Cerro Negro Benchmark & Flint Peak

The Winter Solstice – 21 DECEMBER 2020. W6/CT-225 & 226

These two short hikes are easily done in a few hours. I picked the shortest day of the year to do them – The winter solstice. The Santa Ana winds had petered out and left the Los Angeles Basin sparklingly clear, calm and warm. That’s San Jacinto Peak and Santiago Peak in the sunrise photo above.

The hike up to the Cerro Negro benchmark starts at the Ridge Motorway right next to 2564 Flintridge Drive in Glendale. The hike is about a third of a mile and goes up about 200′

The hike up to Flint Peak starts on a trail next to 1001 Marengo Drive in Glendale. It would appear that there is a shorter hike from the end of Glenoaks Boulevard but there is a fence and “Private Property, No Trespassing” signs block that route. This hike is about .75 miles and climbs a mere 450′.

I easily made the required contacts on 2m FM very early on a Monday morning as the summits afford a wide view of the Los Angeles Basin.

Sunrise at Cerro Negro with Verdugo Mountain in the background. There is a nice bench to operate on
The Glendale neighborhood with downtown Los Angeles, Palos Verdes and Santa Catalina Island in the background
The view from Flint Peak
Operating on Flint
The Griffith Planetarium with Century City and Westwood Behind

Published by wringmaster

I'm a graphic artist in the movie business. When I was a kid I got interested in astronomy. When it would get too cloudy to observe the heavens, my buddy and I would sit at the VFO of his Hallicrafters S 38c like safe crackers trying to coax faraway signals out of that humble radio. My love of astronomy and radio survive to this day fifty+ years later.

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