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Brian
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3/12/2024
Brian
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I would like to attempt Rosa before the season is over. This would be an out and back, not one of the loop hikes. I downloaded some tracks from Peakbagger and it looks like there are a few different routes people take. I've been to Pyramid before and was originally planning to do that again and go up from there. But after looking at the tracks, it looks like it's more direct to go up the ridge to the W of Palo Verde canyon. One thing I'm undecided on is the final approach ridge. Looks like there are 2 options (represented by the yellow and red tracks in the pic). For anyone who has done both, which do you think is better/easier?

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Buford
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3/12/2024
Buford
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I've done Rosa twice, both times as a loop starting with Pyramid, Rosa, Mile High, and Villager once.

There is a well defined trail from just north of pyramid to where the red and green lines meet. The trail follows the ridge or just off it. From where the red and green lines meet, the ascent is completely off trail. I don't remember it being particularly bad. Just steep and rocky like the rest of the desert.

I believe there is an old native american trail that goes from your "trail to Rosa" mark to the green line, if you can find it. I can't remember exactly which saddle it connects to.

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Brian
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3/12/2024
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Thanks Buford, that's good info.
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Buford
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3/13/2024
Buford
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Good luck if you go for it.

I haven't done the yellow route on your map, can't comment on if it is better or worse.

Here is the approximate route I did both times. I took the miners trail from Palo Verde to Smoke Tree. If you don't do Pyramid, there is a native american trail that climbs from the the bottom of Smoke Tree on the west side of Pyramid and joins the ridgeline somewhere north of the peak before Marble. The benefit is once you gain the Pyramid ridgeline it is relatively easy going until the final climb to Rosa.

Don't know how all the old native american and miners trails have held up with some of the rain. Some were already hard to find and follow a couple years ago.




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Brian
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3/14/2024
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I made an attempt this morning, using the route that goes up Palo Verde canyon (this starts the same as Schad's route to Mile High). I was heavily influenced by this trip report since it said they made it to Rosa in 4 hours.
https://www.sdpeakbagger.com/2019/11/27/mile-high-mountain/
That's where I got the red track line on my map.

I made it as far as the ridge line above Palo Verde, but then I was facing a narrow ridge with steep dropoffs on both sides. My fear of heights kicked in. It didn't help that the forecast for the Santa Rosas called for possible gusts of up to 70 MPH.

I should have done the Pyramid route. I've summited Pyramid before, so I know I can make it that far. Next time.
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dsefcik
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3/15/2024
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At least you gave it a go and spent the day out in the desert....now you have an excuse to go again..!

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Brian
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3/16/2024
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dsefcik wrote:
At least you gave it a go and spent the day out in the desert....now you have an excuse to go again..!


Exactly. It was a nice day and I used the extra time to check out the section of Coyote Canyon road between the gate closure and boulder alley.

My nemesis


Unlucky former resident of Palo Verde Canyon


They weren't kidding about Coyote Creek taking over the road


Boulder alley is back to looking the way it did in 2012
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dsefcik
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3/16/2024
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You coulda taken that ridgeline, there is even a trail on it...🙂

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Scooter
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3/16/2024
Scooter
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That happens, makes you want to go back even more !
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Rocko1
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3/18/2024
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Brian wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
At least you gave it a go and spent the day out in the desert....now you have an excuse to go again..!


Exactly. It was a nice day and I used the extra time to check out the section of Coyote Canyon road between the gate closure and boulder alley.

My nemesis


Unlucky former resident of Palo Verde Canyon


They weren't kidding about Coyote Creek taking over the road


Boulder alley is back to looking the way it did in 2012



That ridge is calling my name!
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Brian
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3/18/2024
Brian
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Rocko1 wrote:

That ridge is calling my name!


I'd try it again if I had you along for moral support. And if it wasn't super gusty.
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surfponto
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3/21/2024
surfponto
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Nice pictures
Yeah I kind of don't blame you since you were solo hiking.
Maybe we can get Daren to take a visit out west. 🤔


Brian wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:

That ridge is calling my name!


I'd try it again if I had you along for moral support. And if it wasn't super gusty.

edited by surfponto on 3/21/2024

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Buford
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3/24/2024
Buford
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Nice ram skeleton.

I don't see any exposure on the ridge, I see a trail wink

It's been windy most times I've been up in that area.

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