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JonodoSmugglers Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2014

Jonodo

Nice quick hike on a hot day. Didn't see anyone else other than the Border Patrol watching my return. Kids and Dad went to the desert tower while I hiked.
Posted Apr 18, 2014 6:45 pm

DonutPigBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2012

DonutPig

Hiked through the Valley of the Moon then up to Blue Angels Peak, awesome views into Mexico. The Summit with the marker is the farthest from the border of the three Summits, go figure is was the last one I climbed.
Posted Feb 20, 2014 5:56 am

ericnoelBlue Angels  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2013

ericnoel

Hiked from the Smuggler's Cave Road. I was followed back to my car by a border patrol helicopter, which was fine by me because I was content to have them scare off anyone else who might be lurking.
Posted Nov 10, 2013 7:03 pm

Wallylongridgecounty high point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2002

Wallylongridge

I was surprised to see that Gary Suttle had signed the summit register on the same day that i hike this peak.
Posted Apr 5, 2013 12:17 am

FletchEdgy day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2010

Fletch

I wasnt shot at, but it was close. Border patrol are some interesting folks...
Posted Dec 27, 2012 6:14 pm

orbitorFrom I-8 via Jeep Trail & X-Country  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2011

orbitor

Nice ramble around the border on a mild winter day. Couldn't find it at first after getting confused by the dirt roads, then found the trail and climbed 2 false summits before finally locating the USGS marker. Great views into Mexico, Imperial and San Diego counties.
Posted Aug 26, 2012 11:49 pm

harryquachGreat Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2010

harryquach

TR
Posted May 23, 2011 7:25 pm

Bob BoltonWith my wife and sister-in-law  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2010

Bob Bolton

This was the third priority for this day. We chose it because the weather was horrible for the higher priority hikes. But it was good to get another county highpoint. My sister-in-law is a great hiker, so between the two of us my wife sometimes feels compelled to get out for a hike. Wish it were more often!
Posted Sep 18, 2010 12:36 am

mrchad9Border Crossing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2006

mrchad9

Short hike after a long night out on a 2-day trip to Mexico from LA. Interesting to see how unmanned the border was, a barbed wire fence that just stopped when it got too rocky, and all the trails coming in from the other side. Visited all the highpoints and the border monument.
Posted May 9, 2010 5:19 am

Iron HikerNice ramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2010

Iron Hiker

Parked my car just beyond the powerlines and walked up. Very nice stroll and excellent views. Tagging the border monument was a plus too! Border Patrol saw me twice, very nice and courteous guys looking out for me. The Valley of the Moon looks like it merits a repeat visit as well!
Posted Jan 29, 2010 2:04 am

mlarkin2002Quick dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2009
Was able to drive to the end of the road, 0.3 mi away from the summit. Made a quick trip to the summit and monument, then out. Border patrol asked me about some unoccupied cars parked strangely halfway up the road, but didn't give me any hassle.
Posted Dec 31, 2009 11:09 pm

Tracyvia Smugglers Cove Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2009

Tracy

I did this one on my way to San Diego with my family to catch a cruise ship to Cabo San Lucas. My wife and kids waited in the van while I hiked in the remaining .40 miles (per my GPS). I visited all 3 candidate highpoints, found the benchmark and visited border monument #231. I didn't find the register.
Posted Nov 3, 2009 12:15 am

paclimberBlue Angels Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007

paclimber

Fun desert climb. Loved the border fence. US Border Patrol "caught" us on the way down.
Posted Jun 16, 2009 11:57 am

SOCALHUSKERHiked into...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2009

SOCALHUSKER

Valley of the Moon first and then climbed up Blue Angels Peak from the east on the way back. Tagged several others before finally coming across the Smuggler bench marks. Found 1/2 of the register can but the register and other half of the can were missing. Trash everywhere but still a fun and enjoyable climb. Photos of My Blue Angels Peak Trip
Posted Mar 7, 2009 11:34 pm

kavakFrom the west  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2004

kavak

I talked my brother's-in-laws to take me on this excursion while out in Laguna Hills for Thanksgiving. There were grumblings when they realized how long a drive it was. Two of my in-laws bailed when they saw it, and left just one brother-in-law, my son and I to hike the peak, while they checked out El Centro. Well, we were not on the correct route but still managed to find the peak and all the other bumps while not sure if we were in Mexico or not. Even went to the border marker. On the way down....gunshots!! Several bullets whizzed overhead. Automatic fire as well. I remember hitting the ground when the first ones came over. It turns out a group of pickups were parked lower in the sagebrush and a bunch of guys were cowboying it up with their guns. We were hunkered over the rest of the way down to the desert floor where my two brother-in-laws were waiting after a less than memorable day in El Centro.
Posted Nov 3, 2008 9:57 am

Ol WalsherSmuggler's Cove  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2008

Ol Walsher

Was a little weird being by myself out there. Had to use GPS to find the correct peak. Found the smuggler marker and then tagged two other nearby peaks to make sure I covered the highpoint. Border patrol had the road blocked on my way out, but they waived me through. A very interesting area......one of the more memorable cohp's!
Posted Jun 9, 2008 8:22 pm

NavySeabeeUsual Route - Mostly  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2007

NavySeabee

Second time was actually quite the charm. My first attempt I was turned back since my family got nervous hearing the distant and frequent gunshots coming from across the border.

Beautiful day due to mild temperatures, light winds and really nice views to the west and south into ol' Mejico. Little dusty to the north and east due to the light Santa Ana conditions. Abundant game (illegal?) trails and my reliable GPS made finding the summit a snap. Made the token illegal excursion across the pathetic border fence to see Marker 231. Next task, finding the "back road" to Hot Springs Mountain. God bless Google Earth because I think I've found it!
Posted Apr 2, 2007 2:17 pm

Bob BurdUsual route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2006

Bob Burd

2nd time up here. Never thought I'd be back, but since Ryan has gotten the bug, I'm happy to repeat them with him. It was a very pleasant day and we snuck into Mexico undetected as a bonus. Trip Report
Posted Dec 25, 2006 7:11 am

Ryan BurdUsual route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2006

Ryan Burd

Hiked with Dad to tag the county highpoint.
Posted Dec 25, 2006 7:06 am

surgentHiked it twice  Sucess!

surgent

Hiked it in 1999 and again in 2005. Beautiful granite rockpiles, but beware being so close to the border. Had no trouble both times... but we saw stash after stash of water bottles, shoes, clothing, cans, etc. We tagged the Mexican border post for the amusement aspect.
Posted Sep 13, 2006 3:20 pm

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