W6/CT-120 – Smith Mountain

Smith Mountain has been on my list of summits to activate since I started with sota. I made an attempt to hike it the the previous year, but restrictions from the Bobcat fire were in place and the area was closed. The trailhead is easy to find; next to a pit toilet just off Hwy 39 above Azusa. From there the trail winds for three miles through beautiful canyons, gaining about 1,000 feet in elevation along the way. Once you hit the saddle, take a break because things are going to get steep. It took me some time to navigate the thick vegetation, rocks, and steep grade on this one, often finding a use trail but almost immediately loosing it. At the top, there was a benchmark and enough room to stretch out an EFHW antenna. Worked 20, 30, 40M CW and 2M FM with the HT. Coming down the mountain was a bit easier as I could locate the faint use trails a bit easier. Overall, this is a fun hike that’s accessible and close to the city. I’ll be visiting again in the future.


Total distance: 4.15 mi
Max elevation: 5013 ft
Total climbing: 3009 ft
Total time: 04:20:16
Download file: Smith_Mountain.gpx

Date:16/09/2022 | Summit:W6/CT-120 (Smith Mountain

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At the trailhead
Also, right by the trailhead
At the saddle looking up. This is pretty steep.
Typical trail
Looking back at Smith Mountain

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