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.
KB6CIO LOG: Date:25/Mar/2014 Summit:W6/SC-029 (Stonewall Peak) Call Used:KB6CIO Points: 6
|19:02z||W4MPS||24MHz||SSB||24.960 59/55 He did a SPOT for both of us. Awesome Guy!|
|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||WA6RIC||7MHz||SSB||Rick rescued us again. I had wrong summit on my SPOT. 59/55|
|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!