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Ascent of Blue Angels Peak on 2012-11-23

Climber: Gene Mattos

Others in Party:Patrick Kao
Date:Friday, November 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blue Angels Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:4548 ft / 1386 m

Ascent Trip Report

We had quite an interesting night before the hike. On Thanksgiving, we had just finished hiking the highpoint of Orange county, and headed down south. It was already dark once we got there and stopped at the parking area off Highway 8. Wanting to camp farther from the noise of the freeway, we decided to drive around and look for a decent spot. Driving in the dark, we hit a few dead-ends and had to turn around a couple times. After the second time, we see lights behind us. Low and behold, here comes the Border Patrol.

The agent was very nice and helpful. Apparently the SWAT team was operating in the area that night expecting some mules to be crossing the border. We didn't see them, but they probably already saw us. The agent recommended we camp by the parking area and then even showed us around the area, pointing out the home of a UFO enthusiast.

In the morning we headed west and south along dirt road, passing the gate and the “shooting range” with a bed of shotgun shells and various electronics used as targets (Office Space anyone?). The trail goes south down to the border and then east along it. Eventually you will end up seeing three peaks on the north side of the border. You will have to bushwhack/climb your way to them. We went for the southern-most one first, and quickly realized it wasn't the highpoint. The highpoint is actually the northern one of the three, and that's the one that has three USGS benchmarks on it.

On the way there were a lot of immigrant artifacts, including two backpacks with clean clothes and Mexican toothpaste, which we hypothesize were left behind as the owners were being arrested.
We also saw half a dozen Wranglers off-roading on the trails, which was really cool to see.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear



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