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Thomas ErspamerRattlesnake Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2008

Thomas Erspamer

Two days & one night round trip from S22 via Rattlesnake Ridge. Great weather; 60's & low 70's, high visibility, Little wind. Carried 2 gallons of water & needed every drop. Stashed 1.5 liter 3 hours out. Incredible vistas of Anza Borrego. Awesome 3,000? foot vertical escarpment. Day 1 about 7 hours to top of Villager Peak (roughly 5,500'). Day 2 summit Rabbit and return to car 10 hrs. Mistake to take less than a liter of water for round trip from Villager to Rabbit. Should have had 1.5 liters at least for this 5-hour section. It was nice to go at modest pace and really take it all in. Ocatillo, Prickly Pear, Barrel, cholla, yucca. Each carving out their own tight enclaves. TSE
Posted Dec 10, 2008 12:12 am

mdoughertyFrom Villager Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2008


Twelve hour day hike with a Sierra Club group. Long and strenuous.
Posted Apr 22, 2008 3:25 am

bechttFrom Clark Well  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2008


With Travis. Steep hike via the West Rib to the bump just before Rabbit and then down the regular trail to Villager.
Posted Feb 25, 2008 9:59 am

Travis_Via West Rib  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2008


A tough hike up from Clark well via the west rib, with Bechtt.

See Trip Report
Posted Feb 18, 2008 4:56 pm

jkvawterFrom all directions  Sucess!
My first trip was with Bill Davenport and Bill McKowen in the late 1980's. We were going to do Snow Creek, but were turned back by a storm. They owned a lemon ranch near the start of the east approach to Rabbit where we spent a night, and started early the next morning. We did that as a two-day back pack. A few years later I approached from the south with Werner Landry as a day hike from S-22. I bonked at the bottom of the last steep bit to the summit, and waited for him to pick me up on his way down. A few years later we did a two-day trip up the west side, camping near the airplane wreckage.

I had another failed attempt with Werner and Mark Richards while trying to go from Toro to S-22 in two days. I had a shooting pain down the back of one leg and fell behind. At 6582 I had too much pain to do any more climbing, and dropped off the ridge. I spent the night at the base and hiked to the highway the next day. On S-22 I got a ride on a motorcycle, and beat them back to the car on Sunday afternoon.

I repeated the west approach a few years later with Jim (?) to stash water for a Toro to S-22 hike the following weekend. We carried three gallons each to the summit for a party of four plus one. The next weekend four of us left Toro on Saturday and hiked to a point about two miles short of Rabbit. On Sunday morning Werner left Toro with a quart of water and few energy bars. We kept in touch with him by radio. Every time we stopped to rest that day we took a few more Ibuprofen for knee pain. We left water for Werner on 6582, Rabbit, and Villager. He arrived at S-22 about a half an hour after we did at dusk on Sunday.
Posted Feb 17, 2008 2:36 pm

HeyItsBenSouth Ridge via Villager  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2008


Had this one on my mind for a while, finally got around to it...3:15 to Villager, 5:45 to Rabbit, 11:05 RT. A tough dayhike for sure.

X2 - April 16 2009. 2:30 to Villager, 4:24 to Rabbit, 8:55 RT with 25 mins on top. The descent from Villager hurt bad.

The rabbit is missing from the register now...
Posted Feb 4, 2008 7:12 pm

bigbendbettyHiked from villager  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2008


The mountains were red from the sunrise as I was hiking the last couple miles to Rabbit from Villager. Wonderful, butt kicking hike.
Posted Jan 24, 2008 10:14 pm

LangenbacherEaster Bunny  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 1980


Easter 1980 with my brother Fritz. Hauled full packs and 2 days water up to Villager and camped 1st day. Bagged the bunny and hiked all the way down the next day. I thought the pain in my knees would kill me on the downhill hike.
Posted Dec 10, 2007 2:37 am

mnaturesonVia Villager Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2007


I love the little rabbit in the summit register!
Posted Jun 23, 2007 12:11 pm

David RosenbergSouth Route over Villager  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2006
Tough day hike, took 11.5 hours. The last two hours coming down were not pleasant.
Posted Mar 14, 2007 4:48 am

mdashEast Approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2006


Third time up this route--though can't ever find the register anywhere. Hunted all over the rocks on the west side and hiked nearby ridges, but no dice. (Could use a GPS point!) Hiked down a "shortcut" this time b/c spent too much time looking for that blasted box (BIG MISTAKE), and nearly rolled all the way down with a rockslide. Hiked Villager Peak in 2004--no page for that peak yet?
Posted Sep 4, 2006 11:51 pm

bajaandyToro to 6582 to Rabbit to Villager to desert floor  Sucess!


