the dipole. The new dipole worked well too; the RSTs of the 20m contacts seemed pretty much the same as with the old dipole.  Worked Ken KN6CCW over on Keller Peak with Bob KB6CIO and Martin WN6E. Switched over to 30 meters, then back to 20m and worked Frank K0JQZ sumit to summit (W0C FR 030). Finally, put the slim jim back up and worked Bob and Martin on Keller Peak.

2m FM: KM5CEM, N6MKW(s2s) NL7SX KQ6PK K6CMG KK6EHQ KK6IZC KN6CCW(s2s) NA6MG KB6CIO(s2s) WN6E(s2s)

20m CW: NS7P VE2JCW WA2USA N4EX N5URL W7CNL KG3W W0MNA N7WM W0ERI WB5BKL N7AMA KB4BKR NA6MG K0JQZ(s2s)

30m CW: W7RV N9KW K6TUY N7CW NM5S

The new HF dipole worked as well as my old one that has heavier gauge wire.

Looking into the San Gabriel Wilderness. Telephoto shot shows Monrovia Peak (W6 CT-028) on the skyline. In front of it is Pt 4654 (W6 CT-127) which I will call the most difficult 4 point activation in the San Gabriels; it looks very rugged with no trails up it. It has not been activated for SOTA and is likely to remain so, I think. Monrovia has not been activated but has trails and a dirt road almost to the summit; it’s “just” a very long hike or bike ride.
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Headed down, took the short turn off to Little Jimmy Springs
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Little Jimmy Spring. The water is nice and cold. Despite the drought, I was happy to find it still flowing
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Flowers at Little Jimmy Spring
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On the hike down a giant Cedar. I wonder how old it is?
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Reached the trail head, then drove west up Angeles Crest Highway half a mile to a small picnic area on the left. There is a nature trail here too. Called Mike on the HT, he came right back and said he was heading down in the truck and only a mile above Islip Saddle. He arrived a few minutes later and we had a nice chat. All us  Southern California activators need to get together some time. Maybe at Newcomb’s Ranch before or after some activations!

Mike and Roxy
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73!
Hal

N6JZT

This was a nice activation, with a lot of summit to summit and 2 meter activity. Left the house just after 0400. The Jeep was getting a new computer “brain” installed, so drove a new Nissan Altima rental that Budget was giving me for only $105 a week! Much quieter and more comfortable than the Jeep, I must say.

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Started around 0600 at the Pacific Crest Trail at mile marker 62.5. Nice hike up, working Neil K6KWI along the way. He was already at W6 CT-158 Los Pinetos (aka “Fernando 2 Benchmark”), along with Bob KB6CIO and Martin WN6E.

Reached the central summit, and worked on 2 meters for 15 minutes: K6TW Tim mobile heading to the southern Sierras for some SOTA, KK6JRX Albert, Martin WN6E, Mike N6MKW who was not yet on the summit of Little Gleason, Bob KB6CIO and Neil K6KWI.
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I then decided to go over to the north summit (5 minutes away), since I had not operated from that point before. Both the central and the north are in the activation zone, but the south point which you hike over first, is not.

Continuing on 2 meters, worked Hassan N1CY and Mike N6MKW who was now at the summit of Little Gleason W6 CT-087. Mike was shadowed by Mt Pacifico, but we managed to complete the QSO. Then I set up the 20m dipole, putting the mast about 3 or 4 feet up in a tree.
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My first QSO on 20m was with Jean-Francois VA2VL in Quebec on VE2 LR-006 Mont Kaaikop. At home, I have never been able to hear JF because of my high “city” noise level.

20m QSOs: VA2VL WD9F N0OI K4PIC W7CNL W7RV KG3W WB5USB NS7P W0MNA W0ERI KB7HH KH2TJ K7TQ WB0USI K6TUY

30m: W7RV K6TUY N7RRR

2m: K6TW WN6E KK6JRX KB6CIO K6KWI N1CY N6MKW, then after HF operation KW6ACK (Ducky) AG6ZR N0OI

It was quite an activation with a lot of good 2 meter and summit to summit activation. Neil was working station after station on 2 m; he had a beam and was running 50W. I really need a better 2m antenna rather than my 1/4 wave HT whip.

