W6/ND-026 – Gilbert Peak

This summit is named after Charles Merwin Gilbert (1910 – 1988), you can read more about his life and career here —> https://eps.berkeley.edu/content/charles-merwin-gilbert. I didn’t do any internet searches on how to summit this peak before attempting it myself, but I think there is a better way up than the way I went. I took the moto through the forest on an (unnamed?) road and parked as close to the summit as one could, then hiked straight up the side of the hill. It was hot; I was quickly moving from shady spot to shady spot to stay out of the blazing sun. Drank almost a liter of water on the way up. At the top, some interesting rock formations and a plaque dedicated to Charles Merwin Gilbert. I setup my station just off the side of the rock formation, under a shady tree, where I got attacked by crawling insects that liked bite me. Called out on 2M, made no contacts. Worked 20M SSB, and 30M CW. Two S2S contacts.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/ND-026

Total distance: 1.02 mi
Max elevation: 8635 ft
Min elevation: 7828 ft
Total climbing: 797 ft
Average speed: 0.76 m/s
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Date:06/07/2021 | Summit:W6/ND-026 (Gilbert Peak)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
18:08N0WAE14MHzSSBS56 R55
18:09NS7P14MHzSSBS58 R57
18:10K5DEZ14MHzSSBS42 R42
18:11W7GNM14MHzSSBS57 R59
18:12KJ7UIZ14MHzSSBS35 R53
18:27KX0R10MHzCWR549 S599 S2S W0C/FR-080
18:31K0DAJ14MHzSSBS57 R45 S2S W0D/BB-002
18:34WU7H14MHzSSBS42 R55
18:34WW7D14MHzSSBS59 R53
I think that’s Gilbert Peak off in the distance.
Typical roads in the area
Parked the moto here with a note about my whereabouts, summit is straight up the hill
It was very hot. I was hiking from shady spot to shady spot.
First view of the summit
A plaque about Gilbert Peak
View from the top

W6/IN-050 – Poverty Hills

On the way home from several activations in the White Mountains and the Inyo National Forest outside Mammoth Lakes, I decided to bag one last peak along Hwy 395. I started this hike just off Tinemaha Road. The map I was referencing listed a mine at the bottom of the trail but I didn’t see much evidence of that. It was later in the day and very hot; I sucked down a bit over a liter of water in the mile or so to the top. I used about half of my other liter to dump on my head to cool down. At the top, a small rock pile was used to support my vertical antenna. I worked 20 SSB, 40M SSB (which got no contacts) and 30M CW, two S2S there. This summit has outstanding views of the Owens Valley, and I hope to activate this one again soon.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/IN-050

Total distance: 2.3 mi
Max elevation: 4948 ft
Min elevation: 4239 ft
Total climbing: 715 ft
Average speed: 1.14 m/s
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Date:08/07/2021 | Summit:W6/IN-050 (Poverty Hills)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
17:58K6HPX14MHzSSBS59 R51
17:59NS7P14MHzSSBS59 R57
17:59WU7H14MHzSSBS59 R55
18:00KD7DTS14MHzSSBS59 R33
18:02N6KJH14MHzSSBS56 R33 JEFF
18:03N0WAE14MHzSSBS59 R55
18:03WW7D14MHzSSBS57 R55
18:04K6MW14MHzSSBS57 R55
18:11N7CNH10MHzCWS55N R55N S2S W7O/CE-051
18:20KA7GPP10MHzCWS599 R559 S2S W7W/CH-195
18:21WA6KYR10MHzCWS5NN R44N
18:23WY7N10MHzCWS599 R559
18:26WB7ULD10MHzCWS59N R55N
18:30KX6A10MHzCWS599 R55N
Adventure van at the bottom of the trail
The trail starts out wide….
Then slowly gets narrow and steep.

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

W6/ND-037 – Lookout Mountain

This is a drive up, but you may need 4-wheel drive for the last bit through sharp obsidian, which is everywhere in this area. I hiked up from a parking area off highway 395, 6 miles round trip through a beautiful forest. Worked 20M, 40M SSB with one S2S in Utah.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/ND-037

Total distance: 6.05 mi
Max elevation: 8363 ft
Min elevation: 7520 ft
Total climbing: 1601 ft
Average speed: 1.32 m/s
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Date:05/07/2021 | Summit:W6/ND-037 (Lookout Mountain)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
23:02W0MNA14MHzSSBS59 R56
23:08K7GT7MHzSSBS59 R55
23:11W6TDX7MHzSSBS45 R45
23:18WW7D7MHzSSBS33 R33
23:18K6HPX7MHzSSBS59 R41
23:21WY7N7MHzSSBS42 R11 S2S W7U/SP-008
23:45NW7E7MHzSSBS59 R52
A welcome sign at the parking area.
This is just past a paved parking area off 395
Typical views
Stretches of no shade, it was hot!
Not sure what this was?
I setup under this tree.

