I was thinking of hiking Timber Mountain over by Mt Baldy. However, this past weekend there was severe flooding over there so I will wait a while. I hadn’t been to Josephine Peak before, and it is only an hour’s drive from my house. Plus it is a bike ride. The three “Strawberry” mountains – Josephine, Strawberry Peak, and Mt Lawlor are now open after having been closed 5 years due to the station fire. I hiked Lawlor the day it opened a few months ago! Close by are Occidental Peak and San Gabriel Peak so we have some nice mountains all pretty near each other.
I parked in a gravel area off the Angeles Forest Highway above the Clear Creek USFS fire station. Started along the Josephine Road about 0600. The road is down the AFH a hundred yards on the right.
I ended up riding about half the time, pushing half the time. My legs were OK, but my cardio is a bit weak not having ridden for a while. I found as the hike progressed I could ride steeper and steeper sections. Reached Josephine Saddle after about an hour.
Near the top. You can see some of the gear at the summit. There is a small microwave tower, and a USFS webcam that Bryan N0BCB installed in 2013. ( http://www.fsvisimages.com/fstemplate.aspx?site=saga2 ) The road doesn’t go all the way to the top, it ends maybe 50 feet down from the summit.
Soon after getting to the top worked Mike N6MKW who had ridden his bike up Mt Pacifico CT-015. Then a few more 2m contacts, including Jeff K6QCB on Jurupa Peak CT-212. On the 2m HT, there was a high noise level unless I shielded the radio from Mt Wilson.
2m FM: N6MKW KM6CEM AG6ZR K6QCB
30M CW: W7CNL W7RV K1JD N7CW W0MNA W0ERI K7ZX
20M CW: K2JB NE4TN NS7P N4EX KG3W W7CNL N0OI AE4FZ K1JD
As I was packing up three more hikers arrived and we chatted a while.
The temperature had been about 65F when I started, and 80F when I returned. Drank 3 pints of water. About 4 miles each way with about 1800 feet elevation gain.
Another Josephine activation: