Blue Angels Peak Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Blue Angels Peak Trail is a 5.2 mile out and back trail located near Thermal, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.2 miles
1,020 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


28 days ago

Thumbs down for this hills have eyes hike. Intuition kept telling me to turn back. Especially when I save a molester van with evidence someone is living in it. I highly do not recommend Blue Angel Peak. #notafan

Even with my ferocious dog. This hike is sketchy AF.

7 months ago

05/28/2018, Memorial Day hike. Tallied 5.45 RT mileage and 1,592’ total elevation gains. Hike was pretty good, although very bare minimum trail markers (ducts), we were able to trek first to the International Boundary Marker #231 and locate all 3 Geological Benchmarks. We then trekked to Blue Angels Peak and locate all 3 Geological Benchmarks too, but the Peak Log was missing from the peak can which was unfortunate mangled by inconsiderate people! Lots of trash by probably the same people too. Other than that, good hike. Expect a few boulder climbing and hopping! Saw CBP helicopter hovering nearby and lots of 4x4’s

10 months ago

Bagged summit today. Couldn’t find a register but did find the survey marker. The other descriptions here were misleading IMO. The 4x4 road comes within about half a mile of the summit, as the crow flies, and the default gps track does not go to the summit. I drove about a mile up the dirt road then parked because I didn’t think my truck could make the next hill. From there it was 2.5 miles to the summit - the first 1.8 was on the dirt road.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

A fun afternoon out and in. Unless you have the AllTrails map up and following it, it could be easy to get lost because the trail goes in tons of directions. There are lots of cool views of California and Mexico and really neat rock formations. You could even do some small amounts of bouldering on a few big rocks if you are into that. I was driving a mini van so I walked from parking area to the trail head which is an additional 0.7miles. Unless you have 4 wheel drive I don't recommend trying to drive up the the trail head.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Good and rugged terrain - best to have a 4x4 or at least a high clearance vehicle to get up the road from Old Highway 80. Having map and compass are a must, and Jerry Schad's description of the approach to the summit is a bit sketchy. Climbed it in November 2015, very little human presence except for a Border Patrol truck and some guys trying to get a Nissan Pathfinder up the 4x4 road.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This hike is challenging for several reasons. First off, from where you park you cant see the Blue Angel peak because its obscured by several false peaks, and instead you think that its a nice short peak, when in fact its really not.Next time I'll print out an Alltrails TOPO map for reference as it took me a liitle before i could identify which peak was BA.
Its also challenging because there are a myriad of trails out there splitting off to different peaks in all directions. And although and I did have a hiking book for reference ( Afoot and Afield in San Diego County by Jerry Schad) i never did make it to the BA summit after hiking for 2.5 miles towards the summit, according to the track i recorded and uploaded ( titled apr212015.) I got close but couldnt find a trail to get me to the summit. And according to Jerry Schad its approx 2.5 miles to the summit. So i clearly went the wrong way. I plan on attempting this again in the future and trying a different route.
The hike itself is moderatly strenous because your ascending 90% of the time. Also, it was HELLA Windy. He describes this place as one of the windiest places in Southern Cali. It was very gusty and blew my big floppy hat off several times. He also points out the BA peak is the highest point in 'Alta' California, whatever that means. I did manage to summit a peak just below the BA peak and discovered some old retangular shaped decaying cinder block building perched with a great view of the smaller peaks below hovering over the wind-turbine covered desert floor. The BA Peak is visible in the picture shot from inside the cinderblock structure looking out.I uploaded several pics to document my hike.
Im disappointed i didnt make the summit as i ran out of time. But I'm looking forward to trying again.

29 days ago

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