USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Riverside County, about 13 miles northeast of Borrego Springs, 182 miles from Los Angeles
Nearby Peaks: Villager Peak
- Distance: 12 miles round trip cross-country
- Gain: 5500' total, 4800' out plus 700' on return
- Time: 10-11 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, very strenuous
- Navigation: Difficult
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
- Route: All cross-country desert terrain with some steep portions infested with cholla
Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, December 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.
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. There is a call box numbered S22-319
on the north 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 (960'), hike northeast toward the rounded hill
visible just west of the mouth of Palo Verde Canyon.
- Ascend the hill and
cross a shallow saddle (still heading northeast).
- Then go generally north
up the ridge to a flat area at 3520'. From here, 3 peaks can be seen on
the north skyline; the left (west) peak has several bands of white
rock below its summit. The right (east) peak is Rosa Point.
- From the
flat area at 3520', head northeast on a faint trail down to cross Palo
Verde Canyon at 3240'.
- Then climb east up a ridge and follow a faint
trail on the north side of elevation 3800'+ to get into the saddle
(3600'+) on the prominent ridge going north from elevation 3800'.
- Ascend this ridge north to the summit of Rosa, which has a great view of
the Salton Sea.
It is possible (even scenic) to hike northeast up Palo Verde Canyon,
leaving the canyon to the left (west) up a cholla-infested hillside at
about 1850' (the canyon takes a bend from north to northwest
here), attaining the ridge at the 2200' contour).
When returning, DO NOT descend Palo Verde Canyon (above 2200') or
Rattlesnake Canyon. Stay on the ridge you ascended and watch
for "Jumping Cholla".