For this SOTA activation (summited April 4, 2015), we went to the tiny (156-acre) Fremont Peak State Park near San Juan Bautista to climb Fremont Peak. The road to the park entrance wound through the Gabilan mountains and offered scenic views of the surrounding valleys and oak groves. Once we finally made it to the park entrance, we were a half-mile hike from the summit with 300 feet to climb. The summit is at an elevation of 3173′ and is worth two points upon successful activation.
There were many lizards on the hike, including the famous five-lined skink. It’s a good trail for lizard watching, but unfortunately I did not get any good wildlife pictures with my crummy smartphone camera. Just imagine the above scene with dozens of lizards running around.
We reached the summit after a very short hike.
This flagpole evidently commemorates the first time the United States flag was flown over California, here on Fremont Peak (named for the US general who raised the flag).
Again, I used my Yaesu FT-60R with a handheld 3-element 2m Yagi. This was a quiet activation, but I managed to make the four required QSOs with some more time for ragchew than usual.
2m QSOs: WD6DWP, KK6IQY, W6IIQ, KM6IKE.