I like to hike Kratka in the winter; it is an easy snow hike for the winter bonus. This year there is at least some snow, it snowed three weeks ago but we have had some warm days since. It is supposed to snow tomorrow too.

On the drive up, I stopped at Newcomb’s Ranch for a big breakfast; I saved some hash browns, toast bacon and ham for lunch!

Then up to the start of the hike. As I pulled over to park, a Jeep pulled up behind me and it was Dan NA6MG!  He had decided to come up too! So that was cool to be doing a joint activation instead of alone.

Dan NA6MG on the way up. The temperature was about 42F (5C), not too cold, but with a little breeze too. The snow was in good shape for walking.

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And me….I had brought an ice ax and crampons but did not need them

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Got to the top, Dan set up for HF. I set up for VHF with my 2m j-pole hanging in a tree at the summit. Dan started on 17m…after a few QSOs Jerry NG6R told me that the VP8 South Georgia DXpedition was on, and people in the pile-up were calling the VP8 on Dan’s frequency, so I went and told Dan and he went to 15m.

2m FM was active, but only worked one Winter Field Day station.

2m FM: KM6CEM K6MUG KX6A N6WMG KF6LYF NG6R K7LGM KE6LB N6JXE KK6UPD KI6ZZC KK6URX K6QCB K7WYV KK6SMD KI6PMD KE6EMQ KI6WLP W6GLC

Michael KX6A and his son Will N6WMG are new SOTA activators and chasers. Welcome!

Dan on HF

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Twin Peaks (W6 CT-064) from where I was operating. You can see we did not have to sit on snow.

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Later we moved down the mountain a little to the picnic table and looked for activity in the ARRL VHF contest. We heard none on VHF or UHF FM. Here is Dan figuring out how to remove the repeater split that Yaesu puts in at the UHF simplex calling frequency.

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Then we had a nice hike down the mountain. Dan headed back to the west, I drove a little way east to a viewpoint where I finished my breakfast for lunch!

73! Hal N6JZT

Another hike to Occidental Peak near Mt Wilson. Previous accounts here so I will not add too many photos on this post.

First Hike of the New Year: Occidental Peak (W6 CT-098), 5732 ft, 5 January 2015

A nice walk to Occidental Peak (5732 ft, W6 CT-098), 4 January 2014

Occidental Peak (5732 ft, W6/CT-098) and Mt. Wilson, 4 May 2013

Today was a holiday weekend (Martin Luther King birthday). So there seemed to be a lot of cars heading up Angeles Crest Highway even at 0730. Going to ski and play in the snow around Mt Waterman I guess. There was a California Highway Patrol officer stationed a few miles up looking like he was there to intimidate drivers into slowing down; I hope he had some effect since everyone seemed to want to go fast and pass me. He looked like a classic “Smokey” (i.e.  Smokey the Bear)- big hat, mustache, immaculate uniform – the works! Wish I had a photo!

A 45 minute walk from the big antenna tower entrance to the summit of Occidental. The 45 minute hike always seems harder than it “should” be because it is quite rocky in places and goes up and down a lot.

A little snow. Not a good hike to do if it were covered in snow since much of the hike traverses a steep slope.

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Hung the 2 meter j pole on a bush, and set up the HF dipole

 

Started on 2m FM, then 20m and at the end back to 2m. Conditions were good. When I got home I found that the RBN spotter had not seemed to be working so thanks to the chasers who heard me right away on 20m!

20m CW: K0JQZKG3W W6UB AC1Z N4EX W4DOW AE5B NG6R KI8RN NK6A NE4TN W0MNA W0ERI KT5X K0LAF WA9STI NU7A K4MF AD5A N1EU KD5KC S2S W5T DE020

2m FM: KB6WWI W6KLE K6WSJ KF6HMX KK6WMD KI6PMD KD6MHS WD6PQK

 

Throop Peak W6 CT-005 on the left, Mt Baldy W6 CT-003) on the right. There is a lot of snow in the high country.

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The temperature was about 50F (10C) and I was overdressed in wool. But I wore it because I figured I would be sitting for an hour. But it was sunny so I was warm and I got too hot on the return!

