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…

Peak 6352 (W6 SS-407) 10 Oct 2018

Peak 6352 is in the Southern Sierra, off Chimney Peak Road. It seems to also have the informal name of “Perpendicular Peak”, probably because its lower neighbor is “Parallel Benchmark”.  It had previously been activated by Dan NA6MG. The hike starts at the Lamont Peak trail head. It took three hours to drive there, plus…

Peak 9470 (W6 SS-277) and Cannel Benchmark (W6 SS-327)

Dan NA6MG and I planned some hiking, SOTA and astronomy in the southern Sierras. We would do some peaks on our own and then meet at Horse Meadow camp ground off the Cherry Hill/Big Meadow Road and hike Cannel Benchmark, also known as Cannell Point. On Thursday 6 September, left the house at 0230, driving…

Joshua Tree NP and Angeles NF May/June 2018

Some nice hikes and astronomy in Joshua Tree National Park. Peaks planned were Peak 5352 (W6 SD-044), Peak 5540 (i.e Eureka Peak East, W6 SD-039), Ryan Mountain (W6 CD-016), and Inspiration Peak (W6 SD-037) At about 0130 on 17 May I headed up to Joshua Tree. In Yucca Valley, La Contenta and Covington Flats Roads…

A Steeper Path to San Gabriel Peak (W6 CT-019) 5 April 2018

Last time I hiked the Mt. Disappointment Road to San Gabriel Peak, I noticed a path starting up a steep gully about 100 feet below the closed gate near the start. I like trying different ways up the peaks I have hiked multiple times, so I wanted to give it a shot. The path rises…

Granite Benchmark (W6 CT-132) 4593 ft, 30 March 2018

Granite Benchmark is one of the medium-size peaks near Bouquet Reservoir. It does not get activated very much, being rather far north of Los Angeles; for me a drive of about 100 miles. I would be the fifth SOTA activator of the mountain. I drove via Little Tujunga and Sand Canyons. This road had been…

Mt Lawlor 5957 ft (W6 CT-089) 12 Jan 2018

Up early to do some stargazing. High level clouds were limiting but was able to see Vega and the constellation Hercules rising in the east, spot Arcturus and Spica, and begin to make out the constellation Draco which I had never tried to spot before….I was able to “see” a dragon but probably not the…

Josephine Peak (W6 CT-025) and a New Year 5 January 2018

A bit of a SOTA party today with Mike N6MKW on Pk 4202, Scott WA9STI on Mt Lewis, and Kevin W6RIP on Mt Islip Josephine Peak is one of the closer mountains to home, just under an hour’s drive. Started the hike about half an hour before sunrise. Hiking up the well-graded fire road. I…

Catching Up..Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec 2017

Last few months I have hiked quite a few of the nearby mountains from the Angeles Crest Highway….Waterman (twice), Bare Mtn, San Gabriel Peak, Vetter, Williamson, Throop, Islip and Lewis. Just adding a few photos. The weather has been very dry and there is no snow at all! I have also rekindled my long ago…