Two Desert Peaks: Mt. Emma (W6 CT-029) 5273 ft, and Peak 3788 (W6 CT-167) 8-Nov-13

The weather was predicted mild, with no wind. So I planned for Mt. Emma, and possibly a second peak if I felt like it. Drove the Angeles Crest Highway, Angeles Forest Highway, and Mt Emma Road. Parked in the turnout at about 2 miles along Mt Emma Road. There is an obvious trail on the other side of the road leading up hill.

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After about 10 minutes hit a fire break, then another half hour to the summit. About 1 mile and about 1000 feet elevation gain. The summit is flat and barren with burned trees, but the view is nice.

Mt. Gleason
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View to the north east
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Pallett Benchmark is the high point left of center. Mt. Waterman furthest away right of center. Bare Mountain ridge is center in “front” of Mt. Waterman.
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Many QSOs on 20m and 30m:
20m CW: NS7P W7CNL N7UN W6UB KG3W K0LAF OH9XX N4MJ W4DOW WG0AT KI0G KB7HH KF4MH N4EX NE4TN K6TUY W9FHA KG8Y N6KZ WB5BKL KI0G VE7KBN W0MNA W0ERI NA6MG K9AAA W6IYS WA2USA
30m CW: K6EL W7RV KB7HH N5XL WA6RIC VE7NI K6TUY K7SO KA6AIL

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Then a quick descent in about half an hour back to the Jeep. Decided to try Peak 3788 since it was still only 9:30AM.

Drove Mt Emma Road, Angeles Forest Highway, and Aliso Canyon Road to a quarter mile north of Aliso Arrastre Cutoff road. Parked at this road, marked on some maps as National Guard Road. It is closed to motor vehicles but people have built bypass entrances just north and south of the gate so I imagine some people take their dirt bikes and jeeps in anyway. Would be good for mountain biking in cool weather. The hiking route leads on the road for 100 feet, then up to the right on the ridge.
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CT167 topo map

You just keep following the ridge up and over or around the humps along the way.
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View down the ridge to Aliso Canyon
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The summit. Things looked further away than they really were because of the lack of trees to judge the distance.
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Took about 50 minutes or an hour to reach the summit from the road. The summit is marked by the low metal post in the center, it is on private land.
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By my reading of the maps, this large wood post marks the National Forest boundary. In retrospect I should have just set up the station here, but to be “sure” I set up the radio mast another 20 yards further south and still in the activation zone, but down hill a little
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Probably because of the low antenna height, signal reports on 20m were weaker than usual, but 30m was OK
20m CW: W9FHA ND0C K7NEW KG3W W7CNL NK6A NS7P W6IYS W4DOW WA2USA KF4MH
30m CW: W7RV N5XL K6EL WA6RIC NA6MG K6TUY

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Peak 4460 W6 CT-144 left of center, Mt Emma right of center
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Headed down bypassing one false summit on a deer trail. I saw 5 deer on this barren hike, to my surprise.
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Down the ridge
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Always good to see the Jeep.
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CT-167 was about a mile and a quarter and probably just less than 1000 feet elevation gain with all the ups and downs. Took 2 pints of water on each hike. On CT-167, drank about a pint and a half, the temperature was only 70 degrees or so, but felt much hotter in the intense sun. So this was a good day of 2 hikes!

73!
Hal
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