During a normal winter, the road closure would mean a 5 mile hike or snow shoe up the road to the ridge, then a strenuous (and perhaps dangerous) snow shoe hike up the ridge to the summit. With the present lack of snow, the road is open and there is very little snow on the ridge.
It was nice to make some 2 meter contacts, including summit to summit K6TW Tim and XYL KK6HME Meav on Mt Waterman (W6 CT012), and N0PCL Nate on Tahquitz Peak (W6 CT007). NA6MG Dan at home, KB6CIO Bob from his car in a parking lot at a Brea coffee shop.
2m FM: NA6MG K6TW KK6HME N0PCL KB6CIO
10 MHz CW: W7RV KU6J K6TUY KF7PXT KH2TJ K6EL(S2S W6 NC407) KK7EL W7CNL
14 MHz CW: WA8REI WOERI W0MNA N0EVH KF4MH N1EU N7UN N4EX K6TUY AJ5C WA2USA/4 NS7P K6SSS AA5CK KG3W K5WI NE4TN NA6MG
After a nice hike down, I met up with Tim, Mev, Tim’s nephew Jonathon, and SOTA dog Mira at the Mt Waterman trailhead. We all then went to Newcomb’s ranch and had a nice lunch together.
BTW Mira is a real SOTA dog and accompanied Tim on his 14 mile Pallett Benchmark hike. Wow!
By way of comparison, here is what the road to Throop Peak looked like in April (Spring!) 2009. Miriam and I hiked the 5 miles from Islip Saddle to Dawson Saddle, where the trail begins to Throop. And after we hiked the 5 miles up, we hiked the 5 miles back down… We then had a nice steak dinner at Newcomb’s!