Sunrise over Conejo Mountain (W6/SC-318), Peak 1,370′ (W6/SC-452) and Sandstone Peak (W6/CC-056) just off to the right
KG6MZS SUMMIT ACTIVATION
26 AUGUST 2021 W6/SC-381
This wasn’t a really well thought-out activation. Round Mountain rises above Channel Islands College — or what used to be the state mental hospital in Camarillo. I first hiked up Round Mountain on January 3, 1993 with Cassie, my late sister and her future husband, Don Crenshaw. I’d heard that the college is opening a trail to the summit but I wasn’t sure if it was actually open.
I parked just a little way down Portrero Road and just hiked up the hillside. I immediately came across some evidence of a prehistoric Chumash midden – shells and bones all over the ground. This area was once heavily populated by the Chumash for thousands of years.
I was distressed to find a lot of trash on the summit which I bagged up and carried down.
I only had my Kenwood TH-F6A with me and only made two contacts – Dave W3DRE mobile up in Santa Barbara and Doug K6DSB at his home in Santa Barbara. There is good cell coverage from Verizon.
The hike is a half mile long and goes up 500 feet. It starts up some deer trails to the notch between Round Mountain and a little bump to the west. From there it joins the trail that switchbacks up the mountain.