Previous hikes, activations and photos here:
Before leaving the house at 0445, I heard that there had been a serious accident on the 110 Harbor Freeway, my usual route through downtown Los Angeles to reach the mountains. So I plotted another route and basically went around three sides of a square to avoid the accident…west on the 105 freeway, north on the 710 freeway, then north west on the 5 freeway, finally reaching the usual Glendale Freeway (“the 2”) which took me to the Angeles Crest Highway. Oh well, life in LA…I do hate driving. Especially with everyone going so fast in the early rush hour in the dark….
Arrived at the Red Box picnic area (Mt Wilson Road turnoff) and had a cup of coffee, then crossed the road to the start of the trail. I saw that someone had removed the new trail sign…typical. Then a nice easy quiet hike up through the chaparral and oaks for half an hour to the little saddle on the south spur coming down from Mt Lawlor . Here I decided to go straight up steeply to the summit, rather than continue along the more gentle path. This was to add some variety to my hike, since I had done the “normal” way twice before.
Steep and watch out for the needle-sharp Yucca.
The use trail is steep, but straightforward. There are posts marking most of the way, and an old heavy copper wire in places. Perhaps someone strung a telephone wire to the summit long ago. About halfway up, I talked with Dan NA6MG over on Triunfo Peak, and said I would be at the summit in 30 or 40 minutes.
It took 55 minutes to get to the top from the saddle, so overall this way was about 15 minutes shorter than the normal way. But I would not want to go down this steep way! The elevation gain the steep way from the saddle to the top is 900 feet.
Set up first for 2 meter FM with the j-pole, had to switch in the 10 dB attenuator on the HT as usual to reduce the RFI from Mt Wilson. Worked Dan and Don NK6A summit to summit, also Charles KM6CEM and Jerry NG6R and also Ken KN6CCW who I had not heard on the air for a while. Then operated HF with a bit of 2 m FM here and there. Not too many chasers on 20m, and 30m apparently skipped right over Tom W7RV in Arizona and I actually worked Scott KG3W in Pennsylvania for our first ever 30m contact…he was much stronger on 30m than 20m in fact.
2m FM: KM6CEM KB6WWI NA6MG W6OXA NG6R NK6A KN6CCW N6HEG KB6CIO KR6RG KD6CQS
20m CW: W0MNA W0ERI KG3W WA9STI
30m CW: NS7P N7CNH WW7D KG3W N9KW K6TUY
Had a Clif Bar and some water and enjoyed the view for a while, then headed down the “normal” way
73! Hal N6JZT