The mountain is a birthplace of mountain biking and had been mentioned in The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac - the book made me fall in love and eventually move in with California.
Also this is the place where apes from Dawn of the planet of the Apes live.
There is a long winding road climbing from Fairfax via Alpine lake. If you start early you’ll have a chance to see fog boiling in the lake valley.
As with Mt. Diablo you can drive up almost to the summit. The mountain has three peaks and parking is close to Eastern peak with a fire lookout.
Mount Tamalpais SOTA activation
There is not much space around the fire lookout but I was able to tie my dipole to the rocks “wrapping” the building. Suboptimal given all this barbed wire and rebars interfering with the antenna but it worked ok.
Stations worked from W6/CC-063
20 meter band had been extremely noisy, had to QSY to 40 meters.
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Hiking the loop
My plan was to work HF from the Eastern summit and hike a clockwise loop East Ridgecrest Blvd => Arturo trail => Upper Northside trail => Parking visiting two remaining peaks because SOTA with no hike is not fun. AA6XA wrote in his blog post the correct peak to activate is the Western one. I would say the difference in height is negligible but there is an abandoned base of 666th Radar Squadron and an active FAA radar installation on the Western peak. I decided to keep out and activate from the Eastern peak instead.
There are picnic tables in the shade near parking - perfect place for a break!
On the way back you can watch the Sun setting behind Farallon islands and see whales if the season is right. Majestic!
See you next time! 73 K0SSK out.