This was part of a month long solo peakbagging trip in which I hiked every day and got 70 peaks in 30 days. I started with Villager, went over to Rabbit, and then came back to run the ridge over the other peaks. It took 15.5 hours.
For numerous photos and brief route descriptions see the trip report.
I left the S-22 TH at 5:05 a.m., Villager next, the out along the bumpy ridge to Rabbit. I was back at Villager by three o'clock, head lamp on by 5:30. There was absolutely no moon, so crossing the desert floor in total darkness (except for the beam of the head lamp) was an adventure. Fortunately, I had a real compass and a gps, as the area is crisscrossed with washes and ravines. The weather was perfect. I'd do this one again.
Infamous Rabbit taunts no more. Came back more determined than ever after turning around 3.5 years before. Rolled over Villager, then powered through the bump roller-coaster. After so much anticipation, the views at the summit sucked (obscured by vegetation). Back on the bump roller-coaster and the endless descent to S22. Redemption!
Great hike , buddy from work and I did a 2 day. Camped at villager and then hit rabbits. Lots of snow on top 3-4 inches a list with drifts a lot higher. Good thing since I ran low on water. 8 liters was not enough. I would bring 9-10 liters if I was not sure of snow.
Really cool hike, great views.. made it all the way to Rabbit!
Dayhike from S-22. Nice hike with a slightly cool breeze that kept the temperature perfect all day. Saw a large Sierra Club group (20-25 people) heading up while I was on the way down from Villager.
John Orange, George Ivy and I hiked up the long ridge of Rabbit from Salton Sea area in spring of 1977. Rabbit was my first desert summit ever. What an unusual terrain for someone who grew up among pine trees,alpine meadows and rock towers. For a while, I was not sure what the desert hiking experience was about, but many years of desert rambling followed.
Great New Year's Eve hike. Started from the citrus grove (Fillmore Ave) and just aimed for the bottom of the E-ridge. After ~45min picked up the ducked route where the white rocks are still in place. The ridge is steep and relentless and made for a great work-out with grand views all around. Temperature was way below freezing on top with rime ice covering trees and shrubs. Quickly traversed over to Villager and descended the south ridge to S-22. 9h 50min CTC.
Stormy day in the desert - but mostly dry on the ridge. Great hike.
Except for complete lack of Moon, conditions were perfect; cool, slight overcast until the descent. As a dayhike took 11h15m; I was motivated to get back to the car before dark. Had a sprained ankle and groin pull to start, and miraculously, both conditions seemed alleviated by the time I hit Rabbit.
There are 7 little lumps between Villager and Rabbit; they aren't oppressive, but they are a bit annoying on the way back.
This must have been a brutal hike when first added to the DPS list. You can see where branches have been trimmed, and the faint use trail is carefully routed around the worst thickets with simple but effective ducks. Plus a fire has cleared a good expanse of brush. Someone even put reflective dots on some bushes.
Actually haven't done this yet. I was hoping to do this early next spring from Toro to Rabbit to Villager and down to desert. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what the conditions are like between Toro and Rabbit (besides being hot and dry most of the time). Any thoughts
What a great May Day! Temperature was perfect. Awesome views of Salton Sea!
Up the east ridge from the lemon grove. Thought it would be nice to summit a peak from below sea level. Very nice hike up the ridge but the 3+ miles across the boulders from the TH to reach the ridge is a drag- especially on the way back. I think via Villager may be the better route- as most seem to have already figured out...
great hike in the Socal desert. came from Villager. 12.5 c2c.
Doing this in two days would really be punishment. I carried about 200 oz for my day trip and that really wasn't enough on this day that reached the low 90s in Temp. Having to carry enough water for two days and a night would push that number much higher and thus add a lot of weight.
The roller coaster ridge was actually enjoyable because of the spectacular views of the dry (and should be dry... Salton) lake beds.
RIP little toenail.
yeah its definitely around 8500' cumulative gain!
I think 5696' is the NET gain/loss, total gain is over 8000'. The valley floor is at 1100' and Rabbit is 6600', and I believe there is almost 3000' of ups/downs along the way. Crazy with the wind.
excellent hike. bumps on the way weren't too bad. loved the views
Climbed with Marcus and Eric from the south, spending the night on Villager. Then Rabbit in the morning and back to the car by 4:30. My alt watch seemed a bit off, like 100ft short on Villager and Rabbit...but total feet climbed said 12k. Don't believe people who say it's 8500 total feet. This climb is a roller coaster.