January Hikes to Occidental, Pk4202

On 8 January 2017 Dan NA6MG and I activated Occidental Peak W6 CT-098. No snow and a warm day 50F/10C between rain storms Dan at the helipad After a nice hike I set up on the summit, Dan a hundred feet back along the path. We both operated on HF, 2m was a bust for…

New Year’s Day Hike to Hoyt Mountain (W6 CT-146) 4404ft, 1 January 2017

I think this is my 5th hike of Hoyt Mountain. The weather forecast was nice for New Year’s day, but cloudy and rainy after that. There had been snow during the night so I wanted to see if there was any on Hoyt at 4400 ft. My first activation here:  https://halssota.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/hoyt-mountain-w6ct-146/ The trail head is…

Snow Hike to Throop Peak (W6 CT-005) 9138 ft 4 December 2016

Dan NA6MG had alerted for Lewis and Throop, I decided to go up too, and put out a general alert on Sotawatch, though I had not decided what mountain to hike. I started the drive around 0600, since it was Sunday it was OK to make a “late” start on the freeways. It was nice…

No Longer Summer on Kratka Ridge (W6 CT-014) 19 November 2016

Headed up to Kratka for the Europe/North America summit-to-summit event. Got up there at 0515 or so, cold and under the light of a bright half moon. First stopped and had coffee at the Buckhorn day use area, then moved along and parked at at the Vista Point day use area and began the hike…

Telegraphy on Telegraph Peak (W6 CT-046) 8985 ft, 11 November 2016

Telegraph Peak (8985 ft, 2740m)  is one of the high mountains in the Mt Baldy group. The route includes the Mt Baldy ski area, with various chairlifts. There is a chair terminus at Mt Baldy Notch (7800 ft, 2380m) where there is also a nice bar and restaurant. One can take the chairlift and hike…

Dawn Hike to Verdugo Peak (W6 CT-269) 3140 ft, 4 November 2016

Again, the forecast was for a hot day so I wanted to get an early start, and also a mountain that was not a long freeway drive. Because of the heat, I planned a short VHF-only activation. Decided on Verdugo Peak by the Whiting Woods Road, a new way up the mountain for me. It is…

Strawberry Peak (W6 CT-018) 6164 ft, 26 October 2016

Two previous activations with more photos here: https://halssota.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/horned-toad-on-strawberry-peak-w6-ct-018-6164-ft-23-july-2015/ https://halssota.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/strawberry-peak-6164-ft-w6-ct-018-5-sept-2014/ Strawberry Peak, the last of my “local group” of six pointers near Mt Wilson to be hiked this year. I like these mountains near Mt Wilson because of the easy drive to the trail heads. A tolerable amount (30 minutes) of freeway driving then 15 or 20…