Saddle Peak in the Santa Monica Mountains (W6 CT-035) 2805 ft, 17 October 2015

There was very severe flooding up north of here, but the Santa Monica Mountains remained dry as a bone. Saddle Peak is one of the highest peaks in this group, even so it is only 2805 ft. It is a half hour hike up from the road, a good thing since my latest ailment is a swollen arch of my right foot which has made it painful to walk! Hopefully it will get better soon. My left shoulder is much better now, and I can put on a backpack with no problem.

Driving: took Pacific Coast Highway towards Malibu, right on Flores, right on Rambla Pacifico, right on Schueren Rd. Parked in the little parking lot at Schueren and Stunt Road. The use trail goes up from here, and the official trail starts 50 yards down Stunt Road and there is a sign there for the Backbone Trail. I think the elevation gain is something like 450 ft.

There was high RF at the top, so used the 10dB attenuator in the HT and 2m VHF worked fine with the slim jim j-pole. There are a lot of commercial towers and transmitters….

Pacific Ocean…on some other day it would be blue. You can see the beach in the far distance if you look closely

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2m FM: KM6CEM N6HEG NG6R WE4IAS N6IET K6CMG

20m CW: KG3W K0JQZ K6TUY N1EU W4DOW W4KRN NU7A KX0R K7TQ N4EX KA1R NF1R N8BB

30m CW: W7RV K6HPX KB7HH W0MNA W0ERI KX0R K6TUY

Conditions were very good, signals from the east were very strong. There is also good 2m coverage from this mountain

Nice views. The sandstone monoliths and outcrops in this range are quite spectacular
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I wonder who planted these palm trees which are now way out in the chaparral. I also noticed a lot of big hill top houses scattered around. I wondered how rich you had to be to live up here!
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73!
Hal
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