Keller Peak

Keller Peak fire lookout tower

17 APRIL 2021 W6/CT-013

My older brother Mark and I headed up into the San Bernardino mountains on a fine clear Saturday with the idea of spending the night in Big Bear and activating Arctic Point Sunday. As we drove across the San Bernardino Valley we noticed cumulus clouds starting to form over San Gorgonio Peak.

Since check-in time at our AirBnB was 3:00 PM we had a little time to kill, so I thought we might see if the road to Keller Peak was open. We were surprised to find that despite a few patches of snow on the ground along the way, the road was open to the summit.

I grabbed the Kenwood TH-F6A and the roll-up slim jim and we hoofed it the hundred yards or so to the summit from the parking area. The view from the top of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Ana Mountains and Gorgonio was terrific. I quickly made 9 contacts from Valley Center to Long Beach and Torrance and even one out to Tehachapi

Brother Mark “hiking” down from the summit
The San Gabriel Mountains. SOTA summits Cucamonga, Timber, Telegraph, San Antonio, Dawson, Pine and Baden-Powell
Santiago and Modjeska Peaks with our snow shower overhead
Anderson Peak
Lake Arrowhead with the Pinnacles to the right.

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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