With Santa Rosa Mountain, Santa Rosa Wilderness HP, 3780, Black Hill & Cunningham Mountain.
I'd love to say that this was fun scramble from Toro-West over Wind Chill Peak and to the summit. I'd also love to say the views are spectacular, but then that would admit that I trespassed.
We did Toro and 2 sub-peaks plus Santa Rosa in the afternoon after Orocopia Mountain that morning. Afterward we drove over and tagged Thomas Mountain as well. The crux of Toro was driving up the icy road to park near the Santa Rosa saddle.
Other peaks we did during this trip include; Potosi, Cheyenne, Muddy Mountain, Muddy Peak, Virgin, The Orphan, Silica Dome, Cairn, The Sentinel, East Redstone, Redstone, Mystery Cairn, Vista, Hayford, Clark, McCullough, Spirit, Stepladder, Big Maria, False Maria, Black Butte, Chuckwalla, Pinto, Orocopia, Santa Rosa, and Thomas.
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Poor weather and the road was gooey in places.
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.
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.
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.
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
I did not climb this peak. You can't prove anything.
Drove up to within a 1/4 mile of summit. Rime ice on the summit.
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).
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).
Not the greatest of peaks, about par for an HPS peak. The hike to Martinez and Sheep earlier in the day were more rewarding. Trip Report
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.
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.
Great day. Outstanding views. No one else around. I drove my Corolla.
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.