EisPiraten.com Forum Index EisPiraten.com
San Gabriel Mountains Forum
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch 
 MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   Join! (free) Join! (free)
 ProfileProfile 
 Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

TR: Rabbit Peak from S-22/Villager Peak, 24-May-2008

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    EisPiraten.com Forum Index -> Other Ranges -> Desert
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 11:34 pm    Post subject: TR: Rabbit Peak from S-22/Villager Peak, 24-May-2008  Reply with quote

I've been waiting for the right day to do this day hike and Saturday was it. The sky was overcast to partly cloudy and the temperature was a cool 55°F with a light breeze out of the west. I could not have asked for a better day to hike a desert peak. Any lingering storm activity stayed well to the north.

To make a long story short, this hike was awesome! It was physically exhausting but the views, which went on and on, made up for it. The entire hike is along a ridge, so you get great views of Clark Valley, the Borrego Badlands and the Salton Sea nearly all the time. It feels like you're a lot higher up than you really are because the views extend so far out without any obstructions. The geology of this area is also fascinating. The surrounding mountains rise very abruptly from the perfectly flat desert floor. The landscape is filled with contrasting colors and textures and there is an impressively huge escarpment displaying various rock layers which I wish I understood better.

Another bonus is the relative isolation. Other than the Coachella Valley, I couldn't see any signs of large scale human activity for miles. I didn't even hear any dirt bikes or ATVs. Not another soul was on the mountain and according to Rabbit Peak's register, I was the first one to visit that peak in over a month. This is probably because it's been too hot but this was a nice change from our overused local mountains. Everything was so pristine--no graffiti, no trash, not even much of a trail.

The only exception was someone had glued reflector dots on some of the ocotillo plants. I would have taken then off but I was in a hurry to get down. I'm not a very fast hiker and I spent a lot of time taking pictures and admiring everything so I was very late getting back to my car. I had given my family a 10:00pm deadline to call SAR if I didn't check-in. I stumbled back to my car at 9:20pm but I still needed to drive several miles out to get cell coverage. I did manage to check-in before 10:00 but next time I've got to set a later check-in time or get off these mountains sooner.

Coyote Mountains in the distance:


Lute Ridge:


Field of angry Teddy Bear Cholla (these guys release little cholla balls from their stems that roam around looking for victims):


This is either a swimming seal or a smiling dodo bird:


Interesting rocks. I wish I had studied geology in school.


Mini Stonehenge:


OK, which cairn do I follow? View of Rabbit Peak from Villager.


Burn area at the first saddle below Villager on the way to Rabbit:


The 1992 notebook held 8 years worth of entries!


More cool rock formations:


The impressive escarpment:


Rock layers:


Found and removed two mylar balloons:
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Terry Morse



Joined: 03 Mar 2008
Posts: 126
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California

PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pictures.  I really like the colors that came out with the semi-cloudy light.
I've never been on those peaks, and didn't imagine that it looked like that up there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Taco
Site Admin
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Sep 2007
Posts: 5546
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: Stuntin in the trap son

PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful shots! Anza Borrego FTW!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pics Tim but HEY I WANTED TO DO THAT HIKE! HOW COME YOU DIDN'T INVITE ME? LOL.
Tim. Have you done Skyline before? If so how does that compare?
Back to top
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have done the full C2C once. No question this is harder than Skyline (C2T). They have similar stats: 8,000' gain over 11 miles (one-way) but here you have to go back down without the aid of a tram. That in itself makes it harder, but it also means you have to carry more water.

IMO, this route is more interesting than Skyline. I know Skyline isn't a "trail" but you're more or less walking on a trail the entire time. Here you do boulder hopping, some mild scrambling (but no Class 3) and even a little cross-country. I like the diverse plant life and geology and that it's not popular nor hyped up. Even the name is modest and unassuming: Rabbit Peak. Besides, like Taco said, Anza-Borrego FTW!

My favorite part was going to Villager. I'm not sure if it's worth continuing on to Rabbit if I did it again. Those 7 bumps to Rabbit are really tough on morale.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim. I always end up carrying a ton too much water anyways. It sounds like on this hike you could stash some at Villager for when you return from Rabbit. Did you do that hike alone? I've been trying to get anybody to do that hike with me, even AllanK. lol. But no luck. Guess I'll just have to do it solo. Thanks AlanK. (AllanK ties fishing line to his son and has him pull him along the trail. It's true! I have photos.)
Back to top
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I did this solo. Sorry I didn't let you know I was going. Sounds like you really want to do it. You could cache water at Villager but you've got to make sure you have enough for the round trip to Rabbit and back. That's a tough stretch. Just don't try this in 90°+ temps. It doesn't go as high as Skyline so it's not going to get much cooler and the heat radiating off all rocks will bake you alive. There is no shade at all until about 5,000 ft.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim.
So from Villager to Rabbit, it is not just walking like on Skyline?  Mostly jumping over and off of rocks and boulders, or a little or all the way? No red carpet trail?
Back to top
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Between Villager and Rabbit there is a "best route" marked by single rock cairns but you can actually walk wherever you want. The cacti are spread out so they're not really a problem. If I walked 20 or 30 feet and didn't see a cairn then I knew I was off the best route. I'd then traverse left or right until I spotted a cairn again. You can't really get lost because when in doubt just go back to the top of the ridge. But I did have a paper map and the route loaded on my GPS (SOP for solo hikes).

