W6/CT-218 – Temescal Peak

I left work a bit earlier than usual one day to for a night activation, my first since starting with SOTA.  Temescal Peak is kinda close to my office so I wouldn’t need to suffer through SoCal traffic so much. I pulled up to an area which looked okay to leave the car, collected my equipment and started to hike up a paved drainage system, at which point I was welcomed by a sign to the Topanga State Park. A cool coastal breeze was welcome as I hiked along. I kept thinking how it would have been a nice on a mountain bike. At the top, I wasted no time to get the antenna setup. The summit is kinda small, so not much room for an EFHW, but that’s what I had so I made it work. Worked 40m, 30m and 20m CW in addition to 2m FM. Made 4 DX contacts on 20M in a row. Maybe I should do night activations more often? Hiking down, by flashlight started to die and I forgot spare cells. Luckily, the moon was bright which was enough to see where I was going. Next time I’m doing this one on a mountain bike.


I seem to have lost the .gpx track, which would normally go here.

Date:11/05/2022 | Summit:W6/CT-218 (Temescal Peak)

03:23NT6E7MHzCWS55N R599
03:25KJ7LLS7MHzCWS52N R55N
03:26AC2WU7MHzCWS52N R42N
03:27AI6XG7MHzCWS56N R33N
03:28W6LOR7MHzCWS599 R57N
03:29K6EL7MHzCWS42N R55N
03:31W9SSN7MHzCWS599 R55N
03:38WE0Q10MHzCWS52N R57N
03:41KI7QEK10MHzCWS52N R55N
03:43N0DET10MHzCWS42N R42N
03:44WW7D10MHzCWS599 R42N
03:45AF7M10MHzCWS53N R55N
03:58KM6UHU144MHzFMS59+ R59
04:23KG6MZS144MHzFMS59+ R59
04:29KI6SLA144MHzFMS59 R59
04:37F4WBN14MHzCWS559 R599
04:39ZL1TM14MHzCWS42N R52N
04:41SA4BLM14MHzCWS33N R33N
04:45JH1MXV14MHzCWS42N R31N
04:46NT6E14MHzCWS599 R55N
04:59WA6WV144MHzFMS59+ R59
Car park
Santa Monica Bay

W6/IN-017 and W6/IN-036 – 7900 Loop

I wanted to hike some new terrain, so I mapped out a route through the Cow horns, east of Big Pine. Leaving Los Angeles around 6am got me to Big Pine before noon, where I bought some drinks and ice for the cooler before heading over to Death Valley Road. There is no actual trail that I could find. I started hiking up a wash, which had various levels and looked as if it would be a waterfall in times of rain. This was too sketchy for me, so I tried to get as much elevation as possible instead by climbing out of the steep wash through loose soil. It was starting to get hot, but I brought a giant golf umbrella to offer shade, which offered relief. After hiking for about 45 minutes I found the ridge line and headed straight to the summit. Once there I looked for a register, or a geo marker, but didn’t find anything. Worked 20,30, 40M CW. Wanting to activate the neighboring summit, I packed the station up and headed over……


Total distance: 3.52 mi
Max elevation: 7897 ft
Total climbing: 1956 ft
Total time: 06:05:59
Download file: Cowhorns.gpx

Date:02/06/2022 | Summit:W6/IN-017 (7900)

20:22K6HPX7MHzCWS55N R53N
20:25W7SKH7MHzCWS53N R55N
20:26WB6POT7MHzCWS57N R57N
20:27W7CBR7MHzCWS55N R55N
20:28N7CW7MHzCWS52N R53N
20:29K7EA7MHzCWS55N R55N
20:29W6JP7MHzCWS52N R51N
20:30NT6E7MHzCWS57N R53N
20:33K6QCB7MHzCWS55N R42N
20:43K7SO10MHzCWS52N R55N
20:44NS7P10MHzCWS57N R55N
20:45AF7M10MHzCWS52N R55N
20:48AC7P10MHzCWS42N R33N
20:57AK5SD14MHzCWS52N R42N
20:58K9WO14MHzCWS51N R44N
21:00W4JM14MHzCWS33N R33N
21:02AF7M14MHzCWS55N R55N

