W6/CT-158 – 4020 via The Beast

Read about my first activation of 4020 HERE.

This summit is a popular drive up, where you can earn 4 SOTA points for walking across a small field. I always figured I would activate this one again on some kinda field day with bulky QRO equipment, but cycling up 3n17 would be way more fun. Turns out, part of the way up is a popular mountain bike trail, called “The Beast“, where you climb up a fire road, then turn off onto a downhill single track back to the start. Hell yea! For this activation, I only brought an FM HT, two beers, water, and some snacks. Joining me was Ebun and Tim. The assent isn’t anything unusual – just a normal, steep, exposed fire road. About 5 miles up to the summit you will run into the single track that goes back down. Of course, we’re going all the way to the top, so another 3-ish miles further. At the summit I had no issues making contacts on 2M and 70cm FM. Excited to ride the single track down, I chugged one beer and headed to the single track. At this point I didn’t take any photos because it was way too much fun to stop. I can’t wait to do this again, and I’ll likely ride “The Beast” again soon.

https://sotl.as/summits/W6/CT-158

Total distance: 20.43 mi
Max elevation: 3980 ft
Min elevation: 1385 ft
Total climbing: 3379 ft
Average speed: 4.14 m/s
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Date:27/02/2021 | Summit:W6/CT-158 (4020)

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“The Beast”
Typical SoCal fire roads
Lots of this…
This is a gate blocks 3n17 from Whitney Canyon Park
Start of “The Beast” single track down
Unexpected pit toilet.
Old pavement on 3n17
Road up to the summit to the left, 3n17 to the right
Tim can ride a bike with one foot.
Benchmark
One beer stop at a meadow