This trip was my first time up Sandstone, but my second attempt. My previous trip to the trail head was met with treacherous winds which kept me from putting efforts into reaching the summit. The hike is typical of those in the Santa Monica Mountains; hot, dry and no shade whatsoever. I brought my hiking umbrella which made things much easier. After about 1.5 miles you will reach the summit and find a plaque honoring Herbert Allen. There I took quite a bit of time to cool down, listening on 2M for any activity. Made a few S2S QSOs. This summit doesn’t have much room to stretch out a long HF antenna, but I made it work by hiking out to a sketchy outcropping. I then realized I forgot the power cable to my HF radio! Doh! I packed up the antenna I just setup and hiked down the trail back to my car.
Max elevation: 2995 ft
Total climbing: 1703 ft
Total time: 02:23:09
Date:22/07/2022 | Summit:W6/CC-056 (Sandstone Peak)
|18:56||KD7DTS||144MHz||FM||S59 R59 S2S W6/CT-269|
|18:57||KN6PHZ||144MHz||FM||S59 R59 S2S W6/CT-269|
|19:07||KF7NP||144MHz||FM||S22 R44 S2S W6/SC-203|