W6/SD-074 – Chariot Mountain

Chariot Mountain was the second of two summits I completed while camping at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park with the So. Cal SOTA group. Before the event N6MTB published a route from camp to the summit of Chariot. At that point my mind was made up, this is what I was going to do. After a quick breakfast, I jumped on the bike and headed up the mountain.

The ride was awesome, starting with some single track right at the camp, then into more single track through a meadow, to a fire road, to more single track through another meadow. Oh, weather was perfect too! Near the end of the fun stuff there is a big downhill over a fire road which leads to the bottom of Chariot. This wasn’t going to be fun climbing up! Once at the bottom, I realized there isn’t a trail up to the top! The summit is also guarded by thick pokey bushes. I stashed my bike, gathered my stuff and started the painful bushwhack to the top.

Since I didn’t have a backpack, I was hand carrying everything I couldn’t fit onto my pockets. Unfortunately, my Yaesu HT was clipped to my pocket and disappeared somewhere in the brush. I was never going to find it. After attempting to backtrack my exact route for 15 minutes or so, I heard a radios squelch crack open – Ara was on a summit, and I was able to locate my radio about 30 feet away from where I was standing. I would have never found it otherwise!

I now had to backtrack through the brush again. My skin was starting to feel ‘raw’ from all the scratches. I wasn’t having a good time. Fortunately, the higher you go, the thinner the brush, and near the top, there isn’t any brush! Once on the actual summit, I signed the register and pulled out my KH1 with the whip. Worked 15, 17, and 20M, then 2M FM. After exhausting all the chasers I started my decent through the brush once again.

Back at the road it took me a minute to find my bike and pack all my stuff up for the ride back to camp. That big uphill wasn’t so bad and before I knew it I was back riding through the various meadows on single track. I chose not to take the exact route back, which was rad because I ran into Bill and Drew on the main road and rode with them back to camp on a different trail. What a rad day!


Total distance: 22.61 mi
Max elevation: 4946 ft
Total climbing: 2584 ft
Total time: 06:18:17
Download file: W6_SD_074.gpx

Date:27/04/2024 |  Summit:W6/SD-074 (Chariot Mountain) 

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19:16KD7DTS144MHzFMS59 R59
19:17WO6JO144MHzFMS59 R59 S2S W6/CC-014
19:18N6AN144MHzFMS59 R59 S2S W6/CC-014
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19:38W7TMD21MHzCWS57N R599
19:42N7KRN21MHzCWS52N R53N
19:44KC1NDQ21MHzCWS52N R33N
19:48KI5JG18MHzCWS52N R55N
19:50WU7H18MHzCWS52N R53N S2S W7W/CH-241
19:52WW7D18MHzCWS52N R51N S2S W7W/CH-241
19:53NU7A18MHzCWS57N R33N
20:00N1SMB14MHzCWS42N R55N S2S W6/SC-335
20:03W6LOR14MHzCWS53N R52N S2S W6/CT-268
Stashed my bike here
Back at camp, that’s Buck, Bill, and myself.