I like this one because there are several large trees on top, which is kinda unusual for this area. From what I’ve read, most people activate Grass Mountain as a drive up, but I parked the car at the paved road and took a mountain bike up the service road. The ride is under 3 miles and ~1000′ of elevation gain. Parts of the road were deeply rutted after recent rains, and I don’t think a passenger car would make it, however this will likely change once it gets graded. The top sports a few radio towers with equipment shelters. Adjacent to that is a nice grass field, where I setup my HF station. Worked 20M, 30M, 40M with several S2S contacts. I would have loved to stay up there longer, but I wanted to activate a second summit on the next ridge over, Burn Benchmark. I think I’ll bring a hammock and a cooler with a few drinks and a sandwich next time I’m here and spend all day in the trees.
Max elevation: 4597 ft
Total climbing: 1082 ft
Total time: 00:57:08
Date:08/01/2022 | Summit:W6/CT-130 (Grass Mountain)
|18:32||K0MOS||14MHz||SSB||S56 R56 S2S W0C/FR-057|
|18:51||W9SSN||10MHz||CW||S33N R22N S2S W6/SC-203|
|19:12||N6ARA||14MHz||CW||S5NN R5NN S2S W6/SC-345|
|19:16||N0DF||14MHz||CW||S55N R57N S2S W7I/SI-177|
|19:34||W6LOR||7MHz||CW||S45N R55N S2S W6/ND-293|
Edit – December 5th, 2022. At one time Grass Mountain hosted a fire lookout tower which was destroyed in a fire. The following info was borrowed from firelook.org without any permission whatsoever.
The Grass Mountain lookout was a cooperative lookout between the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles County Forestry Department built in 1934. The structure was a California Region revision of the L-4 cabin on a 10 foot open timber tower.
The lookout was destroyed a wildfire in August 1951 and was not rebuilt.