Ascent of Blue Angels Peak on 2016-10-23

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

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 Report

Enterprise 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
Ascent Statistics
    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
Descent Statistics
    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:
1Blue Angels Peak2016-10-23 c1634 ft / 498 m
2Boundary Monument 2312016-10-23 d 
Total Trip Gain: 1634 ft / 498 m    Total Trip Loss: 1634 ft / 498 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick Bergeron
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