SOTA activation of Lower Lytle Creek Ridge – W6/CT-147 on July 7, 2014

This was a joint activation with KB6CIO (Bob) and we started around 4:00am to avoid the summer heat on the hike to the summit. The hike from Shep Canyon to the summit starts right at the intersection of the two forest roads 3N31 and 2N56.


Hike to the summit above Lytle Creek


Forrest road intersection


Start of the hike – there is no trail just cross country to the summit


Morning mist not long after sunrise


On the way to the summit


Slowly the temperature increases


Lower Lytle Creek Ridge – W6/CT-147


Pine trees in a valley


Lytle Creek from the summit

The hike up is quite steep in the beginning so most of the elevation gain and cardio workout is right at the start. Due to the lack of a trail its a complete cross country hike not recommended during the afternoon heat in summer. The steep descent on the way back felt like surfing due to loose gravel on steep sections , just without the elegance of a surfer.


Operating site


Operating on 40m , 20m and FM

Operating on the summit was somehow hampered by technical problems but nevertheless the QSOs were fun and thanks to all the chasers coming back to my CQ.

Date:07/Jul/2014 Summit:W6/CT-147 (Lower Lytle Creek Ridge) Call Used:WN6E

Time Call Band Mode Notes
15:23z KN6CCW 144MHz FM 146.52 MHz
15:27z K6QCB 144MHz FM
15:36z W7RV 7MHz SSB 7.285 MHz
15:36z NA6MG 7MHz SSB
16:42z KI4SVM 14MHz SSB 14.285 MHz
16:43z WH6LE 14MHz SSB
16:44z NE4TN 14MHz SSB
16:44z W0MNA 14MHz SSB

73, WN6E