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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.

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Ground Track

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Mueller Tunnel was built in 1942 by the US Forest service,
serving as a gateway to the summit of Mount Lowe via a fire road still in
use today. Named after Professor Thaddeus S.C. Lowe, a civil war
aeronaut who built an incline railroad to its base in 1896,
Mount Lowe was a popular attraction for tourists at the
turn of the 20th century.

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Turn from road to up the trail here

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Summit Log

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A view from the top

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A view from the top

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KB6CIO station

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Bob, KB6CIO, operating

Date: 17/Mar/2014 Summit: W6/CT-019 (San Gabriel Peak) KB6CIO LOG: 

Time Call Band Mode Notes
18:32z K6CMG 144MHz FM 146.52 59/59
18:40z KN6CCW 144MHz FM 146.52 59/59 Redlands
18:41z NA6MG 144MHz FM 146.52 59/59
18:42z K6QCB 144MHz FM 146.52 59/59
18:47z K6TUY 144MHz FM 146.52 59/59
19:01z K6TUY 7MHz SSB Coordination contact
19:03z WA6RIC 7MHz SSB 7.285 59/54
19:03z W7RV 7MHz SSB 7.285 59/42
19:20z NE4TN 21MHz SSB 21.285 33/33
19:21z N4EX 21MHz SSB 21.285 44/43
19:22z W0MNA 21MHz SSB 21.285 55/33
19:23z K6TUY 21MHz SSB Coordination contact
19:40z VA7ZOO 21MHz SSB 21.285 44/53 Bill BC KX3 10w
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