Angel Mountain Trip Report

4,555 ft

Edward Earl and I did this together as it is on his 1,000+ ft prominence list of San Diego County peaks.

We started from his car as a southern approach and climbed efficiently cross-country until major brush was encountered. One hour to gain 150-200 ft of elevation. It was nasty indeed. The final 150 vertical feet was under the tree canopy and easier.

No view of Lake Henshaw to the east - disappointing Edward. We descended after 30 minutes via a faint trail that paralleled the summit ridge northwest - this time along the north slope of the mountain. Eventually we returned to the road grid via a western end-around and we were back at the car at 1 PM some 4 hours after leaving it.

We spent the remainder of the afternoon scouting out approach routes for Pine Mountain.