Death Valley Road
Hiking up dry waterfalls
I gave up trying to follow this path and hiked straight to the left
Up the hill…..
A nice Joshua tree with W6/IN-036 in the background
First view of the summit
At the top, zero shade

The route I took over to W6/IN-036 was steep, and at one point I was questioning myself why I do things like this. It was hot, the ground under me was loose and I was consistently slipping. There are several nice shady trees on the ridge which offered additional shade. These trees felt a bit out of place as the whole journey thus far had seemed to be a bit treeless. Once at the summit, I looked around for any markers, or even a register but found nothing. Feeling fatigued, I setup my station and spotted myself on APRS. At 00:00 I shut the station down and headed back to the car. Going down was also steep and I only slipped once. I’d like to come back to these summits on a cooler day, and maybe place a register, and hopefully find a less steep route.


Date:02/06/2022 | Summit:W6/IN-036 (7900)

23:05NS7P7MHzCWS52N R44N
23:06K6QCB7MHzCWS55N R53N
23:08WA7JTM7MHzCWS57N R55N
23:08W6QX7MHzCWS58N R55N
23:11W7DLZ7MHzCWS56N R22N
23:14NT6E7MHzCWS58N R55N
23:16N6IZ7MHzCWS52N R33N
23:27N7CNH10MHzCWS51N R53N
23:30N7WI10MHzCWS57N R55N
23:45VE7HI14MHzCWS42N R33N
23:47AC7P14MHzCWS42N R33N
23:49W9APS14MHzCWS33N R599
Looking up at W6/IN-036
Hiking in a wash
Going up was much steeper than I expected
Trees along the ridge line
Summit is up there
Heading down the ridge
Back at the car, boots off, ice cold cantaloupe.

W6/IN-014 – 8500

After waking up at camp in Big Pine, having a small breakfast and packing up all the camping gear, I headed back out to Death Valley Road to hike the summit of 8500, or Papoose Point, as I’ve seen it named elsewhere. It was quiet except for a few singing birds, and the air was mostly still, only disrupted by low flying F35 jets ripping through the canyons. I started hiking up the two track road, then eventually making a 90-ish degree turn straight up the mountain, over a ridge, down into a valley, then back up another ridge. This was unexpected and perhaps I could have found a different route. Once at the top, I found the summit register and signed it. There is enough room to stretch out a antenna. Not much natural shade at the actual summit, but there are trees just below to take refuge from the sun if needed. Worked 40m, 30m, and 20m CW. Two jets flying below the summit were so close I could almost see inside the cockpit, and so loud I couldn’t hear myself think. I’d love to take a ride in one! I took a different route hiking down which was steeper with more rocks, but more direct. Back at the car the temperature had really risen, so I was happy to turn on the A/C and cool down.


Total distance: 2.13 mi
Max elevation: 8499 ft
Total climbing: 999 ft
Total time: 03:28:03
Download file: in014.gpx

Date:03/06/2022 | Summit:W6/IN-014 (8500)

