Never Fear, Smith Mountain is Here! (W6 CT-120), 5111 ft, 31 October 2014

Up county road 39 towards Crystal Lake, to the trail head for the San Gabriel Wilderness. Started the hike at 0625 about an hour before sunrise. A nicely graded trail that was a pleasure to walk on.

Smith Mountain before sunrise
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Getting closer, looking steeper, where does the trail go?
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After 3 miles, at the saddle, looking up the steep ridge. The trail is first a fire break that is not too bad, then gets steep like Hoyt Mountain and Twin Peaks.
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If you have an uncontrollable urge you can descend here into the San Gabriel Wilderness and Bear Canyon
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Reached the top in 35 minutes from the saddle. Got on 2 meters right away and worked Bob KB6CIO (who was already chatting on frequency), Charles KM6CEM, K6BRY Bryan, and Mike W6AH on Butler Peak W6 CT-009, then Ken KN6CCW. Then onto HF…
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On 20 meters, then 30 meters, with 2m FM mixed in here and there. As I was packing up the HF gear, Chris K6CMG came on 2m FM during his break at work and we had a good QSO!

2m FM: KB6CIO KM6CEM K6BRY W6AH KN6CCW WD6DUI K6QCB N6WHZ K6CMG
20m CW: N7KRN NS7P NA6MG W0MNA W0ERI VE2JCW N7EDK KH2TJ K0ALN NK6A WA2USA
30m CW: W7RV W7USA K6EL WA6RIC K6TUY K8TE K0LAF K7SO N7EDK NU6T AE9F WB5USB

This summit has spectacular views, and I highly recommend it!

Twin Peaks (the cone), Mt Waterman (flattish), and Kratka Ridge (triple summit and steep cliffs), across rugged Bear Canyon to the West and North. The ridge coming down from Twin to Triplet Rocks is very fore-shortened and is really three miles long!
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Hi there! Placed the camera on the benchmark which was level
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Peak 4654 W6 CT-127 the lump in the center looking as inaccessible as ever. In the background are Mt Wilson, Occidental Peak, Mt Markham, San Gabriel Peak, Mt Disappointment, and further right Mt Lawlor and Strawberry Peak.
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Enjoyed the views a while, then headed down. This is the steep part. Wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
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Mt Hawkins ridge on the skyline to the NE. You can also see how the trail for Smith goes around the spurs and traverses in and out of the ravines
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Looking back at Smith
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Almost down
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The hike is 3.5 miles each way, with 1800 feet elevation gain on the way up. Took 2h 5 min up, 1h 25 m down. A nice hike with great views!

73!
Hal
N6JZT

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