I continued my 18 year streak of hiking locally on New Year’s Day. This year I hiked to Saddle Peak (East) for the first time ever, with my geo-friends Mr. & Mrs. robb_dogg and Don_J. We started at an easy to miss trailhead at:
N 34° 05.161 / W 118° 39.595
Coincidentally (or not), this is the trailhead for the final cache of the Backbone Trail (BBT) challenge: Spinal Tap. We went up the switchback filled trail and made it to the top without encountering any mud.
Why is Robb cheering?
Because he found the cache, of course.
The few people who live up here have long trips up and down.
We were unhappy with muggle “AMIR” who etched his name and
“12-30-08” in large letters into the pristine sandstone nearby.
Saddle Peak (West): That’s a huge antenna farm. Many legendary ham radio battles were relayed through there in the 1990’s.
A few hams and unlicensed people even served time in federal prison as a result.
The view from the top of Saddle Peak (East).
Snow capped mountains & downtown Los Angeles in the same picture.
On the way down we saw “Ladyface Mountain” to the NW.
Getting to the top there and caching along the ridge is an epic hike worthy of its own blog report.
After reaching our cars we found a few more drive-and-hike caches nearby. I found 10 caches for the day. If I could do that EVERY DAY I’d finish 2009 with 3,650 finds, and STILL fall further behind EMC. blah!!
From the dweebian archive:
Micro in a bush anyone? Happy New Year!!