in October I will be travelling along some common tourist routes in California, Nevada and Arizona. My family will join me on this trip (I have to show them around ), so there won’t be as much time for SOTA as I’d like, but the opportunity to do a few quick activations in new associations would be too good to pass up.
Our (preliminary) route will take us from San Francisco along the coast to Santa Barbara, then through Death Valley to Las Vegas, via I-15 to Lake Powell, from there to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and finally to Los Angeles via US-66/I-40.
As there will be older family members who aren’t big hikers, I’m looking for recommendations on easy summits along the route. Here is my wishlist:
- Short hike (< 1 hour round trip) from where a rental car can take us
- Easy path with little elevation gain (say, 300 ft max.)
- Fence post or similar available on summit for quickly putting up an antenna pole
- Nice views or other attractions to keep the non-hams in good spirits are a plus
Any recommendations on summits that more or less fit these criteria would be very much appreciated. Of course also any other must-sees/must-dos that I may not have thought about
I’m looking forward to many QSOs with chasers (or maybe even activators!) I’d never have a chance to work during activations in Europe!