On the drive down the Mt Wilson Road I saw that the service road to Mt Disappointment had not been plowed, so it was icy and some kids were playing on it.

 

73! Hal N6JZT

We have just had a lot of snow up in the mountains this past week, so I wanted to go up to the Angeles Crest to enjoy the nice view from Pt 4202.

Strawberry Peak (W6 CT-018) and Mt. Lawlor (W6 CT-089) from near the start above the little Clear Creek USFS ranger station.

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There is even a little snow on my little mountain. Mt Lukens (W6 CT-030) center and Hoyt Mountain (W6 CT-146) right. There’s snow up on Lukens.

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Mt Disappointment (not a SOTA peak)

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Pt 4202 is not a particularly good mountain for 2 meter FM, since higher mountains obscure the line of sight to areas such as the San Gabriel Valley where Charles KM6CEM lives

DId HF, then a little on 2m

20m CW: N7BHP NG6R KX0R W0MNA WA2USA KG3W W0ERI K6APW/7 W4DOW N5EIL N4EX KB7HH KT5X NS7P K4MF WA7SB AK5SD KA5AVB NE4TN

30m CW: W7RV W7USA K6APW/7 AD5A AE9F K8TE W7CNL KX0R

2m FM: KK6MRH KB6WWI

Condor Peak (W6 CT-027). Snow is present on the east “wing” of Condor. Snowy Iron Mountain (W6 CT-024) is just visible peaking out in the gap between the east “wing” and the next bump – Fox Mountain.

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Strawberry and Lawlor, “desert” peaks with snow! Both are abour 6000 ft (1800m) elevation

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73!

Hal, N6JZT

Good weather was forecast locally, clear, cold, with light winds. The latter is particularly important to me since I do not want to get cold! Since it was New Year’s Day holiday, I did not have to set off early to beat the rush hour, so set off at 0645 when it was light, and reached the trail head at 0810. Had a couple of cups of hot coffee in the Jeep, and set off on the short 2 mile hike at 0830. The temperature was just below freezing (31F, -0.5C) and as forecast there was little wind.

 

Some previous activations:

https://halssota.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/bike-ride-on-vetter-mountain-w-ct-021-5908-ft-16-january-2015/

https://halssota.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/bike-ride-to-mt-vetter-w6-ct-021-22-august-2014/

https://halssota.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/vetter-mountain-w6ct-021-5908-feet-27-september-2013/

 

A nice hike with a little snow on the road

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At the top, I started on 2m FM and worked K6QCB, KM6CEM, and NG6R. Since there was a light breeze, I moved down a few dozen feet to the picnic table which is more sheltered.  While setting up for HF I heard Chris K6CMG calling on my HT 2m FM, so moved back up to the ridge line so he could hear me and we completed the QSO.

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I’m guessing the temperature was just above freezing while I operated, but in the sun and out of the wind it was OK. Signals were strong on both 20m and 30m

 

20m CW: W0MNA W4DOW NA6MG W0ERI KX0R NE4TN WA7SB NS7V AC1Z W7CNL N1EU AC7P W5ODS WA9STI KG3W K7ZO K0LAF VA6FUN AE5B N7WM K4PIC

30m CW: KT5X W7RV NS7P W6JMP K7JFD

Scott WA9STI was on W6 SC-311 (“Malibu Springs Hill”) and in the National Parks on the Air:  Santa Monica Mountains (“RC17”)

 

Feeling a little chilled after an hour’s operation, packed up and headed down

Mt. Waterman (W6 CT-012) and Twin Peaks (W6 CT-064)

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Twin Peaks

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After getting down, drove up the Angeles Crest Highway five miles to Newcomb’s Ranch and had a nice bowl of hot chili. The outside temperature by then was still only 41F (5C) so the chili really hit the spot!

It was not crowded today; yesterday the Norton Motorcycle owners’ club had been up with about 150 motos, and Freddie Rundall (Newcomb’s general manager) told me he expected tomorrow Saturday and Sunday to be busy too.

