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Ascent of Blue Angels Peak on 1993-05-08

Climber: Vince Curry

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 8, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Angels Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4548 ft / 1386 m

Ascent Trip Report

Blue Angels Peak is the highest point in California's Imperial County. It lies in the very southwest corner of the county, only 1/8 mile from the Mexican border. The peak lies just west and adjacent to the Jacumba Wilderness Area, so designated as part of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994. A broad range, the Jacumbas are really a series of almost parallel ridges separating valleys, with each ridge successively lower than the next, forming a great staircase descending eastward from the into the Colorado Desert.

The terrain is rocky, dry, and desolate, a classic southern California desert landscape, with outstanding views in all directions. The hike from the parkinglot is only 5 miles roundtrip, making this an easy half day venture.

Blue Angels Peak is climbed far more often by illegal immigrants using it as a lookout point to avoid the US Border Patrol, than by citizens of the United States. It's original name was Smuggler's Peak (which is inscribed on one of the three USG markers found near the summit), testifying to this.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1338 ft / 407 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:North side
    Trailhead:Dirt road to the north  3210 ft / 978 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 



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