Ascent of Blue Angels Peak on 2020-01-16
|Date:||Thursday, January 16, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Blue Angels Peak|
| Elevation:||4548 ft / 1386 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMy friend and I slept in our vehicles at Valley of the Moon Trailhead the night prior, he in his car and I in the back of my rental pickup. Due to my late flight I did not arrive at the trailhead until well after midnight. Border patrol did on a couple occasions make their presence known but did not verbally engage us. We woke up shortly after sunrise and prepared a leisurely breakfast with much-needed coffee.
I'd rented a high-clearance pickup, so we were able to drive a pretty good distance up the road. Neither my friend nor I had ever seen roads quite like this, with occasional blacktop separated by long stretches of deeply-rutted road. (The blacktop, we soon realized, was to prevent established culverts from washing out). Eventually the road got rough enough even for the truck so we had to park. Not much farther up the road, we came upon a couple of fairly well-established campsites with a fire pit. It looks like this is a popular area for cragging.
The road petered out about 2/3 mile after the saddle where we parked, and there was a fairly well-estabished footpath from there that faded in and out. Still the summit area was pretty obvious.
We first headed to the border where a tall obelisk demarcates the line just beyond a barbed-wire fence that at this point would not keep out cattle. From there we hit the three contenders for the summit. Eyeballing it, we both felt the 3rd and final bump to the north is the highest point. This is also where the benchmark and summit register can be found. Very near the 3rd bump, I'd come upon a couple empty water bottles and, as I usually do with trash, picked them up and shoved them in my pack. A few yards later, in cracks between boulders that make up the 3rd bump, we came upon a larger cache of plastic bottles, some empty and some full. At this point I took out the bottles I had shoved in my pack and placed them with the rest of the cache. Wherever one stands on the discussion of immigration, fellow sojourners in the desert deserve the compassion of a cold cup of water.
For what it is worth we did not see another soul from the moment we left Valley of the Moon Trailhead -- border patrol, climber/hiker, or otherwise -- though of course I-8 traffic was within view for much of those first couple miles driving up the road.
This area is exceptionally beautiful, and we enjoyed the rest of the day checking out the beauty and oddities of Anza-Borrego and Salton Sea.
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| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
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