There is some boulder/rock hopping (maybe 30% of the time?). The boulders to Rabbit are different and not as nice as the ones to Villager. Those ones are smaller, flatter, closer together and more grippy.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Rick M
SAR


Joined: 17 Mar 2008
Posts: 61
Add Comment
Show Comments





PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim said
Quote:
To make a long story short, this hike was awesome!...IMO, this route is more interesting than Skyline. I know Skyline isn't a "trail" but you're more or less walking on a trail the entire time. Here you do boulder hopping, some mild scrambling (but no Class 3) and even a little cross-country. I like the diverse plant life and geology and that it's not popular nor hyped up
Tim, you just hyped it up Laughing

Good info and I really like what you did with these
Quote:
Found and removed two mylar balloons:
When we are out searching, anything unnatural out there needs to be checked out and I hate getting diverted to check out old wrappers or other junk not left by the missing person. The back country is usually pretty clean of stuff dropped but on some of the longer SAR missions, my pockets will be packed with old stuff...my attempt at cleaning up the mountains AND making future searches "easier" Wink Thanks again
_________________
Avatar is no longer available
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
He219
Supersport Bierpirat


Joined: 27 Sep 2007
Posts: 386
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: Balboa/Guadalahabra

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful images.
Thanks for your TR!
Very Happy
_________________

First trip to Baldy, 1973
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:30 pm    Post subject: Re: TR: Rabbit Peak from S-22/Villager Peak, 24-May-2008 Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
I've been waiting for the right day to do this day hike and Saturday was it. The sky was overcast to partly cloudy and the temperature was a cool 55°F with a light breeze out of the west. I could not have asked for a better day to hike a desert peak. Any lingering storm activity stayed well to the north.

Tim. Did you use a tripod when taking these pics?
Back to top
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeebus!  Shocked  No need to re-quote the entire post with all the pictures. This makes the page load slow.

I didn't use a tripod.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
Jeebus!  Shocked  No need to re-quote the entire post with all the pictures. This makes the page load slow.

Ok thanks for the advice!


Last edited by FIGHT ON on Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:52 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arrow

Last edited by Tim on Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:32 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:14 pm    Post subject: Practice what you preach! Reply with quote

If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all!

Last edited by FIGHT ON on Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:51 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
Taco
Site Admin
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Sep 2007
Posts: 5546
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: Stuntin in the trap son

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FIGHT ON,

Do not quote a post with a shitload of pictures in it. it makes it very slow for lots of us to load. I have editted the post so it doesn't display the images.

Tone it down a bit, please.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Practice what you preach! Reply with quote

Arrow

Last edited by Tim on Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:32 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Taco
Site Admin
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Sep 2007
Posts: 5546
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: Stuntin in the trap son

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fight on is just being himself.

That said, Fight on, kinda tone it down a bit. Your joking doesn't typically seem to entertain anyone but yourself.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well I deleted it!
Back to top
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all!

Last edited by FIGHT ON on Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:50 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
simonov
Tacticool


Joined: 27 Nov 2007
Posts: 1068
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: Truckee Meadows USA

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FIGHT ON wrote:
TacoDelRio wrote:
Fight on is just being himself.

That said, Fight on, kinda tone it down a bit. Your joking doesn't typically seem to entertain anyone but yourself.
I stand corrected. IMVVVVVVVVVVVHO, Maybe I would be good to make a rule not to post a mile of pics. Use a link instead. It is kinda not fun to load  threads when someone new posts. But hey. Who am I?  Laughing


It's simpler than that.  Post all the pics you want for an original post, and simply edit any replies.

Whoa.
_________________
The future had clearly gotten out of hand.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simonov wrote:
FIGHT ON wrote:
TacoDelRio wrote:
Fight on is just being himself.

That said, Fight on, kinda tone it down a bit. Your joking doesn't typically seem to entertain anyone but yourself.
I stand corrected. IMVVVVVVVVVVVHO, Maybe I would be good to make a rule not to post a mile of pics. Use a link instead. It is kinda not fun to load  threads when someone new posts. But hey. Who am I?  Laughing


It's simpler than that.  Post all the pics you want for an original post, and simply edit any replies.

Whoa.


Whoat?
I was talking about if you have a billion pictures on an original post instead of using a link to the the same pictures, it's a hassle having to wait for them to load to view new posts. A few pictures is ok but anything after that a link makes sense. proof that even an idiot can make a good point!


Last edited by FIGHT ON on Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:57 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arrow Too much drama.

