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

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