Catching Up..Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec 2017

Last few months I have hiked quite a few of the nearby mountains from the Angeles Crest Highway….Waterman (twice), Bare Mtn, San Gabriel Peak, Vetter, Williamson, Throop, Islip and Lewis. Just adding a few photos. The weather has been very dry and there is no snow at all! I have also rekindled my long ago…

Mt Waterman with NA6MG (W6 CT-012) 1 April 2017

Got up to Buckhorn picnic area early and had some coffee while waiting for Dan. The day dawned cold and clear with some breeze, temp just above freezing (35F/2C) Some snow.. brought crampons and ice axe but did not need them. When I need them I don’t bring them, go figure… Dan NA6MG N6JZT Managed…

10th Activation of Kratka Ridge (W6 CT-014) 15 February 2017

My annual winter hike of Kratka Ridge, though I have also hiked up there at other times of the year, most recently for the Europe-North America summit-to-summit activation weekend. Angeles Crest Highway, parked at the Vista Point area just east of the disused ski area. The temperature was just above freezing, and the snow was icy. Decided…

Fire on Pleasant View Ridge (W6 CT-058) 6 Sept 2016

Well, this was an interesting adventure! Dan NA6MG and I had planned to activate Pallett Benchmark which is the high point of Pleasant View Ridge. In the drive up in the dark, I saw something strange way up on the mountain: a bright orange light. Was it the moon, was it a rocket launch from…

East Twin Peaks, a Long Hike (W6 CT-064) 31 August 2016

I thought that Twin would be a good hike to continue to get back in shape. Dan NA6MG had been wanting to do it too, so we decided to do it together. I told him I would start at 0530 by headlamp, and that he might want to start a little after me since he…

Mt Baden Powell (W6 CT-004) 9399 ft, 26 August 2016

Previous activations: https://halssota.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/mt-baden-powell-w6-ct-004-9399-ft-12-august-2015/ https://halssota.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/mt-baden-powell-w6ct-004-9400-ft-16-august-2013/ A nice hike to try and get my high altitude fitness back. Most of the last month has been walking at fairly low altitudes. And I did feel the effects of altitude on the hike! 4.3 miles each way, 1800 feet up on ascent (2 hrs 35 min) and 300 feet…

Kratka, Lowe, Cerro Negro, Flint

Did some shorter hikes and started early because of the hot weather we have been having. Kratka Ridge (W6 CT-014) 22 July 2016 I saw Mike had alerted for Mt Waterman (W6 CT-012) so I thought I would go hike Kratka again for a summit to summit QSO View into San Gabriel Wilderness, and the…

Burnt Peak Bike Ride (W6 CT-093) 5794 ft, 15 July 2016

Burnt Peak is at the far north western end of the Angeles National Forest. For me, quite a freeway drive up I405 and then I5, exiting at Lake Hughes Road, then left at Elizabeth Lake along Pine Canyon Road. Then up USFS dirt road 7N23. It is really no further than the drive to, say, the…

Mt Islip (W6 CT-010)8250ft, 8 July 2016

Winter activation:https://halssota.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/a-tiring-day-on-mt-islip-ct-010-1-march-2012/ https://halssota.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/na6mg-k6tuy-k7so-and-n6jzt-on-mt-islip-ct-010-and-table-mountain-ct-067/ https://halssota.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/islip-saddle-to-mt-islip-w6-ct-010-8250-ft-25-july-2014/ https://halssota.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/mt-islip-w6-ct-010-8250-ft-6-june-2015/ This time I added a bit of variety, started from Islip Saddle up the Pacific Crest Trail, then on the jeep road to Little Jimmy Camp, then took the trail from Little Jimmy and bypassed Windy Gap Start at 0640 The road to Little Jimmy. I last hiked this on…

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…