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…

My Fourth Hike to Bare Mountain (W6 CT-082) 6388 ft, 10 October 2016

Arrived at the trail head at 0530, temperature was 44F (6C) which is higher than what I would expect this time of year. My past October hikes have started at this location with the temperature at freezing or just below. Previous activations https://halssota.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/end-of-summer-on-bare-mountain-6388-ft-w6-ct-082-5-september-2015/ https://halssota.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/and-another-autumn-hike-to-bare-mountain-w6ct-082-6388-ft-17-october-2014/ https://halssota.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/an-autumn-day-on-bare-mountain-6388-ft-w6-ct-082-15-october-2013/ Along and down the jeep road, then left at the…