Round Mountain

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.

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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