JANUARY 5, 2009 – Saddle Peak (East)

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?
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Because he found the cache, of course.

The few people who live up here have long trips up and down.
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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.
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A few hams and unlicensed people even served time in federal prison as a result.

The view from the top of Saddle Peak (East).
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Snow capped mountains & downtown Los Angeles in the same picture.

On the way down we saw “Ladyface Mountain” to the NW.
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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:
archive_vegMicro in a bush anyone? Happy New Year!!

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One Response to JANUARY 5, 2009 – Saddle Peak (East)

  1. Elin Carlson says:

    “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!!”
    HEE HEE…

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