W6/NC-165 Hood Mountain (833m)

Stef and I went to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (parking in the state park costs $8, which you slide into an envelope and box) on September 3 for another activation: a 7.5-mile round trip hike ending on Hood Mountain (833m, 2pts) along Goodspeed Trail. The hike started easy enough, with about 300m of elevation gain for the first 2.1 miles up to the border with Hood Mountain Regional Park. Nattkemper Bench sits at the border with a beautiful view of the Sonoma valley. It was a good thing that we rested here, because the next 1.3 miles were a surprisingly strenuous series of switchbacks and climbs. Mercifully, this second half of the trail had ample tree cover.

Once we made it to Mount Hood, the end-fed wire went up and I got to work on 20m CW. After 6 quick QSOs, I switched to 2m FM with the Yagi and got a couple more QSOs: a summit-to-summit with KB1KXL on Mount Diablo (W6/CC-045), and another with KO6PS who has chased me for 46% of my activations.

Since there were no views from Mount Hood, we stopped by Gunsight Rock on the way down and were not disappointed!

Here’s a video that shows some of the sights on the hike as well as a QSO with N4MJ. You’ll be able to hear a sample of my poor (but improving) mobile CW skills.

Thanks to all the chasers!




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