Lucky you. BTW you don't smoke? Do you!
Was scape difficult?
Unfortunately 2N13 remains closed for past several years so I have had no chance geting up there. I have heard you can take your mountain bike and do the last 3 miles that is now closed to cars, by bike or hiking. Better yet I am looking forward to see road becoming open this summer.
BTW are you spending large amount of time in Big Bear?
I hiked to the tower from nearby Crafts Peak. I spent a little time visiting with the volunteer who was working there that day, then hiked back to my car that was parked near Crafts. As I drove back down the mountains, somewhere around Crestline is when I saw the smoke that turned out to be the beginning of the fire.
I used to spend a lot more time in that area years ago, but not so much now. Last time I was in the Big Bear area was in September of last year when I rented a cabin in Boulder Bay for a night.