Ascent of Blue Angels Peak on 2016-10-23
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, October 23, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
|Peak:||Blue Angels Peak|
| Elevation:||4548 ft / 1386 m|
Ascent Trip ReportEnterprise had hooked me up with a brand spanking new 2017 Ford Escape with 7+ inches of ground clearance that I was able to take part-way up the road (32.63954, -116.10141, as seen from above). Any farther than that would require 4WD because the road gets very gnarly before the next turn-out.
A bit of rain had been forecasted for the afternoon. It never came. (Duh, this is the desert?) Instead, I was treated to clear skies and surprisingly hot temps, reaching the high 80s. Not long after I left the SUV did a gang of jeeps come barreling past me, gifting me with clouds of dust. Yay. The last guy in their caravan stopped and chatted with me for a bit. They were all part of a San Diego 4WD club that does a trip each weekend. I didn't really care; I just wanted them to be gone so I could stop inhaling dust.
Most of the route up to Blue Angels follows a confusing collection of 4WD roads. The remainder of the route consists of unmaintained trails that could be very easily missed if you're not looking for them. I somehow managed to stay on them the whole time, so my track here should be a helpful reference.
More photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1634 ft / 497 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1634 ft / 497 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5 mi / 8 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||1484 ft / 452 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1238 ft / 378 m; Extra: 246 ft / 74m|
| Loss on way in:||246 ft / 74 m|
| Distance:||2.4 mi / 3.9 km|
| Start Trailhead:||3310 ft / 1008 m|
| Time:||48 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1388 ft / 423 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 1238 ft / 378 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m|
| Gain on way out:||150 ft / 45 m|
| Distance:||2.6 mi / 4.2 km|
| Route:||Boundary Monument; XC|
| End Trailhead:||3310 ft / 1008 m|
| Time:||52 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: BlueAngelsPk.201610|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1634 ft / 498 m Total Trip Loss: 1634 ft / 498 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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