 

73! Hal N6JZT

A nice little hike up in the Santa Monica Mountains. This peak is listed as “Pt 2126”, it is the high point of Temescal Ridge and is also known as Temescal Peak. Up early and then drove towards Santa Monica, to Pacific Coast Highway, right on Sunset Blvd for half a mile, then left on Palisades Drive which eventually continues as Chastain Parkway. There are a few signs indicating “Topanga State Park Access”.  Right on Las Palmas, driving through an area of ritzy houses. Then after two blocks there is a small parking lot (and good restrooms) on the left, trail starts on the right. The parking spot doesn’t say anything about a trailhead; I bet the housing developers had to put it in to comply with access requirements to the state park.

A good description of access and the hike is here:
http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/temescal-peak/

The trail starts as a concrete walkway to the right, after about 50 yards it heads to the left and switchbacks. At the end of the concrete is a dirt trail and a Topanga State Park sign, and Temescal Ridge is reached quickly

Very nice hiking at dawn, view down to Santa Monica and beyond

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This is now the Temescal Ridge Trail, which eventually becomes a fire road at the intersection with Trailer Canyon Fire Road

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The trail is about 2.5 miles and 600 ft or so elevation gain to the top. Eventually the true summit comes into view, there are two posts on the summit, which you can see by enlarging the picture. Note the “cap like” structure of the summit, you leave the fire road and go up your choice of use trails. There is a benchmark “DIVIDE” at he top. Took me an hour and a quarter.

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Set up for 2m, only Billy KM4PQS was on the calling frequency. He was getting his truck loaded in La Verne and then would be making a long run to South Carolina. He got his ham ticket a couple of weeks ago so he was pleased that someone was on frequency!

View back along Temescal Ridge

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Called QRL? on 14.062, Scott KG3W was right there waiting for me! Worked HF, then back to 2m.

20m CW: KG3W W0MNA W0ERI VE7HI K4YA N4EX K8TE N7WM K4MF NG6R N7BHP KB2XX K4PIC W4DOW NE4TN WA2USA KX0R K0LAF KA5PVB WD9F NU7A W4KRN

30m CW: W7RV W6JMP KX0R AE7OV NS7V KH2TJ

2m FM: KM4PQS NK6A KR6RG N6HEG WA9STI KM6CEM

 

Sandstone Peak (W6 CC-056) in the distance

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Then back down, here is the intersection with the Trailer Canyon Fire Road which gives a longer hike if you want to start from the Michael Lane access point

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I continued on the “Sunset” route by continuing straight.

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The trail will eventually take you all the way to Sunset Blvd through Temescal Gateway Park, but I turned right and back down to the Palisades

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Parking lot and restrooms

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Trail starts up this way

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73!

Hal

N6JZT

 

 

I figured I would hike Mt Waterman to pick up the three point winter bonus. I like to activate some of these mountains for 8 points in the summer, then again in December for the winter points. No snow to speak of on the ground; it snowed a little a few weeks ago but now it is dry as a bone! I decided to do 2m VHF only since I wanted to concentrate more on the hike and less on setting up antennas this time.

Set off at 0630, temperature a few degrees above freezing. I was trying out some new wool hunting pants I had bought from the Johnson Woolen Mills in Vermont. They certainly kept me very warm!

The summit is about 15 minutes away. Nice sunny weather

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Used the roll up j-pole, made a lot of FM QSOs

W6W KK6QMS KI6UCN KM6CEM KB6CIO NG6R N7VFF KD6CQS KC6CYO W7QED N6JO KI6PMD K6QCB

W6W was in San Diego commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor (Dec 7), W7QED was with his Boy Scouts who were collecting mistletoe, KK6QMS was Clifford up on San Pedro Hill s2s putting in a new repeater.

Then a nice walk down via the Jeep road, stopped and chatted with Todd who was driving his pickup  up above the ski lifts to pick up some firewood. We lamented the lack of snow! Temperature was in the low 50s when I got back to the Jeep.

73!

Hal N6JZT

 

Another mountain in the Santa Monicas, not too far from Saddle Peak (W6 CT-035). I drove as for Saddle Peak via Pacific Coast Highway, Las Flores, Rambla Pacifico and Schueren Road, but this time turned sharp left and then down Stunt Road several miles to the start of the hike up the Calabasas Peak Motorway. There was a good place to park at a trail head just south and on the opposite side of the road. Also easy access from the 101 Freeway, but I preferred the coast route.

