Bee Peak (aka Bee Benchmark) is up off of Bouquet Canyon, on the way to Bouquet Reservoir. I had never been in that area before. It looked to be a decent bike ride, as well as a first SOTA activation.
i was surprised to find the gate at Quarry Road open, and the road open to motorized vehicles, though none came along as I rode the bike. The road is good, and could be done in a high clearance 2 wheel drive vehicle.
Sunrise around 0700. The road is not too steep, and the surface is good with only a few ruts along the way. I thought of returning and driving up, but I kept going on the bike.
The route goes up Quarry Road (bottom left) from Bouquet Canyon Road for about 3 miles, then north east along Del Sur Road for half a mile or so. Then the easy stuff ends and a steep push or hike up the last half mile. I show the route from the Del Sur road below: just beyond a prominent turn out, turn sharp right, then after a few hundred yards sharp left; the way to continue is then obvious.
This is the turn just after the open space. If you drive up, you could park at the open space then walk up from here.
Not at the steep spot yet. The way becomes rugged and very steep in parts, OK for experienced moto riders.
After some steep pushing, near the top. I will show the steep stuff on the way down
At the top. Total elevation gain 1100 ft (300m)
A benchmark, installed more than 80 years ago in 1932. “BEE”. There is also another benchmark on a short post nearby
Today’s radio setup at the Bee Benchmark. The wind was strong and cool, so took shelter behind the shrub.
Operated on 20m and 30m CW. This early in the day, Phil NS7P in Washington was weak on 20m, and very strong on 30m.
20m CW: NE4TN KI0G WOMNA K4MF W0ERI NA6MG N4EX W4DOW K0JEM WA2USA K0LJG VA6FUN KG3W NU7A NS7P
30m CW: K6HPX W7RV NS7P NU7A W7USA K6TUY W7CNL
Looking east across Bouquet Canyon. This is the extreme western end of Sierra Pelona Ridge; it extends east 6 miles (10 km) to Mt McDill (W6 CT-118) and 9 miles (15 km) to Sierra Pelona (W6 CT-116)
Looking north east, Burn Benchmark left, W6 CT-136. It has been activated by Dan NA6MG.
Heading down. Mountain is Tule Ridge W6 CT-145
Survived the two very steep sections; this is one of them
Down Del Sur Road
Heading down Quarry Road
The wind was now so strong I had to pedal a little downhill!
Back at the start
The sign points the way. I am parked a hundred feet south on the other side of the road at the moto/4x trail head and parking area.
A good ride. I am getting spoiled by doing “climbs” on the bike; I don’t have to walk down!
PS I did not see any bees on Bee Peak, though I did see a red ant! And a few lizards.