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30H

Rosa Point

5083'

Location: Riverside County, about 13 miles northeast of Borrego Springs, 182 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Riverside County, San Diego County
USGS Topo: Fonts Point 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Villager Peak

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ROUTE 1

Distance: 12 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 5500' total, 4800' out plus 700' on return
Time: 10-11 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, very strenuous
Navigation: Difficult
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Route: All cross-country desert terrain with some steep portions infested with cholla

Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, December 1973

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive east on I-10 to the 86S expressway in Indio.
  • Drive south toward El Centro on SR 86S Expressway for about 35.5 miles to Salton City.
  • Turn west on the Borrego-Salton Seaway (S22).
  • Continue 14.8 miles to a parking area on the right (just past the 32 mile marker) and a dirt road on the left (south). Park in this area on either side of the road. There is a call box numbered S22-319 on the north side of the road. The road on the south of S22 is signed "Thimble Trail". This is a good car camping spot.
  • It is also possible to reach the trailhead by driving east on S22 from Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs for about 13.1 miles.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (960'), hike northeast toward the rounded hill visible just west of the mouth of Palo Verde Canyon.
  • Ascend the hill and cross a shallow saddle (still heading northeast).
  • Then go generally north up the ridge to a flat area at 3520'. From here, 3 peaks can be seen on the north skyline; the left (west) peak has several bands of white rock below its summit. The right (east) peak is Rosa Point.
  • From the flat area at 3520', head northeast on a faint trail down to cross Palo Verde Canyon at 3240'.
  • Then climb east up a ridge and follow a faint trail on the north side of elevation 3800'+ to get into the saddle (3600'+) on the prominent ridge going north from elevation 3800'.
  • Ascend this ridge north to the summit of Rosa, which has a great view of the Salton Sea.

ALTERNATE ROUTE

It is possible (even scenic) to hike northeast up Palo Verde Canyon, leaving the canyon to the left (west) up a cholla-infested hillside at about 1850' (the canyon takes a bend from north to northwest here), attaining the ridge at the 2200' contour).

NOTES

When returning, DO NOT descend Palo Verde Canyon (above 2200') or Rattlesnake Canyon. Stay on the ridge you ascended and watch for "Jumping Cholla".


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ROUTE 2

From Villager Peak
Distance: 4.5 miles one way cross-country
Gain: 1700' gain and 2500' loss
Time: 5-6 hours one way
Rating: Class 1, very strenuous
Navigation: Moderate
Route Finding: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Route: Open desert terrain that is very steep and very slippery in places

Original: Byron Prinzmetal, January 2002

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Drive east on I-10 to the 86S expressway in Indio.
  • Drive south toward El Centro on SR 86S Expressway for about 35.5 miles to Salton City.
  • Turn west on the Borrego-Salton Seaway (S22).
  • Continue 14.8 miles to a parking area on the right (just past the 32 mile marker) and a dirt road on the left (south). Park in this area on either side of the road. There is a call box numbered S22-319 on the north side of the road. The road on the south of S22 is signed "Thimble Trail". This is a good car camping spot.
  • It is also possible to reach the trailhead by driving east on S22 from Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs for about 13.1 miles.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • It is also possible to combine Villager Peak and Rosa Point as a loop trip using the saddle at the top of Rattlesnake Canyon to traverse from one to the other (see Route 2 on HPS map dated 1/17/2002 or later).

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ROUTE 3

Distance: 14.5 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 5500' total, 4800' out plus 700' on return
Time: 10-12 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, very strenuous
Navigation: Moderate
Route Finding: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Route: Trail and moderately steep desert terrain.

Original: Byron Prinzmetal, January 2002

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • Drive east on I-10 to the 86S expressway in Indio.
  • Drive south toward El Centro on SR 86S Expressway for about 35.5 miles to Salton City.
  • Turn west on the Borrego-Salton Seaway (S22).
  • Continue 12.1 miles to a miles to a parking area on the left side of the road just past Call Box 346.
  • It is also possible to reach the trailhead by driving east on S22 from Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs for about 15.8 miles.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • Enter Smoke Tree Canyon from a wash just east of the Call Box 346. The canyon splits. One canyon heads east toward the Natural Rock Tanks and the other heads north-northwest.
  • Hike up dry wash and north-north west canyon past a dry waterfall to an open area (approximately 3.1 miles).
  • Leave the wash and hike up a faint use trail to elevation 2260' and turn left on another use trail following the contours north.
  • At elevation 2960' the trail contours in north-northwest direction to a saddle at 3140' just west of "Pyramid Peak". "Pyramid Peak" (3480'+, not named on topo, but has a register can) can be hiked form this location.
  • Hike northwest and over / down several bumps until you intersect Route 1 at the saddle (3600'+).
  • Continue on Route 1 for about a mile to the summit.

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Published 17-February-2013
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