W6/WH-008 – 10940

If you’re in the area, this is a very easy summit to activate, it’s right off White Mountain Road, and a short, 5 minute (if that) hike up from a small parking area. Activation zone is pretty small, so I’m not sure one could stretch out a dipole. Worked KM6QCE on 2M FM, who then drove by to say hello! Also worked 20M, 40M SSB.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/WH-008

Total distance: 0.3 mi
Max elevation: 10958 ft
Min elevation: 10751 ft
Total climbing: 220 ft
Average speed: 0.68 m/s
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Date:05/07/2021 | Summit:W6/WH-008 (10940)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
16:03KM6QCE144MHzFMS55 R55
16:20N0WAE14MHzSSBS56 R55
16:21NS7P14MHzSSBS57 R56
16:21KR7Q14MHzSSBS59 R53
16:22WW7D14MHzSSBS48 R55
16:22K7GT14MHzSSBS59 R57
16:23NW7E14MHzSSBS58 R55
16:23W0MNA14MHzSSBS57 R54
16:45K6HPX7MHzSSBS58 R51
16:47K6CWC7MHzSSBS35 R33
View of the summit
Short trek from the road to the saddle
‘QCE stopped by to say hello. Also, my mast fell over.

W6/WH-006 – County Line Hill

This summit is in the White Mountain range. I hiked an old two track road to the east side of the hill, then headed straight up to the summit through thick, knee high sage. Once on the ridge it was easy to get over to the summit. Worked 2M FM, 20M, and 40M SSB. On the way down, I took the ridge down to see if there was anything left of old prospecting mines marked on the forest service maps. I found a couple old tin cans and collapsed mine shafts.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/WH-006

Total distance: 3.87 mi
Max elevation: 11237 ft
Min elevation: 10318 ft
Total climbing: 1145 ft
Average speed: 0.94 m/s
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Date:04/07/2021 | Summit:W6/WH-006 (County Line Hill)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
01:34KM6QCE144MHzFMS59 R59
01:35WA6IQO144MHzFMS59 R59
01:36W0MNA14MHzSSBS59 R59
01:38W0ERI14MHzSSBS59 R59
01:40AL6H14MHzSSBS54 R55
01:52K6HPX7MHzSSBS55 R51
01:53KJ7UIZ7MHzSSBS58 R56
01:54K6CWC7MHzSSBS55 R48
01:55K6LDQ7MHzSSBS55 R36
01:56KX6A7MHzSSBS55 R33
Where I parked the moto, County Line Hill in the background.
Old two track road. I followed this around to the west side of the summit.
Knee deep bushwhacking
At the top
Lady bugs hiding under rocks.
At the summit with my vertical.

W6/ND-378 – Sheep Mountain

Sheep Mountain is near the end of White Mountain Road. I don’t have a car that will make it down this road reliably, so I brought my dual sport motorcycle which ran well at elevation. I was worried about it, as other carbureted motos I’ve owned completely loose power or refuse to idle when faced with altitude. While the hike wasn’t far, less than two miles, and not insanely steep, the elevation 12,439′ according to my GPS, really slowed me down. After reaching the top and catching my breath, I setup my vertical antenna with 8 radials and spotted myself on 20m via APRS. Made 3 S2S contacts, and 1 POTA contact. Unknown to me at the time of activation, this summit qualifies for summer bonus points, which was a nice surprise. I can’t wait to come back to this area for more hiking in the future!

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/ND-378

Total distance: 1.87 mi
Max elevation: 12493 ft
Min elevation: 11854 ft
Total climbing: 797 ft
Average speed: 0.84 m/s
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Date:04/07/2021 | Summit:W6/ND-378 (Sheep Mountain)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
18:51W3JPH14MHzSSBS55 R55
18:56KI7ADV14MHzSSBS59 R59 S2S W6/SS-252
18:57KE0JVS14MHzSSBS59 R58 TOM POTA K4026
18:59NS7P14MHzSSBS52 R33
19:01K7GUD14MHzSSBS35 R51 S2S W7Y/TT-075
19:02KJ7UIZ14MHzSSBS59 R52
19:03NW7E14MHzSSBS59 R55
19:11KG6DTZ144MHzFMS59 R59 S2S W6/SS-059
19:12WA6IQO144MHzFMS59 R59
19:15AC6AT144MHzFMS54 R55
19:18W7WOW144MHzFMS59 R59 BOB
19:21KB6LHM144MHzFMS59 R59 STEVE
White Mountain Road
More White Mountain Road
More White Mountain Road, this is County Line Peak.
Where I parked the moto. Summit can’t be seen from here.
All rocks hiking over the first hill.
Not too terrible to hike over
Over the first hill, Sheep Mountain is to the right.
Benchmark at the top
Another benchmark
Summit log, signed by KM3A and N0OI
Hiking down, this is the hill I hiked over. I went around it going down.
Looking at White Mountain Road from the first hill.

