For today’s outing I headed out to Corte Madera (W6/CC-026 - Corte Madera Mountain) and Los Pinos (W6/SC-048 - Los Pinos Mountain). I was wheels up just after 7AM and the forecast was for warm weather due to a slight santa ana but it was very nice day but dry as hell. My hands look like dry corks. I did these two peaks last year and enjoyed them both (one day at a time). Corte Madera is a nice hike, not too difficult and if you want, you can drive almost all the way to the top of Los Pinos. I drove up to los Pinos last year. When I parked it was still snowing. This year I decided to hike up the north side on the way back from Corte Madera. I kept looking at the trail up under the power lines and geez, it’s not too far. Hmmmm, it’s always farther than it looks. I did chart it so actually knew it was 1.4 miles (see the blue line on this chart). The road up was very steep which I expected. When it connected with the road it was less steep.
I had at one point toyed with the idea of driving up to Los Pinos and then use the road down to the trail to Corte Madera. I really needed the hike since I hadn’t been able to ride my bike this past week so I skipped that. Also, I wasn’t so sure I had the clearance needed. All of that is irrelevant since the road was closed.
I decided to shoot some video this trip (below) but if you are interested in the more text description, search this BLOG and you should find two separate posts. The Corte Madera hike still ranks as one of my favorites for my hikes in this area. Today’s hike racked up 10.2 miles and 2,362 feet of elevation gain. I definitely satisfied my urge to hike today.
● Yaesu FT-891D HF Radio at 100 watts
● 30’ of coax feed line
● 3 L of water (8 lb)
● SOTA Dog
● iPhone with All Trails, MotionX GPS and sota goat
● MFJ-939Y auto antenna tuner for 891
● Trekking poles
● Extra LiFePO Battery
● AnyTone AT-868UV DMR radio for testing.
● Delorme Inreach satellite tracker and communicator.