Started early at 0600 before dawn. The road is well graded but steep. It is about 900 feet rise in 1.7 miles which I felt was too steep for the bike, since the average grade is 10% or so. The walk was short enough that I wouldn’t need a bike to ride down!

Calabasas Peak on the right

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Followed a use trail to the summit for the last quarter mile, the top is brushy but there is a post there to which I attached the mast

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Looking back

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First on 2m, could hear Charles KM6CEM sometimes but he could not hear me. He was having a problem with his radio. Finally towards the end of the activation we had a QSO when he got one of his radios working, and also worked Mike N6MKW summit to summit on Hoyt Mountain W6 CT-146

2m FM: KB6WWI KD6CQS N6HEG KM6CEM N6MKW
20m CW:N4EX NG6R NE4TN KG3W K4MF KX0R W0MNA W0ERI WB5USB
30m CW:W7RV KX0R NU7A

The geology here is very scenic

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An easy walk down, this shows where I parked the Jeep

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View back towards Calabasas Peak from the parking area for Saddle Peak

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73!
Hal
N6JZT

I thought I would write a little about my favorite 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 point summits after three years of Summts on the Air. Three years ago I would not have imagined that I would hike 50+ unique summits in Southern California. On looking at my selections, I see they have a common thread of providing some good solitude.

Mt Williamson (W6 CT-011) 8248 ft, 8 Points
Looking along the ridge towards the summit
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This is a moderate hike, not strenuous. I like the pine trees and nicely graded paths on this mountain. About half the time I run into one or two other people when doing this hike. You can start from Islip Saddle on the Pacific Crest Trail (the sunny way) or from back along the Angeles Crest Highway to the west a couple of miles at the PCT (the shady way if you start in the morning). Elevation gain is about 1600 feet, 2.5 miles each way.
https://halssota.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/mt-williamson-w6-ct-011-8248-ft-18-july-2014/

Mt Gleason (W6 CT-017) 6520 ft, 6 Points
Set up with the bike at this old Nike radar base
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This is a fairly long bike ride of 9 miles each way, almost all on a paved road. The first 2.5 miles is 6% grade, then gets easier. The final mile or so is a 10% grade so I push the bike up this section. Elevation gain is about 1800 feet on the way up, 300 feet on the way back as you climb back to the shoulder of Little Gleason (Pt 6020, W6 CT-087). Remember, going down on the bike is much easier than walking! If you want, you can combine Little Gleason and Mt Gleason. Also, Mt Gleason has a 3 point winter bonus from 1 December to 15 March, so this is a good time to go if the road is clear and the weather is good.

I like the “feel” of the summit, which is an old Nike radar site. There are a few remnants of the old days here. On the way up, you pass by the burned-out remnants of the barracks, which were used as a fire fighters camp until the station fire of 2009. I think there will not be as much solitude at the summit if the road is ever re-opened to public travel. On my activations, the road has been used by trucks going up to the Gleason/Little Gleason Saddle to do high voltage line work. Perhaps they are finished by now.

One hint on this bike ride: try not to do it if there is a cold wind from the north or north east; the start of the ride at Mill Creek summit is onto the teeth of this. Twice I have abandoned the ride when faced with this kind of wind!
https://halssota.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/winter-bike-ride-to-mt-gleason-w6-ct-017-6520-ft-16-feb-2015/

Condor Peak (W6 CT-027) 5440 ft, 4 Points
View from the summit back the way I came
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This is a very strenuous hike, about 7.5 miles each way, with about 3700 feet elevation gain up, and maybe a couple of hundred feet on the way back. It starts near Vogel Flats in Big Tujunga Canyon. Though this is my favorite 4-pointer, I don’t think I will do it again because it is very strenuous at my age. But this is a very good hike for solitude in some very rugged country! Take plenty of water, there is no shade so it is best not to do Condor in the summer.
https://halssota.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/the-one-day-of-the-condor-condor-peak-5440-ft-w6-ct-027-11-november-2014/

