Rabbit Peak via Villager Peak Trail

Borrego Springs, California

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Because of their towering height and remoteness, Villager and Rabbit peaks are popular destinations for serious peak baggers. Perhaps several dozen people per year attain the summits of these two peaks, and bottles and tin cans containing the peak registers are often overflowing with business cards and other mementos. Rabbit Peak has two popular routes of approach. A steep, eastern approach from Coachella Valley, beginning near sea level, is described in San Bernardino Mountain Trails by John Robinson with David Money Harris. Here, I will describe the southern route, up the main crest of the Santa Rosas via Villager Peak. This is longer, more gradual, and arguably more scenic (but more difficult overall) than the eastern approach, and it begins at a point closer to San Diego County residents. A minimum of two full days is needed, with the first night’s camp on or near Villager Peak. Alternatively, you can set your sights on Villager Peak only—a hike of 13 miles (11 hours).

Rabbit Peak via Villager Peak Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Because of their towering height and remoteness, Villager and Rabbit peaks are popular destinations for serious peak baggers. Perhaps several dozen people per year attain the summits of these two peaks, and bottles and tin cans containing the peak registers are often overflowing with business cards and other mementos. Rabbit Peak has two popular routes of approach. A steep, eastern approach from Coachella Valley, beginning near sea level, is described in San Bernardino Mountain Trails by John Robinson with David Money Harris. Here, I will describe the southern route, up the main crest of the Santa Rosas via Villager Peak. This is longer, more gradual, and arguably more scenic (but more difficult overall) than the eastern approach, and it begins at a point closer to San Diego County residents. A minimum of two full days is needed, with the first night’s camp on or near Villager Peak. Alternatively, you can set your sights on Villager Peak only—a hike of 13 miles (11 hours)."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Borrego Springs
Distance: 20
Elevation Gain: 8,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 18 hours
Season: November through April
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Fonts Point, Rabbit Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Rabbit Peak via Villager Peak Trail

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