Horned Toad on Strawberry Peak (W6 CT-018) 6164 ft, 23 July 2015

I had wanted to hike Throop Peak, but we had some torrential rains about five days ago. This had caused mud slides, so the Angeles Crest Highway is closed above Islip Saddle. I have hiked Throop from islip Saddle before, but it is rather long and I wanted a moderate hike to start getting in shape again after the vacation. So decided to do Strawberry Peak.

My previous Strawberry Peak Activation is described here:
https://halssota.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/strawberry-peak-6164-ft-w6-ct-018-5-sept-2014/

Started at 0610.

Peak 4202, Hoyt Mountain, Mt Lukens, and Yerba Buena Ridge (R in the distance)
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The trail was washed away in places due to the rain. It was also rockier than normal. Saw two deer on the final ridge up Strawberry.

San Gabriel Peak and Mt Disappointment
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Set up the 20m dipole and 2m j-pole. Got on 2m first
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Jeff K6QCB spotted me on 2m, and Charles KM6CEM spotted me for HF

2m FM: WB6POJ KM6CEM K6QCB K6WSJ KR6RG NG6R N6KUZ
20m CW: W0MNA W0ERI WA6KYR K6TUY NA6MG K4MF N4EX KC6SSE N4MJ NU7A
30m CW: K6EL K6TUY WA6RWI W7CNL

Ate some cookies for breakfast during the activation, and drank a pint of water.

Saw this amazing horned toad on the way down. It is matched for the gray gravel. Apparently these animals can change their color patterns within a few minutes to match the terrain
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Here is one of the washouts of the trail. There were a few others.
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Took 2 hours and 10 minutes to do the 3 miles and 1600 feet elevation gain to the top. One hour 40 minutes down.

There is now a nice sign at the beginning of the trail across the road from the Red Box picnic area. Perhaps they have some additional funding for such things now!
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73!
Hal
N6JZT

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. George says:

    Great activity…absolutely amazing!!! I would Like to do something Like that here in Brazil

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