W6/NC-209, Sierra Morena

Activation Date: 4 July 2017
Transport: Hike Distance: <1 mile
Elev. gain: 100ft Time: <30 minutes
Rig(s): FT-817, VX-2R Band(s): 40m, 20m SSB
Antenna(s): End-fed half-wave, MFJ Long-ranger
Cell Service: Decent (T-Mobile)
Parking: Free, roadside parking lot
Trailhead: Skeggs Point Parking Lot
Fees/Permits: None
Route: Fir Trail
Dogs: No  Toilet: No

I’ve put off doing this easy summit for quite a while, primarily because it’s “easy.” It’s a bit of a drive from my home, too, at around 45 minutes. But finally, on this 4th of July holiday, I decided I’d get this and a couple of other easy summits done.

I started from my house at around 0515, to make it to the trailhead as the sun was coming up. The timing couldn’t have been better. After a pleasant drive up the windy roads through the marine-layer clouds, I pulled into Skeggs Point Parking Lot and was immediately rewarded with a view of the rising sun over the clouds below. Continue reading →