San Diego 5 Peak Challenge and SOTA Activation of Cowles Mtn W6/SC-335

We did this 15mi, +4000’ elevation change hike with the SDOE Meetup group. we met at the Mission Trails dirt parking lot, then made our way to the Mission Dam. We climbed North & South Fortuna first, then returned to the Dam and climbed Kwaay Paay Peak. Took a lunch break then drove to the Barker Way Trail Head and climbed Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak. Made 4 QSO’s (radio contacts) on Cowles Mountain (W6/-SC-335) for 1 SOTA (Summits On The Air) Activation point, with the 6W Anytone 878 and Arrow II 140-3 3 element yagi with KB1HQS hiking pole modification.


#1 & #2: North & South Fortuna from Mission Dam: Old Mission Dam to North and South Fortuna, California - 1,505 Reviews, Map | AllTrails

#3 Kwaay Paay from Mission Dam: Kwaay Paay Peak Trail, California - 8,879 Reviews, Map | AllTrails

#4 & #5: Cowles Mtn & Pyles Peak: Cowles Mountain from Barker Way, California - 2,407 Reviews, Map | AllTrails