Ascent of Blue Angels Peak on 2018-07-20

Climber: Marcus Lostracco

Date:Friday, July 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blue Angels Peak
    Elevation:4548 ft / 1386 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my 3rd time here since the prior 2 times I had not reached the actual summit of Blue Angel's Peak - this time I was determined to do it! I got started pretty much as the sun was setting. Heavy Border Patrol presence. I went up the main road (helicopter flew super low over me) and took the second left and followed that, sticking left until it became a faint trail. There are actually small cairns on this as it makes it's way to the slope leading to Blue Angel's Peak - which is actually a dual summit. I went over to the border monument #231 first to check that out. Requires jumping "the wall" - a tiny barbed wire fence. From there I went up to Blue Angel's Peak - I went to the summit that has the shrub on top. However, according to Peakbagger, this is not the true summit! I was certain it was higher than its neighbor summit. Maybe I'll have to return for a 4th time!!

I ran back down the trail and was back to my car in no time. Border Patrol were making their descent (4 trucks). One pulled up next to me - I rolled down my window to speak with him, expected to get some questions. Instead, the guy said "Hey I just want to let you know you're my hero". What?? I guess they were watching me run around up there! Very interesting area but I always seem to end up there after sunset!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1600 ft / 487 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Valley of the Moon
    Trailhead:Old Highway 80  2948 ft / 898 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Windy summer night hike
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Marcus Lostracco
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