Sunrise on the Roof of the Santa Monica Mountains: Boney Ridge and the mis-named Sandstone Peak
25 MARCH 2022 W6/SC-219
I was unable to get out and do a SOTA summit the previous weekend and I desperately needed my SOTA fix. As I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway in the dark before dawn I was met with dense fog in places.
At the roadhead I encountered a swarm of mosquitoes but as I started out, they were left behind. My last trip up Triunfo was a battle against the wind. This morning was very pleasant and mild with only light breezes.
I got to the summit just after sunrise. This is an easy half mile hike up a well graded trail that follows the old service road cut. The view of Boney Mountain is unparalleled as seen in the photo above. I set up the full doublet but band conditions weren’t great into the eastern United States. I did manage to get Christian F4WBN on 15m but that band was too long for this country. Ron K6RIN alerted me that he was headed up 1,821′ (CT-228) so I hung out until we could manage the S2S. Thanks Ron!