I was thinking of doing the long way again, from Islip Saddle, but decided to be lazy and did the direct route up to Windy Gap from the Angeles Crest Highway, then up to the summit; only an hour and 10 minutes.
20 minutes to windy gap from the road, up the steep use trail
Near the top I saw two big horn rams! Yes, those horns are big! They ambled off before I managed to take a photo.
Worked some 2m now and then while I was also operating HF. After finishing on HF, hung the j-pole on the mast and got a better signal down to San Diego; worked my former colleague Ray WA6NVL; he and I retired on the same day at the same time almost 4 years ago. We processed out together! That was a good day!
Like last week, ran into some PCT hikers who wanted a short lift up the road to bypass the restricted area; this time three hikers. Dropped them off at Buckhorn campground so they could get some extra water.
Later, at mile marker 29 a few miles above La Canada, passed by an accident site where two cars had collided. The drivers seemed to be OK. When I got to cell phone range I started to call 911 but just then some emergency vehicles came by, so I terminated the call. Someone else had called before me, so that was OK.