A Steeper Path to San Gabriel Peak (W6 CT-019) 5 April 2018

Last time I hiked the Mt. Disappointment Road to San Gabriel Peak, I noticed a path starting up a steep gully about 100 feet below the closed gate near the start. I like trying different ways up the peaks I have hiked multiple times, so I wanted to give it a shot. The path rises 1000 feet in 1.8 miles, and comes out on the road near the saddle between San Gabriel and Mt Disappointment

Started at 0600, some switchbacks after the start

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Dawn

 

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Much of the path is through a nice and shady oak forest

 

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San Gabriel Peak

 

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Strawberry Peak

 

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The trail ends here at the road. The trail sign is metal and says “JPL”, so I assume the hiking club from the Jet Propulsion Lab maintains the path. It is well-graded and well-maintained.

Then hiked up Mt Disappointment, nice view

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San Gabriel Wilderness and Devil’s Canyon

Then back down to the saddle and up to San Gabriel, where I made ten 2-meter FM QSOs

15:13z NA6MG 144MHz FM
15:14z KD6CQS 144MHz FM
15:15z KM6CEM 144MHz FM
15:23z KM6LIO 144MHz FM
15:25z N6HEG 144MHz FM
15:26z KK4MQK 144MHz FM
15:28z KJ6UVT 144MHz FM
15:29z W6PEW 144MHz FM
15:32z KB6WWI 144MHz FM
15:37z W6RIP 144MHz FM

 

Then back down the way I came up

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Oak tunnel

 

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Fir trees colonizing a shallow gully

 

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Almost down

 

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The path starts here just up from the Mt. Wilson Road, and below where I parked my car

73! Hal N6JZT

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Fred says:

    Thanks for the great pics., especially the the view from Mt. Dis.! Looks surreal, like a watercolor painting! Thanks for the log too. Nobody I recognize. 73, k6kub

  2. W6PNG says:

    Great photo of the San Gabriel Wilderness and Devil’s Canyon.

    Paul W6PNG

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