Summit Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak Wilderness could be a backpacker's worst nightmare for those unaccustomed to primitive conditions: access roads are rough, the low-elevation approach is blisteringly hot and shadeless in summer, trails are generally unmarked and some sections are indistinct, badly overgrown, or gone altogether. Developed campsites are virtually nonexistent, and the range boasts not a single lake. So why would anyone in their right mind consider a backpack into the Santa Rosa Mountains?
For starters, how about unparalleled vistas, spectacular wildflower displays, and nearly guaranteed solitude? In addition, the Santa Rosas boast some of the most luxuriant vegetation of any range in the state, thanks to a number of tumbling streams and sweeping basins blessed with ample groundwater. Several of those streams and basins are carpeted with extensive aspen groves, creating a colorful swath of green in summer and a brilliant display of gold in autumn. Early- to midsummer wildflower displays are as fine as any in the state. With such verdant slopes rimmed by rugged granite peaks, the area is more reminiscent of the Rockies than of a typical Great Basin range."