Last edited by Tim on Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:27 am; edited 5 times in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
HikeUp
Likes Beer


Joined: 27 Sep 2007
Posts: 2793
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: Pasadena, CA

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great TR Tim. I personally think your contributions to this board are interesting and indeed valuable. Keep them coming.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the support, HikeUp.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:04 am    Post subject: Re: TR: Rabbit Peak from S-22/Villager Peak, 24-May-2008 Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
I've been waiting for the right day to do this day hike and Saturday was it. The sky was overcast to partly cloudy and the temperature was a cool 55°F with a light breeze out of the west. I could not have asked for a better day to hike a desert peak. Any lingering storm activity stayed well to the north.

To make a long story short, this hike was awesome! It was physically exhausting but the views, which went on and on, made up for it. The entire hike is along a ridge, so you get great views of Clark Valley, the Borrego Badlands and the Salton Sea nearly all the time. It feels like you're a lot higher up than you really are because the views extend so far out without any obstructions. The geology of this area is also fascinating. The surrounding mountains rise very abruptly from the perfectly flat desert floor. The landscape is filled with contrasting colors and textures and there is an impressively huge escarpment displaying various rock layers which I wish I understood better.

Another bonus is the relative isolation. Other than the Coachella Valley, I couldn't see any signs of large scale human activity for miles. I didn't even hear any dirt bikes or ATVs. Not another soul was on the mountain and according to Rabbit Peak's register, I was the first one to visit that peak in over a month. This is probably because it's been too hot but this was a nice change from our overused local mountains. Everything was so pristine--no graffiti, no trash, not even much of a trail.

The only exception was someone had glued reflector dots on some of the ocotillo plants. I would have taken then off but I was in a hurry to get down. I'm not a very fast hiker and I spent a lot of time taking pictures and admiring everything so I was very late getting back to my car. I had given my family a 10:00pm deadline to call SAR if I didn't check-in. I stumbled back to my car at 9:20pm but I still needed to drive several miles out to get cell coverage. I did manage to check-in before 10:00 but next time I've got to set a later check-in time or get off these mountains sooner.

Tim. Have you hiked Skyline?
Near the top are some spots where your camera would be in heaven!
Back to top
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:45 am    Post subject: Re: TR: Rabbit Peak from S-22/Villager Peak, 24-May-2008 Reply with quote

FIGHT ON wrote:
Tim. Have you hiked Skyline?

Yes, I have. I reached the summit just as the sun was coming down. The mountain cast a huge shadow over Palm Springs. It had the classic triangular shape of a mountain. It was a poignant moment since I could see where I started (the desert) and where I am now (literally on top of the mountain) all in the same view.

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
FIGHT ON
Guest




Add Comment
Show Comments
Set my page




PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:47 am    Post subject: Re: TR: Rabbit Peak from S-22/Villager Peak, 24-May-2008 Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
FIGHT ON wrote:
Tim. Have you hiked Skyline?

Yes, I have. I reached the summit just as the sun was coming down. The mountain cast a huge shadow over Palm Springs. It had the classic triangular shape of a mountain. It was a poignant moment since I could see where I started (the desert) and where I am now (literally on top of the mountain) all in the same view.


Shoulda held your arm up, (and maybe gave the ol friendowl salute!) With how clear your camera takes images I bet it would have come out! Very Happy
Back to top
calicokid



Joined: 27 Feb 2008
Posts: 90
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: Monrovia, CA

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim,

That was a great shot with the shadow of the mountain.  That picture tells thousand words about your planning and efforts to take that photo.

Thanks for all beautiful pics and TRs.

Hanh
_________________
I went out to the country so i could examine the simple things in life.   Henry Thoreau
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem and thanks for the comment, Hanh. That view made it all worthwhile and for an instant it felt like Nature was personally saying congrats!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
JMunaretto



Joined: 07 Feb 2008
Posts: 370
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: Los Angeles

PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim, what time did you start this hike?

Also, you mentioned 8000 ft gain in 11 miles (one way), but I think its a bit less than that. Round trip total elevation gain is about 8000 ft, right? And there's a bit over 1000 on the way back I think.
_________________
Joseph

http://socalhikes.com/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Tim
MacGyver


Joined: 08 Apr 2008
Posts: 560
Add Comment
Show Comments




Location: California, USA

PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JMunaretto wrote:
Tim, what time did you start this hike?

Also, you mentioned 8000 ft gain in 11 miles (one way), but I think its a bit less than that. Round trip total elevation gain is about 8000 ft, right? And there's a bit over 1000 on the way back I think.


I started at 6am. Your numbers are correct. I forgot that 1,200' or so of the gain is along the 7 bumps backs to Villager.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    EisPiraten.com Forum Index -> Other Ranges -> Desert All times are GMT - 7 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Card File  Gallery  Forum Archive
Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group

"Their only motive was a great ideal; this was what linked together mountaineers so widely dissimilar in background and so diverse in character."
Maurice Herzog, Annapurna