Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak Trail

HARD 7 reviews
#4 of 5 trails in

Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak Trail is a 23.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Lodge, California that offers scenic views. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking.

23.8 miles
8,015 feet
Out & Back







no dogs

Hike north from S-22 across the desert floor for a mile, then straight up for the next several to Villager Peak. From there, either spend the night and summit Rabbit Peak in the AM, or continue on and spend the night on Rabbit Peak. Could be done as an excruciating day hike.

6 months ago

This trail is one of the most challenging, difficult, and mentally exhausting expeditions you will find yourself attempting. It is also one of the most rewarding. It should be reinstated that, if you are wanting anything less than a wicked adventure and like easy-to-follow trails, then pick a different hike. Do not attempt this as a day hike, and have an understanding and respect for the mountains, the desert terrain, and the unpredictability of the two. Navigation skills are essential. The sunset and sunrise on Rabbit are not to be missed!

7 months ago

This is a very strenuous up and down hike over sand, rock and scree. The trail up to Villager is easy to follow, even at night with flashlights. It gets fainter but exists up to Rabbit. We backpacked up to the turn off to Mile-High and day hiked to Rabbit and back. The next morning we hiked over to Mile-High and back, and then descended the mountain. The views from Villager and Mile-High were awesome.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Love this rolling ridge in early spring, gorgeous views.

Monday, February 27, 2017

This hike is TOUGH. Did it as an overnight. Camped out on Rabbit. Saw some other people who camped at Villager. Either way, you're gonna be sore. Views abound, lotsa wind. My new pick for most difficult San Diego hike for sure. Truly satisfying.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Tuesday, January 20, 2015