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
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