W6/CT-218 – Temescal Peak

I left work a bit earlier than usual one day to for a night activation, my first since starting with SOTA.  Temescal Peak is kinda close to my office so I wouldn’t need to suffer through SoCal traffic so much. I pulled up to an area which looked okay to leave the car, collected my equipment and started to hike up a paved drainage system, at which point I was welcomed by a sign to the Topanga State Park. A cool coastal breeze was welcome as I hiked along. I kept thinking how it would have been a nice on a mountain bike. At the top, I wasted no time to get the antenna setup. The summit is kinda small, so not much room for an EFHW, but that’s what I had so I made it work. Worked 40m, 30m and 20m CW in addition to 2m FM. Made 4 DX contacts on 20M in a row. Maybe I should do night activations more often? Hiking down, by flashlight started to die and I forgot spare cells. Luckily, the moon was bright which was enough to see where I was going. Next time I’m doing this one on a mountain bike.


I seem to have lost the .gpx track, which would normally go here.

Date:11/05/2022 | Summit:W6/CT-218 (Temescal Peak)

03:23NT6E7MHzCWS55N R599
03:25KJ7LLS7MHzCWS52N R55N
03:26AC2WU7MHzCWS52N R42N
03:27AI6XG7MHzCWS56N R33N
03:28W6LOR7MHzCWS599 R57N
03:29K6EL7MHzCWS42N R55N
03:31W9SSN7MHzCWS599 R55N
03:38WE0Q10MHzCWS52N R57N
03:41KI7QEK10MHzCWS52N R55N
03:43N0DET10MHzCWS42N R42N
03:44WW7D10MHzCWS599 R42N
03:45AF7M10MHzCWS53N R55N
03:58KM6UHU144MHzFMS59+ R59
04:23KG6MZS144MHzFMS59+ R59
04:29KI6SLA144MHzFMS59 R59
04:37F4WBN14MHzCWS559 R599
04:39ZL1TM14MHzCWS42N R52N
04:41SA4BLM14MHzCWS33N R33N
04:45JH1MXV14MHzCWS42N R31N
04:46NT6E14MHzCWS599 R55N
04:59WA6WV144MHzFMS59+ R59
Car park
Santa Monica Bay

W6/IN-017 and W6/IN-036 – 7900 Loop

I wanted to hike some new terrain, so I mapped out a route through the Cow horns, east of Big Pine. Leaving Los Angeles around 6am got me to Big Pine before noon, where I bought some drinks and ice for the cooler before heading over to Death Valley Road. There is no actual trail that I could find. I started hiking up a wash, which had various levels and looked as if it would be a waterfall in times of rain. This was too sketchy for me, so I tried to get as much elevation as possible instead by climbing out of the steep wash through loose soil. It was starting to get hot, but I brought a giant golf umbrella to offer shade, which offered relief. After hiking for about 45 minutes I found the ridge line and headed straight to the summit. Once there I looked for a register, or a geo marker, but didn’t find anything. Worked 20,30, 40M CW. Wanting to activate the neighboring summit, I packed the station up and headed over……


Total distance: 3.52 mi
Max elevation: 7897 ft
Total climbing: 1956 ft
Total time: 06:05:59
Download file: Cowhorns.gpx

Date:02/06/2022 | Summit:W6/IN-017 (7900)

20:22K6HPX7MHzCWS55N R53N
20:25W7SKH7MHzCWS53N R55N
20:26WB6POT7MHzCWS57N R57N
20:27W7CBR7MHzCWS55N R55N
20:28N7CW7MHzCWS52N R53N
20:29K7EA7MHzCWS55N R55N
20:29W6JP7MHzCWS52N R51N
20:30NT6E7MHzCWS57N R53N
20:33K6QCB7MHzCWS55N R42N
20:43K7SO10MHzCWS52N R55N
20:44NS7P10MHzCWS57N R55N
20:45AF7M10MHzCWS52N R55N
20:48AC7P10MHzCWS42N R33N
20:57AK5SD14MHzCWS52N R42N
20:58K9WO14MHzCWS51N R44N
21:00W4JM14MHzCWS33N R33N
21:02AF7M14MHzCWS55N R55N

