W6/ND-012 – Bald Mountain

Bald Mountain is a drive up, I think you would need a 4×4 to make it up all the way, as the last bit is steep, with loose sharp rocks. This being said, the dirt road leading up to this summit is well graded, and I believe a sedan could make it most of the way down the 10+ mile dirt road, stoping where it starts getting rough, then hiking the remainder. At the top, there is a fire lookout station, a small log cabin, and a picnic table. Since the lookout station was unoccupied, I took the stairs to the top with a 2M radio and looked for contacts on 146.520. Nothing heard. Next, I went to check out the cabin, which was well stocked with supplies and a cast iron stove. I set my station up inside, with my tri-band vertical just outside the door. Worked SSB, conditions were bad, but I was able to make enough contacts to activate this summit. Sadly, the cabin was kinda a mess inside with empty bottles/ cans/ random trash, and other objects out of place. I took 5 minutes to straighten things up and remove several right-wing authoritarian political stickers. There was also tons of graffiti inside, which by looking at the dates, was mostly recent, within the past 2 years. Hopefully this behavior doesn’t get this cabin locked up so nobody can enjoy it.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/ND-012

(No .gpx, because this was just a short hike to the cabin)

Date:06/07/2021 | Summit:W6/ND-012 (Bald Mountain) | Bonus: 3

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
22:21WW7D14MHzSSBS59 R54
22:24W8TJM14MHzSSBS59 R58
22:25WU7H14MHzSSBS53 R55
22:33KI7UXT14MHzSSBS53 R53
On Bald Mountain Road
At the top, I parked the moto then hiked over to the cabin on the right.
Cabin
Inside
Cast iron stove with a cast iron pot.
My station