Ascent of Blue Angels Peak on 2015-02-16
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, February 16, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
|Peak:||Blue Angels Peak|
| Elevation:||4548 ft / 1386 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI had been here before in November, 2013, but we were rushed for time and we only climbed the northernmost of the three peaks of Blue Angels. To be sure I could claim this county high point I wanted to return and visit all the contenders.
I coaxed my 2WD but high-clearance rented Chevy Traverse up the rough road pretty far, to a pullout at 3740 feet. Only a few bottom scrapes. I hiked the road towards the "Prospect" on the map, and took a non-standard southerly swing across the desert towards the boundary monument. The only real obstacle is the dangerous cholla cactus, which needs a wide berth. Otherwise the terrain is a mixture of sand, grass, and gentle bushes.
The monument is a nice place for a photo op (and a technically illegal hop into Mexico and back). From there I climbed up the southernmost US summit on the ridge, which is clearly lower then the next one to the north. I then went to the middle peak, marked by a sandstone arch cave on its north side. This one, with a tree-crested high rock, does seem like the highest.
The climbing along the crest is mostly class 2 or 3 on giant boulders. I made my way to the northern summit, with the benchmarks, which I recalled from my last trip. Satisfied, I decided to return by dropping straight down to the NE from the peak to the road below. While not too bad, I don't recommend this route, due to steepness and tricky scrambling.
From the road it was an easy jaunt back to the car. Overall, a very scenic and easily accessible area and worth a repeat visit even if you don't have peakbagger OCD like I do. I was back at the car by 9 AM and did not see a soul on my entire hike, neither border crossers, hikers, or border agents. On the drive down I did see the latter two groups, though.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1018 ft / 309 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1018 ft / 310 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.6 mi / 5.9 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 3|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||858 ft / 261 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 808 ft / 247 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m|
| Loss on way in:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Distance:||2.1 mi / 3.4 km|
| Start Trailhead:||3740 ft / 1139 m|
| Time:||1 Hours |
| Loss on way out:||968 ft / 295 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 808 ft / 247 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m|
| Gain on way out:||160 ft / 48 m|
| Distance:||1.5 mi / 2.5 km|
| End Trailhead:||3740 ft / 1139 m|
| Time:||45 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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