View down into Bear Canyon. The long ridge leading from left to Monrovia Peak (W6 CT- 028) on the right. In the center you can see a small rocky ridge that leads up to the right; Pt 4654 W6 CT-127 is at the right end of this ridge but is not visible behind the ridge leading to Twin Peaks in front of it.
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Then a nice hike down. Here looking back up to the Mt. Williamson summit ridge
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Twin Peaks W6 CT-064
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73!
Hal
N6JZT

My right knee has been hurting, so I wanted an easy peak. On Table Mountain, you can drive up almost all the way; a quarter mile walk and 100 ft of elevation gain takes you to the summit.

Drove up via the Angeles Crest Highway, then onto Table Mountain Road near Wrightwood. Parked in the parking lot at the end. This is the “Mountain High North” ski area, in the summer it is called “Sky High Disc Golf”. It used to be called “Ski Sunrise” but Mountain High now runs all three ski areas here: Mountain High West, East (once called Holiday Hill), and North. “North” is kind of unusual in that you drive almost to the top of the mountain, then ski down to the lifts on the north slope.

The weather was bright and fair, in the 60s. My operating site. I set up the mast because I didn’t feel like jumping around to throw the antenna up to a tree branch.
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I had brought the heavy IC-706 and 20Ah battery, so I could operate on 17m and also SSB. Worked many stations, including DJ5AV in Germany, on SSB. I worked Keith KK6LKN when I first got to the summit. He was mobile and he and his wife were on their way to breakfast in Lancaster. Then as I was setting up I heard Ken KN6CCW and gave him a call. Ken kindly spotted me. Then I found my cell phone worked so I was able to spot myself to the SOTA site with text messages.

Date:13/Jun/2014 Summit:W6/CT-067 (Table Mtn.) Call Used:N6JZT Points: 8 Bonus: 0 Delete
Time Call Band Mode Notes
15:08z KK6LKN 144MHz FM /m, Keith
15:30z KN6CCW 144MHz FM
15:40z WA2USA 18MHz SSB
15:43z N4EX 18MHz SSB
15:44z KF7JQV 18MHz SSB
15:46z N4MJ 18MHz SSB
15:47z N7UN 18MHz SSB
15:47z NS7P 18MHz SSB
15:49z DJ5AV 18MHz SSB
15:50z K0LAF 18MHz SSB
15:54z W7CNL 18MHz SSB
15:59z N0EVH 18MHz CW
16:00z N1EU 18MHz CW
16:01z K8TE 18MHz CW
16:04z KG3W 18MHz CW
16:08z WB5CTS 18MHz CW /m near Winslow AZ Steve
16:12z N0OI 18MHz CW
16:30z KT5X 14MHz CW
16:31z WB5USB 14MHz CW
16:33z K9ZMD 14MHz CW
16:34z W7CNL 14MHz CW
16:35z AB5RE 14MHz CW
16:37z K6TUY 14MHz CW
16:38z NA6MG 14MHz CW
16:39z KF7WNS 14MHz CW
16:40z N7KRN 14MHz CW
16:41z W7RV 14MHz CW
16:41z K4PIC 14MHz CW
16:42z NK6A 14MHz CW
16:43z N7WM 14MHz CW
16:44z KC6SSE 14MHz CW
16:45z K6EL 14MHz CW s2s w6 nc 423
16:52z NS7P 14MHz SSB
17:03z W7RV 10MHz CW
17:06z K7SO 10MHz CW
17:08z NM5S 10MHz CW
17:09z N6KZ 10MHz CW
17:10z N7EDK 10MHz CW
17:14z NK6A 10MHz CW
17:15z K6TUY 10MHz CW

Top of the ski lift
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Baden Powell to the west
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Mountain High West. During the late 80s I would come here and go night skiing. That was pretty cool.
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On the drive down. From L to R: Pine, Baldy, and Iron Mtn
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73!
Hal
N6JZT

The US Forest Service finally reopened May 24 the Strawberry Peak area almost 5 years after the Station Fire of August 2009. I had called the USFS office twice to confirm this. The information was also on their web site.  So Strawberry Peak, Mt. Lawlor and Josephine Peak are once again open to the general public.

