Snow Day on Josephine Peak (W6 CT-025) 5558 ft 26 January

Dan NA6MG and I hiked to Josephine Peak, meeting up by the start of the Josephine jeep road at the Clear Creek ranger station on the Angeles Crest Highway. The hike turned out to be a very good one, because of the nice snow we found higher up. It had been raining heavily in LA for the last week, with snow in the mountains. The weather continued cold after the storms had passed.We set off at 0645, the temperature was 38F/3C

The first part of the hike, with scattered snow along the sides of the road. We could see lots of snow frosting Strawberry Peak

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When we reached Josephine Saddle we turned onto the north side of the mountain. The snow was a few inches deep, easy to walk on

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Very magical to see this area with so much snow, since it is a desert peak

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Near the top, snow-covered Mt Pacifico in the distance

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Waterman, Twin Peaks, and Mt Baldy in the distance

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I set up my roll up j-pole for 2m FM, Dan set up for HF. It was cold! Probably just above freezing at this altitude, with a light breeze.

I managed to keep out of the wind. I thought I would warm up in the bright sunshine but I did not! I had two layers on under my jacket, not enough I guess

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Worked Charles KM6CEM first and he spotted me, thank you Charles!

2m FM: KM6CEM W6UKE KX6A KK6TGM KB6WWI AD6UP KR6RG W6OXA KK6QYE

Dan operated standing with his back to the wind, he got quite cold! We were both ready to go down after operating for half an hour

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We saw that two forest service guys had driven their USFS pickup to the top of the jeep road. We headed down, slowly warming back up. When they passed us, they offered us a ride down in their (heated!) truck. We thought about it but declined. We figured we needed the exercise. Turned out well because the walk down was very pleasant and beautiful too.

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End of the snowy part of the road

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Strawberry Peak and Mt Lawlor. We figured these mountains would be fairly tough on some of their rugged snowy ridges. The jeep road was fine with us!

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A very nice and unusual hike today.

73!

Hal N6JZT

 

 

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