Ascent of Blue Angels Peak on 2018-09-29

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Jimmy Kuhn
Date:Saturday, September 29, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blue Angels Peak
    Elevation:4548 ft / 1386 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jimmy and I slept by the kiosk just off of the 8. It was very tough to get our tent stakes into the ground here. There was a moderate breeze and it wasn't too hot to get in my sleeping bag. In the morning we decided to not take his Elantra up the road since it was reported to be very rough. We began walking on fresh gravel, which turned into textured pavement most of the way up the switchbacks until the road flattened out. We realized that a passenger car could have made this, with only one rocky section being a little questionable. There was a place to park one car just below it, so those in a hurry should consider this option for shortening the hike. Once over the rise, we took a right at the first three-way intersection, then left at the next. We soon found a use trail off to the left and took that, and it turned out to just be a short cut and brought us back onto a road. We avoided a basin that had a fire ring in it. Next we took a right at an intersection avoiding what we thought was a lookout point on a dead end road. That is actually the way I'd recommend going, though. We realized that we were just heading south and not getting closer to the peak. Once we crested a hill and began turning east, we broke from the road and followed a drainage up the west side of the peak. We found a use trail half way up and took that to a lookout point just north of the peak. From there it was only a minute more and we were on the summit with the benchmark after a class 3 move. We could see the border monument to the south and lots of wind turbines. Indeed, it was blowing hard out of the southeast.

On the way down we dropped off the north face, but realized that this was difficult travel, and wrapped around to the northwest to find another use trail. We found one, but did have to regain some elevation to get back to the dead end lookout point. We saw some interesting things in the hills like a concrete block structure and a truck topper strategically placed on a slope. Back just above the paved hill, we passed two women backing up their SUV for some unknown reason. They could have easily driven further... We got back in good time, and never encountered border patrol like we expected to.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1828 ft / 557 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1828 ft / 556 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1598 ft / 487 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1393 ft / 425 m; Extra: 205 ft / 62m
    Loss on way in:205 ft / 62 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Start Trailhead:BLM Kiosk  3155 ft / 961 m
    Time:1 Hours 6 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1623 ft / 494 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1393 ft / 425 m; Extra: 230 ft / 70m
    Gain on way out:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    End Trailhead:BLM Kiosk  3155 ft / 961 m
    Time:57 Minutes

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