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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:28 pm    Post subject: Santa Rosa Peak  Reply with quote

On the way to Indian Wells last week I decided to stop for a hike in the Santa Rosa mountains.  The book said Santa Rosa peak was a good one.  Distance (book 16 mi -- actual 19 mi), time 7.5 hours, elevation gain 4,000'.  Water, some.

The hike starts at a well marked parking lot off of the 78.

The first part of the hike is on a more or less good jeep track with a fair amount of elevation gain over 5.5+ miles.  You end up at a kiln with good views of the San Jacinto massif and the valley below

Beyond the locked gate the trail seems to go up, but in fact it is a very messy overgrown old jeep track that goes down to the right and traverses.

The jeep track turns up the mountain in a mile and enters a really nice oak and pine forest and from there to the top is forested.


and some patches of thin snow on the ground

finally a view of the peak.  the light patches on the trees are ice covered branches.  They will soon become a problem as they were crashing all around me in very large chunks.  I fashioned a helmet out of my spare layer to protect my head from an iceberg falling 50'.

A little ridiculous but necessary.  I was hit by a few chunks of ice, luckily not big and only in the shoulder and calf.  The pelting went on for about a 1/2 hour of the hike.

I returned to the car after 7 1/2 hours happy about my first hike in the Santa Rosa Mountains.

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