Bike Ride from the Fire Station to Mt. Lukens (W6/CT-030 5074 ft), 12 May 2015

Thought I would ride Mt Lukens the “long” way this time: 7 miles (11km) and 3000 ft (900m) elevation gain from the USFS fire station on Angeles Crest Highway, just a few miles above La Canada. The start of the ride is only a 45 minute drive from my house, whcih is why I wanted to do it. I get tired of driving so much!

Actually, for the previous week I had been planning on hiking and activating Liebre Mountain (W6 CT-095), a 90 mile drive. But on Monday my wife made me assemble some IKEA furniture so I was too tired to do a long drive! And switched to Lukens instead…by a funny coincidence I got an email from Dan NA6MG inviting me to do Burnt Peak and Liebre Mountain but I couldn’t face the drive at this point!

Previous activation along Grizzly Flats Road described here:
https://halssota.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/mt-lukens-w6-ct-030-5066-feet-on-a-new-mountain-bike-21-feb-2014/
Started the ride at 0500. After half an hour arriving at a bench and view point over the city

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Not yet arrived at the Grizzly Flat Road intersection…press on along the ridge
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When I started the clouds were further down in the LA Basin, now creeping up towards the mountains
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Mountain shadow on the clouds below
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A pretty day, cool with a light wind
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Communications towers on the top of Mt. Lukens in sight
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Set up the radio, first the j pole on 2m and worked Dan NA6MG on Burnt Peak, W6 CT-093, then Charles KM6CEM. Enabled the 10 dB attenuator in the HT to reduce the intermod from the comm towers.
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2m FM: NA6MG KM6CEM W6TOD KK6HRS KE6HRV NK6A K6SYW
20m CW: N0TK/M W0MNA N4EX W0ERI WB5USB NS7P K7NEW N9KW KH2TJ N4MJ W4MPS KO7X K9ZMD NA6MG NU7A WG8Y WG0AT W7/DL6AP/P (S2S W7W/NO-163)
30m CW: W7RV K8TE N7EDK W7/DL6AP/P

Iron Mountain #2 (W6 CT-024) left of center on skyline ridge, the big mass of Condor Peak (W6 CT-027) center and just across the valley
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Clouds higher now
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Towers on summit
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Heading down
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Pretty section of the ride
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I guess I am at cloud level now
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Ride through spring flowers
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Sign post at the start, just above the USFS station
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Took three and a quarter hours up, mostly pushing the bike when the road was too steep for me. One hour down. Seven miles each way, 3000 ft elevation gain

73!
Hal N6JZT

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One Comment Add yours

  1. km6cem says:

    THAT WAS VERY COOL I COULD CHASE YOU TODAY

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