17:29NT6E7MHzCWS58N R52N
17:31K6EL7MHzCWS529 R559
17:31WA6KYR7MHzCWS57N R56N
17:32W7HO7MHzCWS55N R33N
17:34WB6POT7MHzCWS52N R33N
17:37N7CNH7MHzCWS56N R54N
17:37K6HPX7MHzCWS58N R53N
17:48KB7HH10MHzCWS52N R54N
17:51WW7D10MHzCWS52N R43N
17:56N1SMB10MHzCWS2S W0C/SC-074 S33N R57N
17:59K7SO10MHzCWS51N R54N
18:00KR7RK10MHzCWS51N R53N
18:02N6JZT10MHzCWS51N R53N
18:03K6QCB10MHzCWS57N R53N
18:07N6PKT10MHzCWS53N R52N
18:11K6TUY10MHzCWS55N R55N
18:29NS7P14MHzCWS55N R55N
18:31WB7BWZ14MHzCWS52N R57N
18:33KX6I14MHzCWS2S W6/SC-460 S52N R55N
18:34W2NC14MHzCWS55N R55N
18:36WA6GFE14MHzCWS52N R55N
18:37KG6OKI14MHzCWS44N R42N
Looking back at the car below
I hate Mylar balloons
Trek up
The summit is past the next ridge
Typical views
This guy has a great blog
AD6VT and W6RT
Hiking down

W6/CC-003 – Frazier Mountain

This was my third time attempting to activate Frazier Mountain, but this time I found success. The first time I wanted to drive to the top, but my small commuter car with low profile tires was not the correct vehicle for the task. I returned 6 months later with a mountain bike, but deep snow stopped me a few miles up the road. This time, I drove the commuter car a mile or so up Frazier Mountain Road until it got too rocky, parked on the edge of the road and hiked the rest of the way, which was a bit further than I thought! At the top, I pulled out my HT and immediately heard N6JZT for a quick S2S. After, I used 23cm for one microwave QSO, which I believe was just over 100km, my furthest. I then worked 40m, 30m, and 20m CW for additional contacts. I wanted to activate a few other summits in the area, so I packed everything down and headed down to the car.


Total distance: 8.27 mi
Max elevation: 7933 ft
Total climbing: 4423 ft
Total time: 04:13:50
Download file: Fraizer.gpx

Date:07/07/2022 | Summit:W6/CC-003 (Frazier Mountain

21:36N6JZT144MHzFMS45 R55 S2S W6/CT-014
21:37KK6TDU144MHzFMS45 R59
21:38KI6SLA144MHzFMS45 R59
21:49NT6E1240MHzFM%QRA%DM03TU% S51 R51
21:59W7RV7MHzCWS55N R53N
22:00K6YK7MHzCWS57N R58N
22:01K6EL7MHzCWS53N R55N S2S W6/NC-423
22:02KF6HI7MHzCWS58N R54N
22:03N7CW7MHzCWS53N R55N
22:03KR7RK7MHzCWS55N R54N
22:04AF7M7MHzCWS56N R55N
22:06KB7HH7MHzCWS33N R53N
22:07W6TDX7MHzCWS53N R55N
22:09K6STR7MHzCWS57N R55N
22:22N7PHI10MHzCWS33N R53N
22:24K6HPX10MHzCWS57N R53N
22:26N6JZT10MHzCWS58N R599 S2S W6/CT-014
22:40N0IPA14MHzCWS32N R55N
Not a great idea
We can’t have nice things. 🙁
A sign!
Another sign!
Typical views
Water! There were several deer hanging out here on my way down. I felt bad for disturbing them.
RF Equipment
The old fire lookout tower

W6/IN-048 – 5213

This was the last summit of four I activated on a solo camping trip in Lone Pine, and my third climb of the day.  At this point, the temperature was quite warm, and the wind was starting to get a bit unruly.  I parked the car right off Movie Road and started hiking up to the summit.  Once there I used the EFHW, which was tough to wrangle in the wind.  The golf umbrella I used for shade was useless in these conditions.  Worked 20,30, 40M CW and got back down to the car as quickly as I could.