Yerba Buena Ridge (W6 CT-163) 3892 ft, 2 Points
I have found that sometimes lower peaks like this have spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. Here is a view towards Condor Peak from Yerba Buena Ridge
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This is a nice moderate hike with 7.5 miles round trip, and 2300 feet elevation gain. The path is well graded, and about half is on a dirt road. The trail starts on Gold Creek Road from Little Tujunga Canyon.
https://halssota.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/mountain-friday-yerba-buena-ridge-w6-ct-163-3892-ft-28-november-2014/

Peak 1838 (SC-311) 1838 ft, 1 Point, “Malibu Springs Hill”
Nice views of the Pacific Ocean from hikes in this area
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Only recently have I started to hike in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu. I have tended to do mountains in the San Gabriels until now. This is a nice little hill with a nice trail to it; about a half hour walk along Malibu Springs Trail from Decker School Road. I don’t think it sees too much activity, I am thinking hikers in this area probably are up on the Backbone Trail around Sandstone Peak and Triunfo Lookout. I have decided to refer to this peak as “Malibu Springs Hill” since it deserves a name!
https://halssota.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/triunfo-lookout-2658-ft-w6-sc-219-and-pk-1838-w6-sc-311-31-october-2015/

73!
Hal
N6JZT

So this is something of a milestone, my 100th “Summits On The Air” hike since I started in November 2012!

Beautiful day, temperature in the low 50s and a bit windy, about 10-20 mph from the North. Started at the Sandstone Peak trail head. Here, there is a large dirt parking lot and a rest room. When I got there before dawn, there was a National Park Service SUV there, then a pickup arrived; the guy asked me nicely if I could move my Jeep so he could get his trucks in, as they would be filming a car commercial! So I moved to one side and closer to the lot entrance. A few more pickups arrived as I drank coffee, and set off at 0615 a few minutes before sunrise. You follow the trail uphill and turn sharp left after a quarter mile, this is the Back Bone Trail again. Alternatively you can park about a half mile further up the road at the Mishe Mokwa trail head, follow a connector trail downhill for a quarter mile, then turn sharp right. If you want a seven mile loop hike you can follow the Back Bone Trail to the top and beyond, then circle back on the Mishe Mokwas Trail.
http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/upload/CircleXRanch8-08.pdf

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Follow the trail for a mile, pass a couple of use trails at the shoulder high point, then in 100 yards turn left at a sign, and follow steps and a trail to the top. There is a repeater about 100 yards before the summit.Took me an hour and five minutes, 1100 feet gain, 1.5 miles.
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I was chilled in the wind, so set up for 2m with the j-pole on a small patch of dirt out of the wind but with a steep drop off to one side. There really was not enough room to set up an HF antenna right at the top out of the wind. It is very steep!
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2m FM: KB6WWI KM6CEM KC6DSH N6HEG NG6R

After 15 minutes on 2m, moved down the peak back the way I came a little way to get out of the wind and find some flat space. Set up for HF, called QRL?, Dow W4DOW answered but I had to call AS (wait) when the mast blew down…fixed this and completed the QSO with Dow!

20m CW: W4DOW NE4TN KX0R K0LAF KG3W W0MNA W0ERI N4EX WA7SB NU7A WA2USA NK6A NA6MG AC7P VE7KBN

30m CW: W7RV K6HPX WA7SB W0RW W7USA

Beautiful view, actually the Park Service info at the trail head states that it is not sandstone, it is volcanic!

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And then headed down

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This mountain is a real gem, the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. I am sure it is very popular so I am glad I hiked it early on a Friday before anyone else was hiking; met two hikers on the way up as I was going down around 0915.

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As I hiked down I heard a car racing up and down the road, so I guess the commercial was for a sports car, but I never did learn what car it was. As I left the parking lot, the California Highway Patrol officers there said I could turn right and go down Yerba Buena Road, or wait a few minutes if I wanted to head up the road. I chose to go down, and after a few minutes stopped at the National Park Service Circle X Ranch center and finished the coffee and ate a cherry pie I had brought with me. This was a “TastyKake” brand pastry from Philadelphia. So after 35 years here in California they have finally begun to sell TastyKakes here. Since I am from near Philly originally (WN3JAG/WA3JAG) that is a treat!

