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We started early for what was supposed to be a quick and easy 4X4 drive up to Butler Peak W6/CT-009 at 2601m (8533ft). Having information from a prior post to the SOTA site and a Geocache at the summit this should have been a slam dunk. We arrived at the ideal turn off to 2N13 at the 34.279666, -116.961702 from Rim of the World Drive to find a locked gate and signs telling us the road and look out was closed. According to their website the night before there was no closure. Since we sort of had an indication on a simple map of the road around a back way we decided to take the extra 20+ mile drive. This was at times a hard core 4X4 trail which even included a 40 foot wide water crossing. Signage along the 2N68 / Snow Slide road was elusive at best. Martin, WN6E, has an excellent sense of direction and equally good driving skills that kept us on track. As we got close to the Butler Road turn off we found some hikers with their dogs. Each of them ask if we came over that really tough road 2N54? After admitting that they both told us about the way out via the other end of 2N13 which goes to Grass Valley Road. Neither was sure if the logging operations had the road to Butler closed. We took a chance and continued toward the Summit. Luck was on our side and we finally arrived at the Look Out about 3 hours later than planned. We took the trail to the lookout with our hand held’s and did a quick activation. We regret that we no longer had time for an HF operation – we intend to return.  We departed toward Grass Valley Road and took note of the way point at N34° 14.634 W117° 04.071 where 2N13 enters the paved road. Continuing down Grass Valley road takes you past a delightful view of the quaint city and lake before you turn on Highway 18.

Some video’s will be posted for 1 year at: Butler Peak Drive Video’s 

Also take a look at Martin’s Blog as he may post information about this adventure.

Date: 02/Sep/2014 Summit: W6/CT-009 Butler Peak Call Used: KB6CIO

Time Call Band Mode Notes
18:07z K6QCB 144MHz FM 146.52 Jeff RANCHO CUCAMONGA
18:09z KW6ACK 144MHz FM Ducky Anahiem
18:11z KN6CCW 144MHz FM Ken Redlands
18:15z KJ6KHF 144MHz FM Frank Beaumont
18:35z WA6YPE 144MHz FM Bill NEWBERRY SPRINGS
18:38z KK6HUB 144MHz FM Bob Big Bear City

A few pictures of our activation:

Water Crossing

Water Crossing

Logging operations on the road.

Logging operations on the road.

Logging operations on the road.

Logging operations on the road.

Trail to lookout 300ft up

Trail to lookout 300ft up

Butler Peak Lookout

Butler Peak Lookout

Butler Peak Lookout

Butler Peak Lookout

 

 

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