Jupiter Mountain (W6 CT-140) 4498 ft, and Grass Mountain (W6 CT-130) 4605 ft, 17 April 2015

There are five SOTA Peaks near Bouquet Reservoir: Bee (CT-169), Jupiter (CT-140), Grass Mtn (CT-130), Burn (CT-136) and Granite (CT-132). Did Bee Peak last time, so thought I would do a couple more. Usually I only like to do one activation, but Jupiter Mountain is a short hike (1.5 miles each way, 1200 ft elevation gain) and Grass Mountain is a drive up so OK for two this time.

Up Spunky Canyon Road to the saddle, the trail begins opposite USFS road 6N09, also known as Spunky Edison Road! Start the hike here, after 300 feet or so there is a fork; I took the left which is the steep moto trail to the top. I believe the right fork is less steep and leads around west to a saddle between Jupiter and West Jupiter. Then you would reach the top by following the ridge back east.

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Steep! Too steep for my mountain bike today.
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Bouquet Reservoir down below. Took 50 minutes to get to the top.
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There is now a nice little bench at the summit. Attached the mast and operated here.
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Operated 20m and 30m
20m CW: KT5X N7KRN N7WM WG0AT W4DOW N4EX AC1Z W0MNA W0ERI WD9F KK1W N0EVH NN9K AE7AP N4MJ WB5USB K4MF W3ATT KG3W NA6MG N9KW W3DX
30m CW: W7RV W7JET W7USA

Now on to Grass Mountain!
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On the way down
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Spunky Edison Road 6N09. You could take this up to a saddle, then follow 6N04 west (L)  for Burn Benchmark (CT-136) and then a short walk to the top. Not sure if you need 4 wheel drive or not for 6N09.
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Drove down and through the nice little town of Green Valley, right at the junction and then up to the saddle where USFS road 6N04 crosses the main road. West goes up Grass Mountain, East is the way to Burn.
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Three miles on the narrow dirt road to the top. The drop off is steep in most places, I was nervous since I am not used to driving roads like this. OK walking and on the bike!
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You come to a fork and go left on 6N05 to the top.

The top is grassy with pine trees and a comm site. A guy was camping under the shade of the trees. So it was pretty quiet; I believe people come to fly radio controlled gliders up here.
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Looking over to Jupiter (L) and West Jupiter (R)
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Again worked 20m and 30m CW:
20m CW: WB5USB KT5X W7RV W7USA K7ZO NS7P W7CNL N7KRN N9KW AE7AP N7WM N4MJ N4EX K4MF KG3W
30m CW: K6EL (S2S) NA6MG K6TUY K5SSR KC6SSE

Now heading down
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Mind the drop off!
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73!
Hal
N6JZT

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Nice double activation – 73 from the Himalayas

  2. Cool names…Spunky Canyon and Jupiter! Thanks for sharing the photos of your SOTA adventures.
    Andrew, VK1NAM

  3. K6WYO says:

    I tried this one this morning. It really showed how out of shape I am as I only made it 3/4 the way up. Time to start conditioning on shorter summits. Great blog! -73

    1. hal90505 says:

      Jupiter is really steep! Good luck in the future! 73 Hal

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