Martin, WN6E, found this moderate hike to Mt Pinos so left very early to miss the Los Angeles rush hour traffic from our home’s. We took the well marked Frazier exit off the 5 freeway and continued to follow it into the mountains. The name changes to Cuddle Valley Road and continues to the Nordic Training Center parking lot (N34° 48.813 W119° 07.579). We posted our Adventure Pass in the window and started our hike. This is a moderate 501 foot elevation gain over the 1.9 mile walk. OK, the sign does say 2 miles at the bottom, however, we took a game trail short cut near the top. There was still lots of slippery ice on the trail today which we carefully avoided by walking in the snow or on the dirt around it. I used a few Geocache coordinates as way points along the way, however, we only looked for (and found) the big ammo can one at the summit.
The weather was ideal for the hike until we got to the top where the wind was blowing strongly with the moist clouds now pounding on us. We knew we had to do a quick activation and get down soon as the wind chill factor was significant. Our sincere THANKS to the chasers as the were on top of us even though we were early. Their SPOT’s got us some wonderful contacts. Once the pileups went away we packed up. KB6CIO contacts: AI6RE K6PRK WA6RIC AA7DK NA6MG K6TUY W6JP WB0USI AE9F WN6E contacts: AA5CK N4MJ WB5USB K7NEW N4EX K7BPA AA7DK NA6MG AE4FZ W4DOW K5WI KA5PVB W0MNA W0ERI W7CNL K6TUY KF7JQV KD5KC W6RIC N5DRG
Video showing the weather, wind, and clouds 2-10-2014 on Mount Pinos: https://picasaweb.google.com/rkliman/20140210MtPinosWeather#5979921120480963314
Youtube video for Mt. Pinos http://youtu.be/feYYwN50VjM for a better view.
73 from KB6CIO and WN6E