Clouds on Strawberry Peak (W6 CT-018) 6164 ft, 17 May 2017

Parked at Red Box, 41F (5C). Clear with clouds below From back to front, Mt Lukens (W6 CT-030), Hoyt Mountain (W6 CT-146) barely peeking through the clouds, and Peak 4202 (W6 CT-150) still above the clouds, for now. And a ridge coming down from Mt Disappointment. Yes, the clouds are coming up I noticed someone…

Brisk Morning on Mt Lewis (W6 CT-246) 8396 ft, 29 April 2017

Weather forecast sunny, cold windy. And yes it was when I arrived at Dawson Saddle: 27F/-3C. The road had been opened just the day before, having been closed for the winter. A lot of rocks had been blown down onto the road by the wind, but it was OK with care. Because the hike is…

Mt Waterman with NA6MG (W6 CT-012) 1 April 2017

Got up to Buckhorn picnic area early and had some coffee while waiting for Dan. The day dawned cold and clear with some breeze, temp just above freezing (35F/2C) Some snow.. brought crampons and ice axe but did not need them. When I need them I don’t bring them, go figure… Dan NA6MG N6JZT Managed…

Hike Up the Bike Route to San Gabriel Peak (W6 CT-019) 6161 ft, 24 March 2017

Hiked up the road that services the comm site on Mt Disappointment, then the short hike from the road’s end up San Gabriel Peak. This was to get some exercise on the way down this time, which I do not get on a fast bike ride down! Previous bike rides up this way: https://halssota.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/bike-ride-to-mt-disappointment-5963-ft-and-san-gabriel-peak-6161-ft-w6-ct-019-23-january-2015/ https://halssota.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/bike-ride-and-hike-to-san-gabriel-peak-w6-ct-019-6161-ft-13-feb-2016/…

Mt Emma (W6 CT-029) 11 March 2017

Another ascent of Mt Emma near Acton. A steepish hike but OK, 1000 feet of ascent in one mile or so. Cool temperature and a light breeze to start in the early morning just after sunrise. A nice hike up. Mt Gleason is the lump to the left. Snow Benchmark and Magic Mountain are the double…

Vetter Mountain – the Forgetting (W6 CT-021) 24 Feb 2017

On the drive up, just below the Red Box turn off to Mt Wilson, came across a car that was stalled in the road with the flashers on. This was at 0530 in the dark. Luckily we were the only people on the road. In it was a young woman named Becky and her dog Zeus. She…

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…