San Gabriel Peak (6161 ft, W6/CT-019), 19 April 2013

6100 foot San Gabriel Peak is a nice hike from Eaton Saddle. Eaton Saddle is about 2.5 miles up the Mt. Wilson Road. I parked at the large parking lot, the Valley Forge Trail also comes in there. The first mile is on the old Mt. Lowe Road.

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A tunnel built in 1942, the sign seems a bit redundant.

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After walking through the tunnel (about 50 yards long), the road continues, then comes to another saddle. I turned right and switchbacked up to the peak. The trail is mainly very easy, but in places is very exposed and a little scary; a sheer drop to the left, and you have to cross a few small gullies on loose gravelly sand. I wouldn’t want to take a beginner on it!

At the top, I put up my dipole antenna in a small burned tree, only about 6 feet high. I really have to get that mast!

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Set up on a small bench. Mt. Wilson and Occidental peak in background.

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The weather was beautiful with nice views, below are Strawberry Peak and Mt. Lawlor

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Mt. Markham and Mt. Lowe

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Thanks for the following QSOs:

10 MHz: WO6M (S2S on w6/ct-117), K7SO, K6TUY, K6ILM (S2S on w6/nc-423), KH2TJ, W4ZV, K0YO, NS7P

14 MHz: KB0NJJ, WO6M, K6TUY, W0MNA, N4MJ, KQ2RP, VE7KBN, K0YO

21 MHz: WD0ECO, N0TU, KG3W, W6UB, N1VWD, N7UN, W4RK, W9FHA

Dan, WO6M was very strong maybe 20 miles away on another peak. I could here rather faint European stations on 18 MHz but didn’t have any QSOs on that band.

And a nice hike down

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Indeed
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73, Hal
N6JZT

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