Hoyt Mountain the Longer Way (W6 CT-146) 4404 ft, 2 July 2016

Today I followed the approach from the south and west, rather than the east, as described by Mike N6MKW   http://mikakw1sota.blogspot.com/2015/11/hoyt-mtn-w6ct-146.html

It is about 2.5 miles, and elevation gain is about 1400 ft. The start is at the Grizzly Flats trail head about 3 miles above the Fire Station on the Angeles Crest Highway. I have also used this trail head to ride my bike to Mt Lukens.

Started the hike at about 0545, wanted to hike before it got too hot. After 15 minutes or so you come to a fork, the left goes to Mt Lukens, the right is a power line “road” that heads towards Hoyt. I thought this power line road would be OK to ride, but it has not been maintained in a long time so it is good that I did it on foot today. At one point I climbed over a tree that had fallen across the path.

Clouds below

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After an hour came to the saddle between Hoyt and Pk 4253. Then steeply up a use trail/deer trail

Looking back to the power pylons at the saddle, and Pk 4253. Mt Lukens W6 CT-030 in background

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Reached a small false summit, then the real summit after a total of 1hr 40 minutes or so from the trail head. Set up the 2m jpole in a bush, then the shortened EFHW with the SOTAbeams Mountain Tuner. Worked a few stations on 2m, including Dan NA6MG and Jordan WC6J both on Saddle Peak W6 CT-274. The EFHW worked well on 20m and 40m, I also got picked up by RBN on 30m OK, but it was getting too hot so I did not stay long enough to make any QSOs on 30m.

2m FM: KK6VIT KK6PIP NA6MG WC6J

20m CW: N0DA WW7D NG6R NS7P KV6Z WD4MSM WG0AT K6TUY KA5PVB K6TUY

40m CW: W7RV K6TUY N6PKT K6HPX K6EL

After packing up

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False summit ahead on the descent. I did not like the steep and brushy use trail on the way up, but on the way down I thought it was OK. It took only 20 minutes to descend the 600 feet from the summit to the saddle.

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From the saddle, Condor Peak W6 CT-027 left of center, Fox Benchmark W6 CT-254 right of center.

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The power line “road”

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Looking back to the saddle

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Continuing on, as you can see, the road is what it is!

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And this is looking up, at the road junction. Left to Lukens, right to Hoyt. Bicycle tracks on the left route, so that road still seems pretty good.

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Rain water cistern

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Looking back up to Hoyt Mountain upper right, from above the trail head

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73! Hal N6JZT

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