I was saving the higher elevation hikes for the summer with the idea it would be much cooler and enjoyable when the city below is being scorched by the sun. That’s not the case. It was hot, the route up was in full sun, and I wondered what it would take to loose some pack weight to make the trip up to the summit easier. Overall, it was enjoyable. Solar conditions were not so great, but I was able to make several QSOs on 20. 40M was dead, with only one QSO up to Washington State. Made a 2M CW contact, and a few 2M FM contacts right before heading down to the car.
(Update 05-09-2022 – a server migration, plugin and php update revealed the timestamps on this .gpx file are broken. I’ve added fake times so this page renders correctly)
Max elevation: 8245 ft
Total climbing: 2329 ft
Total time: 00:21:45
Date:27/05/2020 | Summit:W6/CT-010 (Mount Islip)
Edit December 5th, 2022 – The following description and photos were borrowed from firetower.org without permission, see link below for original source.
Mount Islip was constructed in 1927, a 22 foot X-Brace steel tower with an 8×8 observation cabin by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. A stone residence cabin was built nearby. It’s ruin still stands today.
The lookout tower was reportedly moved to South Mount Hawkins in 1938 before being replaced shortly thereafter by the structure that stood until 2002.