10th Activation of Kratka Ridge (W6 CT-014) 15 February 2017

My annual winter hike of Kratka Ridge, though I have also hiked up there at other times of the year, most recently for the Europe-North America summit-to-summit activation weekend. Angeles Crest Highway, parked at the Vista Point area just east of the disused ski area. The temperature was just above freezing, and the snow was icy. Decided…

Some Snow on Mt Lawlor (W6 CT-089) 5957 ft 31 January 2017

I expected a little snow on Mt Lawlor, but the weather had warmed significantly up 10F/5C from the last hike up Josephine a few days ago. Weather forecast also predicted no wind! First ran into a few hundred yards of icy snow on the flat path not too far from the Strawberry/Lawlor saddle Looking back…

Snow Day on Josephine Peak (W6 CT-025) 5558 ft 26 January

Dan NA6MG and I hiked to Josephine Peak, meeting up by the start of the Josephine jeep road at the Clear Creek ranger station on the Angeles Crest Highway. The hike turned out to be a very good one, because of the nice snow we found higher up. It had been raining heavily in LA…

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…