Here’s the station on this first-ever activation of W0C/RG-154 and my first Colorado Summit
12 FEBRUARY 2022 W0C/RG-154
It had snowed the night before in the Taos Valley and the roads in the area were a bit slick before dawn. I left for Colorado across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and headed up Highway 285 as the sun was coming up. There was very little traffic and hardly any snow as I made my way north. I saw a bald eagle in a lone pine tree just after Tres Piedras.
The BLM dirt road off of Colorado Highway 142 is excellent and a passenger vehicle could easily make it to the roadhead. There are markers at this point that motor vehicles are no longer allowed.
The trail follows an old 4×4 track around and up a ravine. There are several places where I chose to avoid elevation loss and contour around to the right. The bushwacking isn’t too bad among the piñon forest that gives this mountain its name.
The hike is over two and a half miles and gains about 1,400 feet. There was over a foot of snow by the time I made the summit ridge. The various odd-shaped volcanic detritus buried in this snow made each step an adventure.
The summit has a spectacular view of the San Luis Valley and the Sangre de Christo Mountains. The register went back to November 10, 2005. The last entry was November 19, 2021.
There was solid service from Verizon
For reference here is roughly the 4×4 route follows
After calling my first CQ I heard my most faithful chaser, Jon K6LDQ. Unfortunately he couldn’t seem to hear me. I did get a call from AE1MS and AE1JS on Marsen Knob in Georgia. I also heard from my home QTH and a POTA caller KD6NFD in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area