I had no problem driving up the dirt road in my 2wd Toyota pickup, but I was a little concerned due to the rain the last couple days. The road was in good shape. I recommend anyone driving this road to go slow, as there are many blind turns and steep drop offs. I came around one turn and nearly had a head on collision with three dirt bikes.
I was glad to see the gate was open (N 34 38.382 W 118 23.036). I was even more relieved when it was open on the way back down.
I continued on the road to the fork (N 34 38.541 W 118 24.269). Going right continues on 6N04. Left is 6N05. I went left to the top.
The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the road. On San Francisquito, I saw at least 15 PCT hikers today. They start in mid-April near the Mexican border.
I arrived at the top and set up the station. This was the first time I brought a chair.
No need for the poles as there were plenty of trees for the antenna.
There were some nice views from the top.
There were two geocaches within a short distance from the top.
While I was doing the activation, Roxy found the shade from a nearby tree and took a break.
After working 20m and 40m ssb, I tried cw (slowly) on 20m. Made a contact with Dan, NA6MG on W6/SD-068 for my first cw Summit to Summit. I will continue to work at cw after the ssb activation. If you contact me, please keep it at/below 10wpm with plenty of spacing, keeping the contact to call sign and signal report.
Thank you chasers for the contacts today!
20m - VA7JML, KA5PVB, NS7P, W0ERI, W0MNA, W7CNL, K8TE, WA2USA, W5ODS, W5MRM. W0CP
20m-cw- NA6MG (Summit to Summit)
40m - W7RV, K6TUY