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Desert Hike - Rabbit & Villager Peaks

Description folks this is an extremely strenuous and advanced hike, no newbies unless you've been 'vetted'. its pretty rocky terrain so I would suggest wearing boots (I'm gonna most likely) to protect ankles from rolling as well as rocks from banging into them. this seems to be the census from others

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  • A former member
    A former member

    My feet may not forgive me for saying this, but the views were spectacular.

    February 2, 2009

  • Véro

    Now, it's not necessary to read Dante to know what Inferno means :-)
    In spite of all the sufferings, what a great long day it was!

    February 1, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    February 1, 2009

  • John Q.

    What a great hike. Up to Villager it was all uphill with some nice cliffs to make you think about life. Rabbit was more of a struggle with all the ups and downs. The final up was slow and pain. Back to Villager was a bit more painful with all of the rocky downs. Aside from the floating cholla, it was a great hike. I can now add this to my one-and-done list.

    February 1, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    what a day. starting, and ending, in the dark with our headlamps, navigating the rocky terrain after 23 miles and 8300 ft of elevation gain and loss. the temperature was great, clear views in all directions, an experience in a new terrain. everyone did great.

    February 1, 2009

  • Hikin J.

    Good luck guys! (and pray for my knee to heal up) :)

    January 30, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    January 30, 2009

  • Guido

    Have fun all you guys and gals and a safe trip.

    January 30, 2009

  • John Q.

    if light should become an issue, you should worry not...I've got glowsticks!!!

    January 29, 2009

  • John Q.

    ah thx ofir. yea. layers is a good idea. though it should be a warm day, but a cold morning and evening.

    January 29, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    January 28, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    larger topo map: maps images (large) : http://www-scf.usc.edu/~munarett/rabbit.PNG

    January 28, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    here is a map, please print this out at whatever zoom level you prefer: http://www-scf.usc.edu/~munarett/temp3.html

    January 28, 2009

  • John Q.

    So i did a writeup in preparation for this...I think some of it may be overkill, so hopefully some of you more experienced ultra dayhikers can give me some feedback http://socalhikes.com/2009/01/prep-for-rabbit-peak/

    January 28, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Because the drive to and from the Salton Sea is long, and because I'm not a Super Bowl fan, I'm planning to spend another night out there and do some other peaks (maybe Sheep/Martinez?) the next day. If anyone else has similar preferences and wants to carpool, let me know. Unfortunately I have to leave after work on Friday. I can't leave in the afternoon.

    January 26, 2009

  • Fe

    Sorry Joe, just got confirmation I will be going to the conference after all :(

    January 26, 2009

  • Véro

    I would rather leave on Friday afternoon as well if I can I can organize myself and make sure I am ready for school coming up.

    January 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was really looking forward to this, but what can I say family. And I was about to get out the camping gear as I have no job....ha..ha.

    January 22, 2009

  • John Q.

    count me in as part of the friday afternoon group ze

    January 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning on heading out on Friday, and car camping near the trailhead. i know most people have real jobs, but does anyone else want to head out early-mid afternoon and beat the traffic? (3 hr drive normally)

    January 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    i am expecting that not all of us will complete the entire task of both peaks...in that case I expect a second group to stick to together that will reach Villager and maybe hike part of the way to Rabbit until the front group meets up on the way back.

    January 8, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI - If anyone wants long and fast, but on trail, I'm leading Santiago and Modjeska with the Sierra Club on Jan. 31. Email me for details.

    January 7, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did that Sierra Club hike last year and we were ALWAYS moving. Those of you who know me know I hike pretty fast, and I was the slowest in that group. Be sure to bring enough food and water, and several clothing layers. We had snow on the far side of Villager. Poles HIGHLY recommend for the rocky descent back to the trailhead. Also, make sure you get the correct ridge descending Villager on the return and put a beacon in one of your cars so you can see where you're headed if it gets dark.

    January 7, 2009

  • John Q.

    excellent. I hope my new bag gets here in time for testing for this hike!

    January 4, 2009

  • Tim L.

    The Sierra Club did this hike last February. They started at 6am, it took 12:17 and according to Travis they were moving fast. If he says fast, they must have been fast. So to be safe I would estimate 13-14 hrs. Like Zé said, because it's so rocky, you can only go so fast, especially on the downhills.

    January 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    i plan on driving out friday night. i am interested in camping, but everyone needs to understand the difficulty / length of this hike. its not just 8000 ft gain 20 miles, its the rocky terrain that makes it slower. its going to take a full day of hiking. i personally do not want to be hiking in the dark until 9 pm. 6 sounds good. 12-13 hrs of hiking. if we camp out somewhere else, we need to pack up and be ready to hike by 5-6 am.

    January 2, 2009

  • Tim L.

    Zé's Google Map is slightly off. The exact parking spot is here: http://tinyurl.com/s22parking Normally you park on the north side of the road. Ofir, I'll probably be backcountry camping out there Friday night and maybe Saturday night too.

    January 2, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    this guy is an insane hiker, and it took him 10 hrs to do the hike. it will surely then take us several more, I'd say 3 for good measure. starting at 5 am means getting down by 6 pm, unless we do some sort of overnighting

    http://www.snwburd.com/bob/trip_reports/villager_1.html

    December 31, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    okay then maybe the 17th. I'm fine with either.

    December 31, 2008

  • Guido

    i personally would prefer the 17th; the 31st may not work; February 7th certainly will not work for me.

    December 31, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    we will probably have to do part of this hike in the dark...would a full moon be better? http://www.moonconnection.com/moon_phases_calendar.phtml, then would wait until feb 7th

    December 30, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    December 30, 2008

  • John Q.

    i'm game for either the 17th or 31st.

    December 30, 2008

  • Tim L.

    This is in Anza-Borrego, near the Salton Sea and 3+ hrs from Downtown L.A. It's an exhausting hike and will take longer than there is daylight. But the views are astounding. Some pictures from this past May: http://tinyurl.com/a6fl39

    December 24, 2008

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