Rockhouse Truck Trail

Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain1,186ft
Trailhead Elevation1,527ft
Elevation Min/Max555/1527ft
Elevation Start/End1527/1527ft

Rockhouse Truck Trail

Rockhouse Truck Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness. It is 10.4 miles long and begins at 1,527 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,186 feet.

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press)
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"For total wilderness solitude within a short distance of civilization, this trip can’t be beat. Visiting the Old Santa Rosa Indian ruins perched on the edge of Rockhouse Valley is a trip back into a timeless past. One can almost feel the intrusion of grubbing miners who left their rusting tools so close to village sites. Camping in the shaded cottonwood grove beneath Toro Peak with a running spring nearby should tempt you to delay your departure for another day or more."
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"Rockhouse Canyon and the broad, sloping alluvial basin drained by it— informally known as Rockhouse Valley— constitute one of Southern California’s truly forgotten places. Prior to the 20th century, Cahuilla Indian villages thrived here. After the Cahuilla moved to the nearby Santa Rosa Indian Reservation around 1900, a few hardy prospectors made forays into the area, traveling along the ancient footpaths and, in some cases, living in the old rock houses built by the Cahuilla. Today, there is still no road beyond the lower reaches of Rockhouse Canyon. The closest inhabited place is several miles away. Although this grand tour of Rockhouse Canyon and Valley can be rushed through in a single, very long day, it’s better to set aside two or even three days to explore the area adequately and at a measured pace."

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Trail Information

Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness
Nearby City
Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min. Clark Lake NE and Collins Valley
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