Martin, WN6E, and I parked at Eaton Saddle which is a large turn out at the intersection of Mt Wilson Red Box Road and Mt Lowe Road (34.23946, -118.09340 or N 34° 14.368 W 118° 05.604). This was the beginning of a 1.8 miles hike which started at 5,070 ft and ended at 6162 ft. The initial part of the hike is up an old fire road which goes through the Mueller Tunnel which was build by the US Forest Service in 1942. The area has experienced many rock slides over the years. The steep, rocky terrain above the tunnel and fire road remain unstable. You turn to the right off the road and start up a San Gabriel Peak Trail at the water tank (34.23932 -118.0994 or N34 14.359 W118 05.964). This trail winds its way up to another turning point at a T in the road (34.244681, -118.101607 or N 34° 14.681 W 118° 06.096). From here you proceed up the steep, but short, summit trail to the right. Don’t go to the left or you will end up at the old Nike base and some communications towers. For those that are interested there are currently two Geocaches along the way and a Summit Log. We set up our radios with a fair amount of separation which worked well to reduce interference. Propagation was difficult yet the wonderful Chasers were there to pull us out.
Martin, WN6E, has an excellent posting of this trip at WaveTraveler Blog.
Date: 17/Mar/2014 Summit: W6/CT-019 (San Gabriel Peak) KB6CIO LOG:
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|19:40z||VA7ZOO||21MHz||SSB||21.285 44/53 Bill BC KX3 10w|