6AM at Red Box. The trail head is north of the road and a couple of hundred yards east.
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Trail ascends gently to the east, then a sharp turn back to the west
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If you have an uncontrollable urge you can go steeply up 1000 feet….
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I think it is better just to continue on the trail. Strawberry Peak (CT-018) comes into view
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Spring flowers
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At the saddle turn back sharp east to go up the ridge on the use trail/fire break. It is easy to follow on the ascent
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Steep and rugged in places
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From far to near: Mt. Lukens (CT-030), Hoyt Mountain (CT-146, Point 4202 (CT-150)
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The long Barley Flats ridge to the east. Nike Ajax missiles used to be based there. The control site was on Mt. Disappointment. Nike Ajax did not carry a nuclear warhead.
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Handy post for the mast at the top. Mt Wilson, Occidental Peak (CT-098), San Gabriel Peak (CT-019) and Mt Disappointment in the background
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No luck finding chasers on 20m or 30m. My 20m RBN spots didn’t make it to the SOTA spot page, I don’t know why. RBN did not pick me up at all on 30m. Maybe the CQ WPX contest was saturating the systems. So I worked contest stations on 20m, including my old friend Mats KQ7W, once LU9AUY/LU9AY

2m was interesting. I worked Frank KK6EHQ, and then Mike N6MKW who had stopped in a turn out on the Angeles Crest Highway to call me. I noticed a high S9 noise level on the HT. Towards the end of the operation I thought to move north below the lip of the ridge to shield me from Mt Wilson and the noise went away! I was able to work Ken KN6CCW and Jeff K6QCB. I guess junk from the TV transmitters was interfering even though they were several miles away. Maybe a filter on the HT would help.

2m FM: KK6EHQ N6MKW KN6CCW K6QCB
20m CW, all contest stations: VE7WO WG0M JA7ZFN NE5LL KE2VB AD7JP KQ7W N7RO NQ2F NK7U

During the descent, I made a route finding error! At some point I headed down a spur trending left, I guess following a deer trail or something. I finally noticed that I needed to be back on the ridge to the north! I traversed through thick and nasty chaparral to get back there, getting pretty scraped up in the process. This was very annoying! I called my self a dumass when I reached the correct path!

Here is a picture back at the saddle. I went down the spur on the right (which was on the left when heading down). So if you do Mt. Lawlor be more careful than I was!
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The trail is very nice and well graded. About half a dozen mountain bikers came by during my hike today. I think they come up from Big Tujunga and then down to Angeles Crest.
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Had a Mountain Dew back at the car. The Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center at Red Box. I recommend a visit.

http://www.haramokngna.org/visit/learning-center

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Stopped in at Clear Creek Ranger Station to get a new Adveture Pass. The ranger there (Angela) said that even though the Strawberry area was now open, some of the trails were still not up to par yet.

Three miles each way, 1300 feet elevation gain. One and three quarters hours up. Took 4 pints of water and drank 2. Temp about 60 degrees, very mild.

73!
Hal
N6JZT

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Onslow Gardens, California

A garden in Southern California

hammateurradio

Ham Amateur Radio Adventures and Summits

Get out of the Radio Shack and Live Life

Andrew VK1NAM |Amateur Radio | Bush Walking | Summits on the Air (SOTA)

Wave Traveler

Adventures on the Air

rkliman

KB6CIO Bob SOTA adventures

Hal's Summits on the Air

Mountains near Los Angeles and ham radio - N6JZT

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