W6/WH-007 – Clem Nelson Peak

Access to this summit is pretty easy from the Bristle Cone Pine Visitors Center, either by taking the Discovery Trail, or by walking down White Mountain Road, then hiking up. See my .gpx file for more info on this. The assent is steep with loose rocks. Watch your step!

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/WH-007

Total distance: 2.56 mi
Max elevation: 11053 ft
Min elevation: 10052 ft
Total climbing: 1332 ft
Average speed: 0.70 m/s
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Date:03/07/2021 | Summit:W6/WH-007 (Clem Nelson Peak)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
20:04WW7D14MHzSSBS55 R55
20:05WD8KDB14MHzSSBS45 R33
20:06KF7WI14MHzSSBS52 R52
20:07N0WAE14MHzSSBS59 R54
20:10K9JOY14MHzSSBS58 R55 POTA K0510
20:12N3XUL14MHzSSBS59 R55 S2S W6/SC-366
20:15KJ7UIZ14MHzSSBS44 R53 SHACK SLOTH
20:17NK7L14MHzSSBS59 R55
20:24N7IU144MHzFMS57 R51
20:26K6MWK144MHzFMS56 R56
20:53N3XUL7MHzSSBS52 R52
21:03K6TLH14MHzSSBS59 R59
21:08K6HPX14MHzSSBS33 R31

W6/WH-009 – 10660

This summit starts at the Ancient Bristle Cone Pine visitor center parking lot. Take the trail to the Mexican Mines, which winds past some old cabins and mine shafts. Continue on the trail until a second set of collapsed mine audits. From here, just head straight up the hill a short distance to the summit. There, you will see another collapsed mine audit; this is where I setup my station. Worked 20, 40, 2, and 1.2GHz. Did a bit of rock hounding, then headed back to the car. This is pretty high elevation, and I was feeling the effects having just come from Los Angeles. No .gpx data for this summit, as I thought I would use a phone app instead of a hardware GPS. Phone app crashed. Doh!

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/WH-009

(Sadly, no .gpx data for this summit)

Date:02/07/2021 | Summit:W6/WH-009 (10660)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
21:45WU7H14MHzSSBS58 R44
21:46K6HPX14MHzSSBS58 R54
21:56NW6C144MHzSSBS59 R59 JOHN
21:57NQ7R144MHzSSBS55 R59
21:58KK6HTM144MHzSSBS59 R59
22:51KT4Q14MHzSSBS58 R44 POTA K502
22:57WB7ULD14MHzSSBS45 R34
22:59WD8KDB14MHzSSBS58 R44
23:01W5ODS14MHzSSBS59 R55
23:17K6YK14MHzSSBS59 R33

W6/CT-022 – Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak is rad. I started at Glendora Ridge Road across from Sunset Ridge Fire Road, and followed that up to the summit. At the top is a big chunk of sheet metal, I think from a lookout tower. I thought about ways to use this as a ground plane next time I’m there. Worked 20, 40, 2, and 1.2GHz. I got snowed on, in May, which was a nice surprise. The way down I was having so much fun, I went wayyyy past the turn off back to the car, but I eventually ran into GDR and cycled back on the road.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/CT-022

Total distance: 11.34 mi
Max elevation: 5774 ft
Min elevation: 4380 ft
Total climbing: 2077 ft
Average speed: 4.46 m/s
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Date:21/05/2021 | Summit:W6/CT-022 (Sunset Peak)

TimeCallsignBandModeNotes
23:03KC9YDC14MHzSSBS35 R47 POTA
23:07W5GDW14MHzSSBS48 R32
23:07K6QCB14MHzSSBS59 R59
23:08WW7D14MHzSSBS57 R54
23:09WU7H14MHzSSBS57 R59
23:11K6ARK14MHzSSBS57 R42
23:11WD8KDB14MHzSSBS43 R33
23:12KK6JM14MHzSSBS59 R59
23:14NG6R14MHzSSBS59 R57
23:18W7MDN14MHzSSBS33 R22 S2S W7W/FR-044
23:42K6KWI144MHzFM
23:44KI6SLA144MHzFM
23:47WB6UNG144MHzFMRANDY
23:54K6LDQ1240MHzFMS51 R59 %QRA%DM03TU%