Looking for a great trail in Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Santa Rosa Mountains State Wilderness ranging from 2.7 to 15.4 miles and from 921 to 6,587 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking

no shade
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Completed over a two day trip, need to pay attention to the gps especially in the beginning and near the summit. Bring 2 gallons minimum, only had 6.5 and almost dropped dead in the dessert. Beautiful views all around though totally worth it

off road driving
rocky
3 months ago

It was really easy ride with my stock 2019 Wrangler JL Moab edition until you get to the end of the trail. Some parts are very narrow with large rocks on both sides. We had to move some rocks around to get through. Got some dings and scratches on the bottom and the bumpers try to go through without relocating some rocks. Well, we made it somewhat easier for others to pass through. Haha... it was fun nonetheless!

off road driving
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

It’s okay. Nothing super technical but it does get tight and rocky at the apex.

backpacking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Seriously though, hardest hike in Anza Borrego, and that is saying something. You need a lot of water and a lot of gumption for this one. All off trail, so bring a GPS track or know how to use a map. Unbelievable hike though with amazing views and quite a bit of remoteness. I cannot stress enough how difficult this hike is though. Please be prepared. I backpacked it and camped out at the base of the final ascent, which is 3000' in a mile or so, then hit that in the morning and high tailed it back to my vehicle. Amazing experience all around.

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked this trail on Friday 2/8, a clear nice day. Trails on the south side are still covered with snow, but passable with just plain hiking shoes. The first 1/2 miles facing west/north is not very interesting. Once the trail turn south, the scenery opens up and is beautiful. The trail on last quarter miles have serious soft, muddy trails n hard to get past. This is caused by the melting snow running into the trail. We were sliding left and right. :(. You can see the mountain s and Canyon in 360 degree at the end of the trail. We took many photo breaks, and took 3.5 hr to finish. Very nice hike.

off trail
5 months ago

off road driving
7 months ago

it was fun, but a bit of a bumpy ride getting in.

hiking
Monday, April 23, 2018

Lots of people, mainly PCT hikers (obviously!). Good views and easy ascent. Overall nice hike but watch for ticks! My wife swatted one off her pants and my daughter had one in her hair! Horror! Didn’t see any bites and we are remaining hopeful that we dodged the worst.

hiking
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Nice trail. If u don’t have an SUV and have to walk the first part it will be 10 km in total. Took us three hours up and down. Definitely some scrambling. View is amazing. Lots of loose rocks on the way up that’s why I only rate 4 stars.

hiking
Monday, February 19, 2018

This hike has some beautiful views and is great if you’re looking to put some tough, leg-burning miles into your boots. The first challenge is picking up the trail. There is basically no maintained trail from the road to the canyon where the trail really starts. We scrambled around the foothills for about an hour before finding the correct canyon. After a short walk up the canyon, the route cuts up a very steep portion of the canyon’s western wall. This turn was easy to miss and the trail is barely perceptible in some parts. The gravely, cactus-y wash underfoot was pretty unstable and made for some hairy scrambling. Once we made it to the ridge line, the trail became easier to follow, but the terrain underfoot remained very challenging, steep and narrow. At several points, a misstep in the crumbly wash could have meant a serious fall, injury or worse. We ended up turning around about halfway in. Bring a lot of water and proper footwear for this one. I would not recommend doing it alone. I also would not want to descend in the dark, so leave plenty of daylight. This trail is great if you’re looking for a long, rugged, somewhat daring ridge scramble. It rewards you with beautiful views and solitude, but is not for the faint of heart.

backpacking
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Better views than Rabbit Peak! We took a different and much easier route up following the ridge to Villager and crossing over the ridge to Mile High Peak and then back.

hiking
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Your typical Anza cactus fest. Amazing views at the top. This one is steep. Kinda like a longer San Ysidro Mtn.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Very little shade, wear sunscreen. Harder walking to rock house due to soft sand. Very cool to see and the history is interesting.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Nice trail! But the branch off of the PCT to the top of the hill doesn't exist. You could bushwack it but it'd be a pain. But this section of the PCT is beautiful! Well worth it!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This hike started out on the PCT which while easy has beautiful views. There never was a real trail off the PCT to get to lookout mountain. My kids scrambled up what appeared to be a path but it wasn't. We have scrambled up other mountains before and enjoyed the challenge and views. This hike up to the lookout offered no better view than from the PCT trail. Instead I would recommend continuing on the PCT because around every corner is another breathtaking view.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

it's remote and peaceful and must do.

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

I hiked this with my brother it was really nice and easy but beautiful and interesting we actually went about 5 miles in so 10 miles round trip. we would do it again!

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