The Ritter Ranch park entrance I used is up at 4900 feet on Sierra Pelona, as described in the previous blog entry. From there a paved and then an excellent wide dirt road leads 6 miles to Mt McDill. It can be done in 2 WD, and does not need a high clearance vehicle. Note that my Jeep is 2WD.
Mt McDill from Sierra Pelona. The road leads down 800 feet to a saddle, and then up 800 feet. I have thought of doing it by bicycle but driving is much easier! Mt McDill is a big lump of a ridge similar to Sierra Pelona
An easy drive that eventually leads past more microwave sites on Mt McDill
I set up here, just below the nondescript summit. View back along Mt McDill ridge
Well, this is the summit, at least the colors are pretty!
The view north west
Leona Valley. East Portal Ridge W6 CT-161 has been activated one time, by Dan NA6MG
I put the j-pole up quickly and worked KB6WWI mobile on 2m FM. Turned on my cell phone and checked the SOTA page, Dan was on the air from W6 SC-406 so I hurried to set up. Started on 40m and he was there so we had a summit to summit QSO.
2m FM: KB6WWI
40m CW: NA6MG K7NEW W7RV K6HPX N6PKT N7CNH NS7P
20m CW: K8LJG W4KRN N4EX N0EVH WA2USA W0CP N4DA N4MJ VE4MR AC0SR K0LAF N7BHP
30m CW: W4HBK WB0KIU NU7A
The mast was attached to some scrub. There were very old cow pies around, I have seen pictures online of cows around here.
Heading back down to the saddle between McDill and Sierra Pelona
An easy and uneventful drive down, up and down. Stopped at the park entrance and had some coffee and trail mix.
Then headed over to drive along Soledad Canyon to take a look at Peak 4054 (W6 CT-156) which may be doable if they reopen the forest before the nasty Poodle Dog Bush grows up and the chaparral regenerates
Peak 4054, burned to the bone
Stopped at a little market (I think it is called “Rio Groceries”) to buy a few snacks. View from the market
This seems to be a possible way up, at lat long 34.4377 -118.2996. It is about a quarter of a mile east of the market. You would go up the gully, then to the ridge on the left, thenup the ridge, for 2000 feet. It may be many years before this area of the forest is open again. The entire Magic Mountain Wilderness burned. The fire was called the “Sand Fire” and occurred a few months ago during the summer of 2016
No that is not smoke just glare from the sun! I can see that the chaparral is already regenerating at the base of the burned plants.
I then headed over to Blum Ranch and bought six pounds of pears. I stopped at Clear Creek for another snack. I had been thinking of driving up to Mt Wilson and going for a walk to the observatory, but by then I had had enough of driving so I just drove home!
73! Hal N6JZT