Peak 2507 “Buzzard’s Roost” W6/SC-229 19 February 2021

A nice hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. About 750 feet of elevation gain in 2 miles or so. Eric KG6MZS was activating Sandstone Peak and sent me this photo of Buzzard’s Roost at sunrise. Eric is even more of an early bird than me! The hike starts from Encinal Canyon Road up the Zuma…

Simi Peak W6/CT-207 2403 feet 10 Feb 2021

Took 101 freeway to Lindero Canyon to King James Court for the trail head. Plenty of street parking. Not far from the trail head of CT-228. The path is about 2.5 miles each way, 1300 elevation gain out and 200 feet back The spiky ridge, I think the peak is out of the photo to…

Adobe Mud on Peak 1821 (W6 CT-228) 30 January 2021

A sunny day after heavy rains. Headed to Peak 1821 W6 CT-228 in Westlake Village. Trail head on Bowfield Street off Lindero Canyon Road. Quickly found that the surface was thick sticky adobe mud that built up on my shoes. Annoying to have to stop frequently to pick it off with my trekking pole, since…

Oat Mountain (W6 CT-032) and Ladyface (W6 SC-285) January 2021

A couple of mountains, Oat Mountain on the northern edge of Simi Valley and Ladyface in the Agoura Hills. Oat Mountain is accessed off the 118 freeway, Browns Canyon Road. I parked just before the locked gate. It was extremely windy but at least the air temperature was fairly warm. Oat Mountain has many communications…

Peak 1470 W6/SC-347 26 December 2020

I did not feel like doing SOTA on Christmas Day, so went the day after to get out on the last sunny day before some forecast cloudy and rainy weather. Dan NA6MG alerted for Oat Mountain W6 CT-032 so I would be in a good position for a summit to summit QSO Peak 1470 is…

Peak 4020 (Whitaker Ridge) W6/CT-263 20 December 2020

This mountain can be hiked via Whitaker Peak Road and a spur road. I chose to climb it from Oak Flat via a trail; I was not up for a road hike. Off of I5 (Templin Hwy exit) then north. Turned into Oak Flat (signed) from the Golden State Highway a couple of miles north…

Townsend Peak W6/SC-161 3184 feet 13 December 2020

Another small peak. I have chased this one, so activating it gets me a little closer to my “SOTA Complete” goal of 100 summits both chased and activated. Easy early Sunday morning drive north of Los Angeles on the 5 Freeway, exiting at Templin Highway. Drive west under the freeway. First I headed north a…

Burn Benchmark W6/CT-271 (3094 ft) 6 December 2020

There are two Burn Benchmarks in the area, the other being CT-136. This one, CT-271, is another somewhat obscure summit. I “found” it a few years ago when looking at the topo map, and it was added to the W6 association when Lists of John was finally used as the reference data. It was activated…

Peak 3853 W6/CT-165 29 November 2020

Peak 3853 (i.e. elevation 3853 feet) is a somewhat obscure mountain located just south of Mt McDill, its higher neighbor at 5187 feet. It had been activated only four times: three times by Dan (NA6MG/WO6M) and once by Mike (N6MKW). I finally got around to activating it! I followed their information and parked by the…

Fremont Peak 4584 ft W6/ND-231 15 November 2020

I had planned to do two peaks this day, followed by camping and astronomy. Then another peak the next day. But after climbing Fremont Peak I decided to come home since the nights are now freezing! The trailhead is at the end of Fremont Peak Road, east of US395. Fremont Peak Road is a dirt…

Willow Springs Butte W6 ND-328 3296 ft 9 October 2020

Another desert peak in Rosamond, south west of Rosamond Hills ND-326 several miles. Drove up in the early morning, parking under a solitary street lamp at 80th and Felsite. It is hard to find these poorly marked or unmarked dirt roads in the dark! Started the hike up dirt/gravel 80th street about 0630, you could…

Rosamond Hills W6 ND-326 3330 ft 2 October 2020

With all the National Forests in California closed due to fire or the danger of fire I had not done any SOTA activations since August. We have been having another heat wave…so I thought I would go to the Mojave Desert and do a hike early in the morning before it got too hot. Left…