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…

Peak 7420 (W6 SS-365) 3 October 2019

Dan (NA6MG) and I wanted to climb this mountain as part of our trip to Kennedy Meadows. We would hike north on the Pacific Crest Trail about 3 or 4 miles to a saddle,  then climb the ridge going up south. The topo map and aerial view showed a very steep razor-back summit ridge at…

Peak 7540 (W6 SS-621) and Kennedy Peak (W6 SS-623) 2 October 2019

Dan (NA6MG) and I headed up to Kennedy Meadows, meeting up at Grumpy Bear’s Restaurant and Tavern at around 0700. First hike was Peak 7540. This is in the Sacatar Trail Wilderness, administered by the BLM. The Wilderness is accessed from Sacatar Trail, according to the BLM website. The Sacatar Trail was originally a wagon…

50 Years Since Apollo – Bike Ride to Magic Mountain 18 March 2019

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo, I made another bike ride to visit the Apollo test site on Magic Mountain. The R-4D rocket engines were tested here, as well as other places. These engines were used in the reaction control systems (RCS) of the Lunar Orbiter, Apollo Service Module and Apollo Lunar Module. The…