Blue Angels Peak Climber's Log

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GlennD - Feb 8, 2021 8:49 pm Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2021

CA CoHP #9  Sucess!

Nice hike with a bit of boulder hopping. A bit of wind kept the temperature comfortable, and I hit a couple nearby benchmarks on the way out for added vert.


Jowzynkyn - Oct 19, 2020 12:44 am Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2020

Graveyarder, Rona, and Cacti  Sucess!

This graveyard worker here mad it to the summit and found several caches of water for immigrants all around the peak. I may or may not have crossed the border and got some tremendous views of the Mexican desert. Valley of the Moon looks amazing, didn't have enough time before sundown to explore more. Only took 2 and a half hours from VOTM trailhead to summit, 1 and a half return for a 4 late afternoon trip.


huskertriguy - Feb 4, 2020 12:24 pm Date Climbed: Jan 16, 2020

Wilderness Transcending Borders  Sucess!

My friend and I slept in our vehicles at Valley of the Moon Trailhead the night prior. Due to my late flight I did not arrive at the trailhead until well after midnight. Border patrol did on a couple occasions make their presence known but did not verbally engage us. We woke up shortly after sunrise and prepared a leisurely breakfast with much-needed coffee.

I'd rented a high-clearance pickup, so we were able to drive a pretty good distance up the road. Neither my friend nor I had ever seen roads quite like this, with occasional blacktop separated by long stretches of deeply-rutted road. (The blacktop, we soon realized, was to prevent established culverts from washing out). Eventually the road got rough enough even for the truck so we had to park. Not much farther up the road, we came upon a couple of fairly well-established campsites with a fire pit. It looks like this is a popular area for cragging.

The road petered out about 2/3 mile after the saddle where we parked, and there was a fairly well-estabished footpath from there that faded in and out. Still the summit area was pretty obvious.

We first headed to the border where a tall obelisk demarcates the line just beyond a barbed-wire fence that at this point would not keep out cattle. From there we hit the three contenders for the summit. Eyeballing it, we both felt the 3rd and final bump to the north is the highest point. This is also where the benchmark and summit register can be found. Very near the 3rd bump, I'd come upon a couple empty water bottles and, as I usually do with trash, picked them up and shoved them in my pack. A few yards later, in cracks between boulders that make up the 3rd bump, we came upon a larger cache of plastic bottles, some empty and some full. At this point I took out the bottles I had shoved in my pack and placed them with the rest of the cache. Wherever one stands on the discussion of immigration, fellow sojourners in the desert deserve the compassion of a cold cup of water.

For what it is worth we did not see another soul from the moment we left Valley of the Moon Trailhead -- border patrol, climber/hiker, or otherwise -- though of course I-8 traffic was within view for much of those first couple miles driving up the road.

This area is exceptionally beautiful, and we enjoyed the rest of the day checking out the beauty and oddities of Anza-Borrego and Salton Sea.

James the County Peakbagger - Jul 3, 2016 4:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2016

Hot day in the desert  Sucess!

OK...easy is relative.First there are many dirt roads. Make sure you head east...almost a 180 degree turn as you come off the old highway near the information kiosk (which is just a sign board with some posted info). You will be immediately greeted by the Border Patrol which is a nice thing since I solo climbed and could easily have gotten in trouble. Seriously if you have a non 4wd vehicle you will not make it passed the power lines going up the hill. I would hate to have to try and turn around once you begin the ascent, the road has not been whole for many years. Park in a pullout and start walking.If you follow the road up you will see the radio tower to your right. The trail is the easy part...ita finding the correct peak that's tricky. The use trails are not obvious and practically non existent. I am sure that there may have been a better way, but I ended up bushwhacking and scrambling the whole way. All and the peaks are all nearly the same height so finding the right one without GPS can be tricky. I ended up the wrong peak two away. Thank goodness Gary Suttles book took the pic of the peak from the east facing west so I was able to match it up and figure out where I needed to be. Pro Tip...some nice person has jammed two pieces of wood in an X at the peak. Didn't realize this until afterwards but a good mark to look for. Water was a real issue. I had a gallon and still ran out on the descent. Another hour or two in the sun and I might have been in real trouble. All in all very fun in retrospect but in the moment a little hairy.


McCannster - Jan 3, 2016 5:35 pm Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2015

CA County HP # 29  Sucess!

Did some climbing/exploring in Valley of the Moon the day prior, and bagged this the morning after our campout. Light dusting of snow, great views of probably one of the coolest spots I've seen in Socal. Checked out the border and illegally crossed a few times, how could you not want to?

trexkerry - Dec 5, 2015 9:28 pm Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2015

From the power lines  Sucess!

Spent the night at the Jacumba Hot Springs, a neat little place thats only 10 minutes from the TH for Blue Angels. Started directly under the power lines, easy enough to navigate first to Monument 231 then up to peak. Back to the car without incident, although on the drive on the dirt road out I passed a border patrol jeep, he picked up his binoculars and checked me out, I waved, he waved back. Then back on I-8 there was a border control check point, I was randomly selected for additional scrutiny for some reason, although that only consisted of a guard staring into my empty back seat for a few seconds before letting me continue on.


Diggler - Jul 6, 2015 1:50 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2015

post-Independence Day success  Sucess!

2nd time worked out. Despite vague & confusing directions, both physical & web-based, did it this time. Left Gixxer at 16.07. Numerous references to both SP directions, as well as those from Gerry Roach (glad I found his- a bona fide guidebook author!) got me where I needed to go. Once you get past the traffic on the 8, not to mention the power lines, it's sparse yet beautiful country. Ducked into Mexico 'cause I could :) Back at the bike at 19.36. Just 5 left now...


DonutPig - Feb 20, 2014 5:56 am Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2012

Beautiful  Sucess!

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.


ericnoel - Nov 10, 2013 7:03 pm Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2013

Blue Angels  Sucess!

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.


Wallylongridge - Apr 5, 2013 12:17 am Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2002

county high point  Sucess!

I was surprised to see that Gary Suttle had signed the summit register on the same day that i hike this peak.


Fletch - Dec 27, 2012 6:14 pm Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2010

Edgy day  Sucess!

I wasnt shot at, but it was close. Border patrol are some interesting folks...


orbitor - Aug 26, 2012 11:49 pm Date Climbed: Dec 3, 2011

From I-8 via Jeep Trail & X-Country  Sucess!

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.


harryquach - May 23, 2011 7:25 pm Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2010

Great Views  Sucess!


Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Sep 18, 2010 12:36 am Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2010

With my wife and sister-in-law  Sucess!

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!

Iron Hiker

Iron Hiker - Jan 29, 2010 2:04 am Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2010

Nice ramble  Sucess!

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!

mlarkin2002 - Dec 31, 2009 11:09 pm Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2009

Quick dayhike  Sucess!

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.


Tracy - Nov 3, 2009 12:15 am Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2009

via Smugglers Cove Road  Sucess!

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.


paclimber - Jun 16, 2009 11:57 am Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007

Blue Angels Peak  Sucess!

Fun desert climb. Loved the border fence. US Border Patrol "caught" us on the way down.


SOCALHUSKER - Mar 7, 2009 11:34 pm Date Climbed: Mar 7, 2009

Hiked into...  Sucess!

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


kavak - Nov 3, 2008 9:57 am Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2004

From the west  Sucess!

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.

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