Mountain Friday: Yerba Buena Ridge (W6 CT-163) 3892 ft, 28 November 2014

I have decided that the day after Thanksgiving shall be known as “Mountain Friday”. The objective was Yerba Buena Ridge, as I continue my hikes in the western San Gabriels. Little Tujunga Canyon to Gold Creek Road, park at the Oak Springs picnic area, the trail head is 100 yards further up the road. Started at dawn.

Mendenhall Ridge. You can see Magic Mountain just peeking over the ridge through Highline Saddle, from across Pacoima Canyon on the other side
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Hike the trail through Oaks and chaparral to the fire road, then up the fire road
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Decided to set up the station on a nice pile of boulders. It is 12 feet lower than the high point which is 200 yards further along the ridge in the photo. According to the USGS National Map, the 80 foot activation zone extends for about 2000 feet along this nearly flat ridge.
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You could also set up at the water tank
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The trusty HB1B CW transceiver
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My bright orange “marathon” shirt again. This was from a marathon I walked/jogged in pouring cold rain. It was a great experience. Whenever I see someone else wearing one I know what they went through to get it!

I like to wear bright colors in case search and rescue ever needs to find me…
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Good QSOs on 2m, 20m, and 30m
2m FM:W9ELG WB6POJ WA9STI KW6C
20m CW:W7CNL KI0SK KI0G K6TUY K7TQ W0MNA W5ODS W0ERI N7CNH NA6MG K7JFD K8TE KF5SJ AD5A N4EX NM5S (S2S W5N EL002)
30m CW: W7RV AE7AP N7ENL K6TUY NU6T WG0AT WA6IAF NK6A

Walked over to the high point!
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The views are spectacular. I guess these lower mountains can have great views of the higher mountains around them. This is Condor Peak (W6 CT-027) and Fox Mountain to the east
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Mendenhall Ridge to the north. Iron Mountain (W6 CT-024) is the highest point along the ridge at the right
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Looking west, Los Pinetos center left (aka F2 Benchmark W6 CT-158), with Kagel Mountain (W6 CT-170) directly in front of it
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Mt Lukens with radio towers (W6 CT-030) to the east
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The water tank. I now know how these work. The top is slightly funneled so the water drains into the hole. Since the hole is fairly small the evaporation rate is low. There was water in this tank
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Heading down the fire road
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Back on the path, passed through Oak Springs Trail Camp: there was water at this spring. Then a little up hill and down getting a nice view of Condor Peak. On the way down I met a woman who had brought a shovel and clippers to do trail maintenance. She told me that she and some friends had been active rebuilding this trail after the Station Fire. I thanked her!
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The trail head
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About 100 yards further down the road was where I had parked the car at the picnic area
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Had a sandwich and a coke at the nice oak-shaded picnic area
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All told, about 7.5 miles total out and back, with about 2300 feet elevation gain. 3 pints of water for this warm autumn day (about 70F/20C at the top). 2h 5m up, 1h 30m down

73!
Hal
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