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This post is dedicated to Brita who incidentally provided a key element, a free parking pass for the State Park. We parked at Paso Picacho Campground (N32° 57.611 W116° 34.815 equivalent to 32.96018 -116.58025) in the Picnic area near the restrooms. The parking is currently $8. You take Highway 79 to get here. We came from the Brea, Ca area and had a lot of traffic so this was a very late start for us. You walk out of the campground across the street to a prominent sign pointing you up the trail. Periodically along the trail there are additional signs and plaques at points of interest. It is a well groomed trail about 2 feet wide with no dogs or bicycles allowed. Even on a week day it is very popular for hikers. This is a gradual up hill hike gaining 781 feet from an altitude of 4911 ft to 5685 ft for 2.1 miles per my GPS. There are many switch backs in the trail so the elevation gain is gradual. In some places there is enough new growth of vegetation so that there is a bit of shade on the trail. There were several Geocaches to find giving us way points along the route. The last few hundred feet is a rock walk with rock stairs and hand rails to the top. The peak is probably only a 20′ x 20′ area with a hand rail around it. There are signs telling you what you are viewing. The weather was excellent for a shirt only day so our jackets were stowed in our packs. We took plenty of water and snacks so we could have a casual operation.

Most bands had moderately good conditions. OK, I must brag as we even got some DX up there. What a rare treat. Our contacts were spread out on different bands to eliminate interference with each other. Our initial SPOT was so kindly placed by my first contact W4MPS. APRS coverage on the top was excellent except for the fact that I put out a SPOT for the wrong summit at one point. Later WA6RIC rescued me by correcting the summit information. The Chasers were just GREAT!!! They even relayed back to us that Martin had a technical problem. With this feedback he was able to detect and eliminate the issue.

Please see the WN6E Martin Blog (click here) for additional information and pictures.

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State Parking Pass

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Ground Track

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Well marked

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Martin with a view of the summit

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Bob KB6CIO at the “Bench” Geocache

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One of the signs along the trail.

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You are really close now

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From the Peak

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From the Peak

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From the Peak

KB6CIO LOG: Date:25/Mar/2014 Summit:W6/SC-029 (Stonewall Peak) Call Used:KB6CIO Points: 6

Time Call Band Mode Notes
19:02z W4MPS 24MHz SSB 24.960 59/55 He did a SPOT for both of us. Awesome Guy!
19:06z K5WLT 24MHz SSB 55/44
19:06z N4EX 24MHz SSB 33/54
19:07z W0MNA 24MHz SSB 44/55
19:09z W0ERI 24MHz SSB 44/55
19:09z AJ5C 24MHz SSB 59/57
19:19z N7UN 24MHz SSB 57/44
19:20z KF7JQV 24MHz SSB 59/59
19:32z N5KDZ 18MHz SSB 18.130 Bill was 59+10
19:47z W7RV 7MHz SSB 7.285 He was 59+60/I was 54
19:48z N6JZT 7MHz SSB 55/33
19:48z WA6RIC 7MHz SSB Rick rescued us again. I had wrong summit on my SPOT. 59/55
19:55z N7AMA 7MHz SSB 59
20:10z HK0/UA4WHX 21MHz SSB 21.285 DX San Andres Islands 59/57 on KX3 5 watts
20:16z FO4BM 28MHz SSB 28.520 DX French Polynesia on KX3 5 watts

73, and THANK you to all the Chasers who made our adventure worth doing!

 

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