“Power Mountain” Peak 4460 W6 CT-144 17 November 2013

I’ve decided to nick name this peak “Power Mountain” from its industrial character: high voltage transmission lines all over the place. Also, there is a lot of new line work going on in this area. I had seen workers up at Mill Creek Summit on Saturdays so I planned a Sunday hike as I figured that would be their day off.

Peak 4460 in distance left of center.
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Parked at Aliso Arrastre Cutoff, then hiked south along the road about a quarter of a mile, then up the embankment on the left and east for a couple of hundred yards, avoiding private property to the right (south). I found the property boundary, three strands of old barbed wire fence laying on the ground. Then picked up the power line road, crossed the stream, and picked up the power lines pretty quickly.

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CT144 route

After a couple of miles there was a concentration of heavy equipment and signs such as “No Grading Lift Blade”. Lots of survey markers too. Glad I came on their day off!

View of W6/CT-167 Peak 3788 to the right, and Peak 3819 to the left. Dan and I calculate that the latter has a prominence of 519 feet, so we are in the process of getting it added to the SOTA list.

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The goal, Peak 4460
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Mt. Gleason
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Just after the saddle, there are some fir trees on the north side trying to live in these desert conditions
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Attached the antenna mast to a fire break marker on the barren summit. There were some deer foot prints, but mine were the only human ones. The only wildlife I saw today were the red ants at the summit, luckily they didn’t bite me!
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Propagation was a little funny, worked the Arizona guys, and Elliot in the Bay Area on 20 meters. Normally only get then on 30 meters.

20m CW: W5ODS AD5A VE7KBN K7JFD NS7P W7RV WA2USA K6EL N5XL K7NEW N7AMA WA0ITP WA7JTM(S2S W7A/YK-115) AJ5C
30m CW: K6TUY K7JFD WA6RIC WB5USB K9ZMD

Mt Emma to the left, Pallett Benchmark (Pleasant View Ridge) in the far distance
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My companions on this hike. I was pleased there was no power line noise at the summit.
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At least a small part of the hike was pretty!
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About 1400 feet elevation gain, 6 miles round trip. One and a half hours up, 1 hour down. Took 3 pints of water but didn’t drink any due to the cool temperatures in the low 50s – had a chilled Sprite back at the Jeep.

73!
Hal
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