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Villager and Rabbit Peaks

 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:24 pm    Post subject: Villager and Rabbit Peaks  Reply with quote

After completing my 3rd Skyline on Saturday, Tinaballina and I headed down to Patti's house for DELISH lasagna dinner and a rather short night of rest before heading down the S-22 to the TH for Villager and Rabbit Peaks.

The participants of this hike were:

Norma, Tina, Robin, Steve, Patti, and Me.

We made our way through the darkness, across the sandy flats before crossing the drainage and heading up the foot of the ridge that makes its way up to the two peaks. In the dark it can be a bit confusing trying to find the start of the switchbacks. Luckily, Steve and Tina had done the hike before and pointed the rest of us in the right direction.

The initial section switchbacks for a few hundred feet before becoming a series of rolling hills that rise steadily until arriving at Villager Peak. The trail stays almost directly on the spine of the ridge and at one point hugs a very steep cliff-side with visible signs of erosion. We snacked atop Villager and cached our extra water before beginning our trek across to Rabbit Peak.

Directly after Villager the trail drops down and follows the continuous ridge towards Rabbit. There were about 5 "humps" between the two peaks.

*Word to the wise, pace yourself and keep in mind you're going to have to make the elevation again on the return trip. *

The steepest portion is right before the summit. The summit itself is nothing too special. I was disappointed that there weren't any good views of the Salton Sea, being obstructed by trees and the dome shape of summit. We ran into another group of hikers at the top of Rabbit.

The descent went smoothly, everything started to blur, all the cactus, sand and rocks begins to look the same after a while. We reached the bottom of the wash right as the sun set and were back at the cars in no time. Good times.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks pretty awesome!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work everyone (key word here is work) that's one long day hike, great picutres. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Confused Zach, i could have sworn i was there too?????????????  next time i WILL touch your sunburned legs dude... with an Ocotillo whip. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The views in your pics are really beautiful. Looks like Tatooine. Wink
I used to go to Anza Borrego as a wee lad, that brings back memories.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard core.

Attempted twice, defeated twice.

Must try it again someday.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive been wanting to do this hike, dang I missed it. Nice pix  Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

norma r wrote:
Confused Zach, i could have sworn i was there too?????????????  next time i WILL touch your sunburned legs dude... with an Ocotillo whip. Twisted Evil


you'll have to catch me first  Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great tr, Zach!   I'm not familiar with Rabbit and Villager peaks.   Are those in Anzo Borego?   What are the distance/elevation specs on that hike, if I can ask?

Great pics... I'm feeling the urge to check that one out, esp with this colder weather...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good times =D
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MattCav wrote:
Great tr, Zach!   I'm not familiar with Rabbit and Villager peaks.   Are those in Anzo Borego?   What are the distance/elevation specs on that hike, if I can ask?

Great pics... I'm feeling the urge to check that one out, esp with this colder weather...



I believe it is 7 or 8 to get to Villager and 11 to Rabbit with the total round trip distance being about 21 miles. If my memory serves me correctly I believe the total elevation gained is 7800ft. It's nearby the Anza Borego Desert but not inside it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zach, you are pretty spot-on with the stats.  That was one beast of a hike and everyone except Steve was complaining of pain on the way down.  But we did it!  We beat that Swilly Wabbitt!  Great views, beautiful desert terrain and a heck of a long hike to do when most of us had already down a good sized hike the day before or in my case 3-days before.  

Ocotillo bloom in the morning alpenglow


Tina trying to destroy the competition


Desertscaping


Robin, Tina and Zach on Villager summit.  it's only been 4 hours and we're still feeling frisky.


Steve taking a hydration break courtesy of Patti


Wabbitt on Rabbit


Get a room!


Chafing, one of the miscellaneous complaints today


Robin thankful the hike is almost over


rest of my pix are here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/ryan.norma87/RabbitVillagerTraverse21311#
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome shots, Norma (as usual).

Don't know whether I like the Wabbit on Wabbit ( Laughing ) or the Robin sunset one.  All good.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

in one of your photos I noticed it said the peak is closed except for the months between October and December. Is it a water access thing or a cultural thing?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Y'all are cute. Nice pictures and report.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice photos, Norma. So.....if its closed all other months besides Oct - December....I have to ask...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome!  I'm adding it to the hike queue.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:42 pm    Post subject: Congratulations Reply with quote

Congratulations on one tough hike, probably beyond my ability at this point.  Maybe I will try just Villager one of these years.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rokclimbr wrote:
in one of your photos I noticed it said the peak is closed except for the months between October and December. Is it a water access thing or a cultural thing?


I'm pretty sure that refers to the "voluntary Bighorn Sheep closure" and applies more to the route from the Salton Sea. I think the most popular way to do it is the way Zach & Co. did, starting at S22 and tagging Villager along the way. Not particularly difficult (all class 1), but loonngg and dry. And then there's avoiding the Jumping Cholla, which may be the actual crux of the trip (at least it was for me). Evil or Very Mad

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it wabbit season yet? Better watch out, Norma. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing,

I was looking though my hiking book this morning thinking to myself, I need to do this hike!  More so, I need to do this hike and scout the Rattlesnake Canyon that is just to the East of the hiking trail.  
Sounds like a long day even without the inclusion of scouting.  Hmmmm, at least now I have a reference.  Thanks for posting the TR!
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