73! Hal N6JZT

My right foot is still sore, so I thought I would do some shorter hikes up in the Santa Monica Mountains: Triunfo Lookout and maybe Pk 1838. The latter has been activated only once, by Mike N6MKW.

Drove up the coast in the dark, through Malibu and up Yerba Buena Road. Parked at the turnout and gated fire road pictured in Mike’s blog for Triunfo. Mile marker 8 is about 100 feet up Yerba Buena Road from this turnout. There are some large boulders in front of the gate now too.  Didn’t have a map but thought I had it OK “in my head”. Started at dawn up the fire road which quickly narrowed, then turned left, for reasons I will show a little later. Continued for about a mile, which I felt was too long, then up a use trail to the left. By this point it really seemed like I was hiking the wrong hill and I was correct in my feelings!

On the use trail, which got more and moree obscure, I came across this oak treee with an asphalt platform around it!
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I was pretty sure I was in the wrong place, which was confirmed as I neared the top and could see the bright white concrete structure across the way on the real Triunfo!
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Obviously I did not know the local geography at all well! So I hiked down and back to the jeep. I was actually on the Backbone Trail, which I saw later on the map comes close to where I had parked. So I had an an extra one and a quarter hours of hiking that I had not planned on.

And here is where I had turned left, the correct way goes to the right! Left is a short connector to the Backbone Trail.
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After about 15 minutes take a left and up to the summit in another 5 minutes, with its strange structure looking like a transporter in Star Trek.
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Very nice views at the top
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Sandstone Peak (W6 CC-056) will be a good one for another day.
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My 2m j-pole developed a loose connection, so I was limited to the rubber duck. Unfortunately Charles KM6CEM could not hear me when I was using this. I told the first callers I was on “CT 219”, since I am so used to the CT prefix. Luckily Scott WA9STI put the right spot out, and I also started giving out SC-219 when I realized my error. Good HF conditions

2m FM: KB6WWI KC6KYO WA9STI NG6R KK6QMS
20m CW: NA6MG WG0AT W4KRN N0DA W5ODS AE5B NE4TN N4EX WA2USA WB5USB WA7SB VE2JCW N8BB ND0C K6TUY VA6FUN W0MNA W4JKC W0ERI WA8REI W7CNL N7SAG KB7HH NO2D NK6A NU7A N0EVH K0JQZ OH9XX
30m CW: W7RV W5ODS K6TUY K0LAF K6HPX

Then about 15 minutes to get down. Though I was a little behind time, and it was getting hot, I thought I would go check out SC-311. My foot wasn’t too sore. Drove over to Decker Road, then down Decker School Road. Note NOT Decker School Lane which I also tried but is wrong!

Start at the Malibu Springs Trail, as in Mike’s blog
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Turn left here at the State Park/National Park boundary
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Views along the way
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Summit rocks about 20 feet off and 6 feet higher than the path. Took 25 minutes to get here.
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Too brushy to set up on the rocks, so set up on the path. Was able to find a little shade
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First on HF, I was lucky and heard N0TA calling CQ from a summit in Colorado. On 2m, heard Patrick KK6KUM on Cucamonga CT-006 but he could not hear me. Jerry NG6R told Patrick I was on, so he moved higher, I moved up to the rocks, and we were able to complete another summit to summit QSO. Thanks Jerry and Patrick! Later from home I worked Patrick again when he was up on Ontario Peak, his third summit of the day.

20m CW: N0TA WA7SB WB5USB ND7PA NG6R K7FO KG0EW VA6FUN WA2USA AE5B AC7P
30m CW: KB7HH W7RV K6TUY W5ODS N7BHP AE9F W4NJK
2m FM: NG6R KK6KUM

Then a hike down in the heat. This obscure little peak I found to be quite a pleasant hike and activation. There is a nice feeling of remoteness on Pk 1838, I don’t think too many people come this way.

What are those antennas for?
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Sandstone Peak and Triunfo Lookout
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That evening my foot was not sore so maybe the hike was good for it…

Thank you chasers!
73!
Hal N6JZT

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