Total distance: 1.2 mi
Max elevation: 5138 ft
Total climbing: 863 ft
Total time: 02:11:52
Download file: W6IN048.gpx

Date:08/04/2022 | Summit:W6/IN-048 (5213)

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
20:42 N8FN 7MHz CW S58N R55N
20:43 N6TEM 7MHz CW S54N R52N
20:44 KR7RK 7MHz CW S55N R33N
20:44 K6LDQ 7MHz CW S58N R52N
20:46 W7CBR 7MHz CW S52N R599
20:47 K6EL 7MHz CW S52N R55N S2S W6/NC-423
20:47 NS7P 7MHz CW S589 R54N
20:49 AJ6KZ 7MHz CW S58N R54N S2S W6/CT-015
20:51 K6TUY 7MHz CW S579 R56N
20:52 W7SKH 7MHz CW S559 R599
20:54 N6PKT 7MHz CW S42N R52N
20:56 K6QCB 7MHz CW S53N R53N
21:05 WA6LE 10MHz CW S559 R58N S2S W6/ND-144
21:08 KN6FNY 10MHz CW S58N R55N
21:10 WW7D 10MHz CW S52N R33N
21:11 WU7H 10MHz CW S42N R22N
21:13 AG6ZE 10MHz CW S57N R55N
21:14 AI6QZ 10MHz CW S57N R55N
21:20 KE6IWM 144MHz FM S59 R59
21:26 F4WBN 14MHz CW S44N R599
21:28 AC7P 14MHz CW S52N R44N
21:29 WA2USA 14MHz CW S529 R459
21:30 N0IPA 14MHz CW S44N R42N
21:31 KF9D 14MHz CW S52N R52N
21:33 W9VNE 14MHz CW S42N R44N
21:36 N5JST 14MHz CW S42N R55N
21:38 AI5EZ 14MHz CW S53N R55N
21:40 N7ZQ 14MHz CW S53N R55N


W6/IN-045 – 5396

This was my first summit in a series of four while solo camping in Lone Pine.  I had just drove up from Los Angeles, found a place to camp, setup my tent, relaxed a bit, then headed over to W6/IN-046, also known as “Rattlesnake Hill”.  There was no apparent trail to the summit, so I parked my car in a small clearing and just headed up the mountain, watching out for rattle snakes on my way.  Once the steep part was out of the way I picked up what looked like a use-trail and followed it up the the geographical summit.  Used a vertical and worked 20M.  One contact on 2M with a local who told me to watch out for snakes.  When heading down, I picked up on a much better trail.  I’ll take this way up next time.


Total distance: 2.03 mi
Max elevation: 5322 ft
Total climbing: 1624 ft
Total time: 02:30:53
Download file: W6IN045.gpx

Date:07/04/2022 | Summit:W6/IN-045 (5396)

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
21:35 AC7P 14MHz CW S559 R559
21:36 W4KRN 14MHz CW S57N R44N
21:38 N0IPA 14MHz CW S33N R42N
21:43 KF9D 14MHz CW S55N R55N
21:44 W0RLY 14MHz CW S57N R57N
21:46 VE7HI 14MHz CW S57N R33N
21:47 WG0AT 14MHz CW S33N R54N
21:52 W5BOS 14MHz CW S599 R55N
21:54 WV0Q 14MHz CW S55N R53N
21:55 NU7A 14MHz CW S54N R33N
21:58 WX1S 14MHz CW S52N R55N
22:01 KD6TLE 144MHz FM S59 R59



W6/SS-449 – 5200

This was my second summit of four on a solo camping trip in Lone Pine.  After waking up at Portuguese Joe campground, I packed up my tent and made a quick breakfast before pointing my commuter car down movie road to the trailhead.  This was an easy drive in my small car.  One could take a 4×4 all the way to the top, but it gets kinda sketchy in a couple spots.  At the top I used an EFHW and worked through a pileup on 40M, then over to 30M.  One S2S up to San Francisco.  2.5 miles of hiking and a bit over 1K elevation.


