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orbitorVia Santa Rosa Fire Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2012

orbitor

Been looking to bag this one for a long time, and finally did so on a windy December day. Long walk from Hwy 74, but that's all that's needed - just walking. Went up Santa Rosa Mtn for good measure, since it was on the way. The views from the top of Toro (the real summit) are arguably the best in SoCal in my opinion. Could see all the way into Mexico, most of Anza-Borrego and all 3 Saints and their respective ranges to the north. Just fabulous.
Posted Jan 30, 2013 7:18 pm

mrchad9Closed gate  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 2012

mrchad9

Took three drives to the TH to get up this one, on previous trips either too tired with too much snow or horrid weather (and snow) holding me back. On my third I was suprised by a new gate closed and locked right at the 7S02 turnoff from Highway 74. The gate was huge... could have stopped a Mark VIII tank from passing through. Could not turn back again so made the long hike up the road, slightly shortened and made more enjoyable by cutting up Garnet Queen Creek to Santa Rosa Spring.
Posted Jun 21, 2012 1:11 pm

cragamazing view of ABDSP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2008

crag

Been up here a few times to get a little respite from the heat. There is a decent little camping area just below the summit. The view from the summit is quite spectacular.
Posted May 20, 2012 1:14 pm

Alex WoodSpring in January  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2012

Alex Wood

Drove up seven miles on the road until there was a little too much snow for my 2wd Ford Escape. Lots of snow on the north side of the peak but we had bluebird skies and warm temps all day long. Also did Santa Rosa Mtn. Awesome day in the mountains and my first peak of 2012! 13 miles round trip
Posted Jan 7, 2012 7:13 pm

cabRoad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2011

cab

I did not climb this peak. You can't prove anything.
Posted Jul 5, 2011 10:43 am

Dennis PoulinNear Drive Up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2006

Dennis Poulin

Drove up to within a 1/4 mile of summit. Rime ice on the summit.
Posted Dec 12, 2009 8:21 pm

forjanBike ride from Hwy 74  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2009

forjan

I started my bike ride from the intersection of Hwy 74 with Santa Rosa Truck trail (Forest Road 7S02). Took me ~ 3.5 hrs to climb up the 4,000 feet on my MTB. Was much looking forward to the blazefest descent when 10 min into the ride down my back tire blew. Guess what? Had to walk 11 miles back to my car (didn't carry a spare tube nor pump.....leasson learned).

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Route Climbed: Winter visit (road)
Date Climbed: January 21, 2009

This was a spur of the moment hike. Left late morning from San Diego. I was only able to drive on forest route 7S02 (aka Santa Rosa Truck Trail) only 4.8 miles in from the turnoff on SR 74....where forest road 7S02 meets Garnet Queen Creek at approx. 6,200 feet. Snow and ice forced me to park here which meant a long hike in to the peak (~ 7 miles to the summit). I didn't help that I started the hike at the late hour of 2:01PM on a winter day. Also, I made the mistake of wearing my tennis shoes and not bringing enough water (ate snow on the way down). Anyway, I had to break trail for a couple of hours. Feet were moist/wet from the snow. I made Toro's summit at 5:05PM. The descent took longer than the ascent. I finally reached my car at 8:40PM (~ 6.5 hrs roundtrip, 14 miles).
Posted Jun 3, 2009 6:55 pm

bechttRoad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2009

bechtt

3 day HPS sweep with Bob Burd. Peak #4 of 18 -- from Santa Rosa Mtn. Fallen tree across the road forced us to start hiking a bit earlier than expected.
Posted Apr 20, 2009 12:11 am

surgentSuccess on 2nd try  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2008

surgent

No one around, but chose to play it safe by going cross country past the gate. Summit rocks weren't too bad - low class 3 at the most challenging.
Posted May 30, 2008 1:20 pm

tpdwrToro Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2008

tpdwr

Great day. Outstanding views. No one else around. I drove my Corolla.
Posted May 29, 2008 7:22 pm

lasvegaswraithGreat Views  Sucess!

lasvegaswraith

The drive in is a lot more challenging than the hike, but your efforts are rewarded with some of the best views you can get of Anza Borrego and Coachella Valley.
Posted Aug 25, 2007 1:53 am

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