Did this trip in January of the mid 80's with Matt G. and Steve K. Left Steve's truck at the parking area off S22 and drove my truck to Santa Rosa Mountain and Toro Peak. Took four days to make the trip. Lot's of up and down and lots of ticks. In addition, my truck got snowed in on Toro Peak for over a month. But a fun trip anyway.
Posted Mar 9, 2006 9:36 pm

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: Various Date Climbed: Many  Sucess!


Once, over two days, from east to summit, thence to Villager, and down Villager's west slopes to Clark Dry Lake then south to paved road (not recomeneded). Three times from west as day hikes.
Posted Oct 16, 2005 2:15 pm

tpdwrRoute Climbed: From Villager Peak Date Climbed: January 21, 2005  Sucess!


I actually spent two nights on Villager. It made it a little easier on my knees plus I got to have an INS helicopter visit me on the second night!!
Posted Sep 27, 2005 11:13 pm

Jeff BytofRoute Climbed: Santa Rosa Springs to Salton Seaway traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 1975

Jeff Bytof

23 March 1975 - Tim Moreno and I started out at Santa Rosa Springs (transport provided by Gary Seaton). Camped that night on Alta Seca Bench, near Toro Peak.

24 March - Camped approx. halfway to Rabbit Peak.

25 March - Crossed over peak 6582 in storm - reached water cache (8 gallons) by afternoon, which was placed Dec. 8th, 1974 (w/ David Hightower) and Dec. 28th, 1974 (w/ Curtis Bernstein) via ridge from Clark Valley.

26 March - Layover day at cache.

27 March - Reached Rabbit Peak, descended to Villager Peak, camped in a sandstorm near fault scarp at south end of Santa Rosas.

28 March 1975 - Recovered by David Hightower.
Posted Jun 29, 2005 4:28 am

brutus of wydeRoute Climbed: From Toro Peak Date Climbed: March, 1978  Sucess!

brutus of wyde

Completed the "Toto to Toro Traverse" from Toro Peak trailhead to Schlitz Malt Liquor Bulls in Borrego Springs, summitting Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak on the way, in 5 days. An excellent high-desert hike. My 12th ascent of Rabbit Peak, as I recall.
Posted Jun 26, 2005 9:22 pm

thebeave7Route Climbed: South Ridge via Villager Date Climbed: Feb 20th, 2005


After getting a late start(845am) heavy clouds and rain deterred our attempt to summit Rabbit Peak. We made it as far as Villager, returning to the car at sunset. The flowers and other flora are in full bloom right now, truly a spectacular site.

Eric J Lee
Posted Feb 22, 2005 1:47 am

dsimon665Route Climbed: Clark Wall Date Climbed: Feb 15-16 2004  Sucess!
Climbed from the west on the ridge with peak 2719' on the 1974 clark lake quadrangle. Steep but doable. We camped in the wash but its possible to camp up on the ridge before it gets steep.
Posted Feb 1, 2005 8:50 pm

brutus of wydeRoute Climbed: Oven Ridge Date Climbed: August, 1977  Sucess!

brutus of wyde

My only summer ascent of this peak, we encountered temperatures well into the hundreds from our 4 am start until our 2 am return to the car. Keith Tasker and I each took 1.5 gallons of water, but we ran out on the way down, at 6 pm, around the second false summit.

When we reached the orange groves near the parking spot, unscrewed a sprinkler head and sucked water from the pipes. we were well into the retching-with-each swallow-of-a-sticky-throat stage of dehydration by that point.

Never has water tasted sooo good. I later entered the water treatment and distribution field as a profession.

Water is life, don't waste it.
Posted Jan 17, 2005 8:31 pm

ShanoRoute Climbed: South Ridge via Villager Peak Date Climbed: 27March 2004  Sucess!


Climbed the dramatic southern scarp of the Santa Rosas from S-22. Great route - long, but very rewarding. Car to car in 12hrs
Posted Jun 10, 2004 4:26 pm

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