Death Valley Road
Hiking up dry waterfalls
I gave up trying to follow this path and hiked straight to the left
Up the hill…..
A nice Joshua tree with W6/IN-036 in the background
First view of the summit
At the top, zero shade

The route I took over to W6/IN-036 was steep, and at one point I was questioning myself why I do things like this. It was hot, the ground under me was loose and I was consistently slipping. There are several nice shady trees on the ridge which offered additional shade. These trees felt a bit out of place as the whole journey thus far had seemed to be a bit treeless. Once at the summit, I looked around for any markers, or even a register but found nothing. Feeling fatigued, I setup my station and spotted myself on APRS. At 00:00 I shut the station down and headed back to the car. Going down was also steep and I only slipped once. I’d like to come back to these summits on a cooler day, and maybe place a register, and hopefully find a less steep route.


Date:02/06/2022 | Summit:W6/IN-036 (7900)

23:05NS7P7MHzCWS52N R44N
23:06K6QCB7MHzCWS55N R53N
23:08WA7JTM7MHzCWS57N R55N
23:08W6QX7MHzCWS58N R55N
23:11W7DLZ7MHzCWS56N R22N
23:14NT6E7MHzCWS58N R55N
23:16N6IZ7MHzCWS52N R33N
23:27N7CNH10MHzCWS51N R53N
23:30N7WI10MHzCWS57N R55N
23:45VE7HI14MHzCWS42N R33N
23:47AC7P14MHzCWS42N R33N
23:49W9APS14MHzCWS33N R599
Looking up at W6/IN-036
Hiking in a wash
Going up was much steeper than I expected
Trees along the ridge line
Summit is up there
Heading down the ridge
Back at the car, boots off, ice cold cantaloupe.

W6/IN-014 – 8500

After waking up at camp in Big Pine, having a small breakfast and packing up all the camping gear, I headed back out to Death Valley Road to hike the summit of 8500, or Papoose Point, as I’ve seen it named elsewhere. It was quiet except for a few singing birds, and the air was mostly still, only disrupted by low flying F35 jets ripping through the canyons. I started hiking up the two track road, then eventually making a 90-ish degree turn straight up the mountain, over a ridge, down into a valley, then back up another ridge. This was unexpected and perhaps I could have found a different route. Once at the top, I found the summit register and signed it. There is enough room to stretch out a antenna. Not much natural shade at the actual summit, but there are trees just below to take refuge from the sun if needed. Worked 40m, 30m, and 20m CW. Two jets flying below the summit were so close I could almost see inside the cockpit, and so loud I couldn’t hear myself think. I’d love to take a ride in one! I took a different route hiking down which was steeper with more rocks, but more direct. Back at the car the temperature had really risen, so I was happy to turn on the A/C and cool down.


Total distance: 2.13 mi
Max elevation: 8499 ft
Total climbing: 999 ft
Total time: 03:28:03
Download file: in014.gpx

Date:03/06/2022 | Summit:W6/IN-014 (8500)

17:29NT6E7MHzCWS58N R52N
17:31K6EL7MHzCWS529 R559
17:31WA6KYR7MHzCWS57N R56N
17:32W7HO7MHzCWS55N R33N
17:34WB6POT7MHzCWS52N R33N
17:37N7CNH7MHzCWS56N R54N
17:37K6HPX7MHzCWS58N R53N
17:48KB7HH10MHzCWS52N R54N
17:51WW7D10MHzCWS52N R43N
17:56N1SMB10MHzCWS2S W0C/SC-074 S33N R57N
17:59K7SO10MHzCWS51N R54N
18:00KR7RK10MHzCWS51N R53N
18:02N6JZT10MHzCWS51N R53N
18:03K6QCB10MHzCWS57N R53N
18:07N6PKT10MHzCWS53N R52N
18:11K6TUY10MHzCWS55N R55N
18:29NS7P14MHzCWS55N R55N
18:31WB7BWZ14MHzCWS52N R57N
18:33KX6I14MHzCWS2S W6/SC-460 S52N R55N
18:34W2NC14MHzCWS55N R55N
18:36WA6GFE14MHzCWS52N R55N
18:37KG6OKI14MHzCWS44N R42N
Looking back at the car below
I hate Mylar balloons
Trek up
The summit is past the next ridge
Typical views
This guy has a great blog
AD6VT and W6RT
Hiking down