Triunfo Lookout x3

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!

The station with the doublet set up.
Santiago Peak and Buzzard’s Roost
Clark’s Peak, La Jolla Peak, Santa Cruz Island and Boney Ridge.
Santa Catalina Island

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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