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Location: Riverside County, about 12 miles northeast of Borrego Springs, 182 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County, San Diego County|
|USGS Topos||Rabbit Peak 7½, Fonts Point 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Nearby Peaks: Rabbit Peak #2, Rosa Point
Printable version of this route
- Distance: 13.5 miles round trip on use trail and cross-country
- Gain: 5100' total, 4900' out plus 200' on return
- Time: 8-10 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, very strenuous
- Navigation: Moderate
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, November 1973
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Drive east on I-10 to the 86S expressway in Indio.
- Drive south toward El Centro on SR 86S Expressway for about 35.5
miles to Salton City.
- Turn west on the Borrego-Salton Seaway (S22).
- Continue 14.8 miles to a parking area on the right
(just past the 32 mile marker) and a dirt road on
the left (south). Park in this area on either side of the road.
The road on the south of S22 is signed, "Thimble Trail". This is a good car camping spot.
- It is also possible to reach the trailhead by driving east on S22
from Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs for about 13.1 miles.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (980'), the route is evident. It is the ridge
coming south down from Villager Peak.
- Hike north across the desert on a good use trail, just
past the east end of "Lute" ridge (see topo map, Section 12), to
the prominent ridge on the left (west) side of Rattlesnake Canyon.
- The use trail switchbacks up the toe of the ridge and then up
the steady slope of the ridge over several false summits and up to the
- On the descent, take care at 4400' not to follow the
southeast ridge down into Rattlesnake Canyon. Continue on the south
Villager Peak is often combined with Rabbit Peak
as a two-day dry backpack. There is no water on the route. Most hikers
will camp near or on the summit of Villager Peak.
It is also possible to
combine Villager Peak and Rosa Point as a loop trip
using the saddle at the top of Rattlesnake Canyon to traverse from one to
The parking area is signed "Thimble Trail". Opposite this
sign, on the north side of S22, is a sign reading "Pack it in / Pack
it out". Anza-Borrego Desert State Park charges a fee for dirt road
use but not along this stretch of highway if you park or car camp between
the paved highway and the "Fee Area" sign 100 yards south of the
highway. Fires are permitted in a metal container; ground fires are not
permitted. Do not place the metal container near any vegetation. Dogs are
not allowed in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.