Frankish Peak was on my wish list for an activation for a long time. It poses several challenges a relatively remote location even it is close to Upland and San Antonio Heights, CA. The access through the Cucamonga Valley is not possible at the moment, so the only two options are the direct uphill approach from North Mountain Ave. in San Antonio Heights or via the Barrett Stoddard Truck Trail off the Mount Baldy Rd. which is a substantially longer hike.
So I choose the route starting from North Mountain Ave. It is an extreme steep approach and at some points climbing is required (between the marker Tough Ridge and Start of Tough Ridge as shown on the attached trail recording).
The hike is a constant steep uphill with only few breaks from steep inclinations. A good workout is guaranteed and you basically have to follow animal trails and do bushwhacking up to the summit. The only exception from bushwhacking is on some short stretches of fire road.
Between the two marked locations “Tough Ridge” the ridge trail has nearly vertical cliffs on both sides and some climbing is required.
Trailhead on left side of yellow gate
Uphill you go
During the whole hike and activation I was in the clouds with only a few sunny breaks.
Along the trail
More along the trail
Approaching “Tough Ridge” climbing section in the clouds
Above the clouds
On the way down
Thank you very much to all the contacts and especially Bob (KB6CIO) who spotted me during the activation.
Contacts from the summit:
Date: 21/Mar/2014 Summit:W6/CT-151 (Frankish Peak)
|17:44z||SV2CXI||24MHz||SSB||DX Greece, 24.973 MHz|
Thanks for the QSOs 73 and see you on the next summit,