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Best trails in Santa Rosa Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Santa Rosa Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 6 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 4 hard trails in Santa Rosa Wilderness ranging from 12.4 to 23.8 miles and from 308 to 6,646 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The stark Colorado Desert, with its agave, ocotillo, and creosote, rises up boulder-strewn and eroded canyons to chaparral, juniper, and pine-covered ridges. Elevations change drastically from just above sea level to over 7,000 feet. Seemingly desolate and inhospitable, the Santa Rosa Mountains are laced with deep washes and shallow drainages. Several riparian streams flow year-round. Blistering summer heat is sometimes relieved by thunderstorms that send torrents of water down the sandy washes. Many of these regions are important lambing sites for bighorn sheep; in fact, the mountains support the largest herd of rare peninsular bighorn sheep in the United States. Coniferous forests high in these mountains provide habitat for mule deer, while the desert below houses numerous reptiles including the desert slender salamander. Great horned owls soar in the night skies, and falcons and eagles nest and forage throughout the Wilderness. The primary access into the Wilderness is the 9.5-mile Cactus Spring Trail.

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Map of trails in Santa Rosa Wilderness
Park information
Acreage:
72679 acres
Park hours
Monday
All day
Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
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Saturday
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Sunday
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Contact
909-382-2921
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Top trails (6)
#1 - Boo Hoff Trail
Santa Rosa Wilderness
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 6 h 42 m
Boo Hoff Trail is a 12.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near La Quinta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity optShow more
#2 - Cactus Spring Trail
Santa Rosa Wilderness
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Length: 30.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
Cactus Spring Trail is a 30.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a nShow more
#3 - La Quinta Cove
Santa Rosa Wilderness
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
La Quinta Cove is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Quinta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily Show more
#4 - Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak Trail
Santa Rosa Wilderness
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Length: 23.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
Hike north from S-22 across the desert floor for a mile, then continue straight up for the next several miles to Villager Peak. From there, either spend the night and summit Rabbit Peak in the morningShow more
#5 - Villager Peak Trail
Santa Rosa Wilderness
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Length: 13.6 mi • Est. 8 h 48 m
Villager Peak Trail is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#6 - Sheep Mountain Trail
Santa Rosa Wilderness
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 6 h 58 m
Sheep Mountain Trail is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Desert, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adveShow more