Total distance: 2.51 mi
Max elevation: 5125 ft
Total climbing: 1296 ft
Total time: 02:14:06
Download file: W6SS449.gpx

Date:08/04/2022 | Summit:W6/SS-449 (5200)

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
16:30 K6EL 7MHz CW S559 R559 S2S W6/NC-423
16:30 WW7D 7MHz CW S57N R42N
16:33 KF6HI 7MHz CW S58N R55N
16:33 K6LDQ 7MHz CW S57N R55N
16:34 K6QCB 7MHz CW S55N R53N
16:36 NS7P 7MHz CW S57N R559
16:36 NA6MG 7MHz CW S57N R55N
16:39 W6TDX 7MHz CW S52N R55N
16:40 N6PKT 7MHz CW S53N R52N
16:42 N8FN 7MHz CW S42N R33N
16:43 K7S0 7MHz CW S42N R22N
16:44 WU7H 7MHz CW S52N R52N
16:45 KR7RK 7MHz CW S55N R55N
16:53 WB7ULD 10MHz CW S55N R57N
16:55 WB5USB 10MHz CW S52N R53N
16:57 K6YK 10MHz CW S42N R22N
16:59 KF7WI 10MHz CW S52N R51N
17:00 K6HPX 10MHz CW S58N R51N
17:02 KK7LK 10MHz CW S55N R55N


W6/SS-636 – Alabama Hills

This was my third summit of four on a solo camping trip in Lone Pine.  The hike up was a relatively short cross country jaunt, less than a mile, but just under 1K elevation gain so kinda steep.  Up top I used a tri-band vertical; not much room for a end fed.  Worked 20,30,40M CW for about 30 minutes before packing down and heading to W6/IN-048


Total distance: 1.31 mi
Max elevation: 5308 ft
Total climbing: 984 ft
Total time: 01:44:45
Download file: W6SS636.gpx

Date:08/04/2022 | Summit:W6/SS-636 (Alabama Hills)

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
18:40 KN6FNY 10MHz CW S58N R55N
18:41 NS7P 10MHz CW S55N R55N
18:42 K6HPX 10MHz CW S57N R559
18:42 KF6HI 10MHz CW S58N R55N
18:44 WW7D 10MHz CW S339 R319
18:47 WU7H 10MHz CW S22N R33N
18:59 K7WFM 14MHz CW S559 R519
19:00 WA5AFD 14MHz CW S56N R45N
19:01 WU7H 14MHz CW S599 R55N
19:01 N7SM 14MHz CW S57N R599
19:03 WA2USA 14MHz CW S51N R33N
19:06 W5ODS 14MHz CW S52N R43N


W6/CD-016 – Ryan Mountain

I was in the area to attend the Experimental Music Festival in Wonder Valley and thought a SOTA activation would be a nice addition to my weekend plans.  Ryan Mountain is inside Joshua Tree National Park, and not too far from the north entrance, which, wasn’t too far from the music venue.  The hike is about 3 miles round trip, and a bit over 1,000′ in elevation gain, however the scorching February sun made it feel a bit longer.  At the top I found a place away from others and setup my vertical antenna with an MTR4B.  After a few questions on why I have a fishing pole in the desert, I started operating on 40M CW but didn’t get any QSOs., and only two on 30M.  When I moved to 20M, I ended up with a small pileup with one DX call from Japan.


Total distance: 2.93 mi
Max elevation: 5464 ft
Total climbing: 1268 ft
Total time: 02:31:53
Download file: Ryan.gpx

Date:02/04/2022 | Summit:W6/CD-016 (Ryan Mountain)

Time Callsign Band Mode Notes
20:53 N7CNH 10MHz CW S52N R53N
20:54 WW7D 10MHz CW S55N R42N
21:02 KI7SVM 14MHz CW S55N R42N
21:04 N6AN 14MHz CW S2S W6/CT-225 S52N R53N
21:05 KF9D 14MHz CW S57N R52N
21:07 NG6R 14MHz CW S599 R44N
21:09 WB7BWZ 14MHz CW S52N R53N
21:10 W5WMQ 14MHz CW S559 R599
21:12 KI7TT 14MHz CW S53N R33N
21:14 K8MH 14MHz CW S589 R559
21:16 JH1MXV 14MHz CW S44N R429

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