Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak Trail

HARD 10 reviews
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Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak Trail is a 23.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that offers scenic views. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking.

DISTANCE
23.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
8,015 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

views

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
14 days ago

This is a nice long hike over rugged terrain with amazing views most of the way. Physically it's not as demanding as the elevation gain may suggest. Mentally it can be quite challenging, due to the unreliable trail (it's more of a patchwork of often-faint paths with many gaps) and incessant hills between Villager and Rabbit. Navigation skills or a device with a long-lasting battery are necessary, though with just a few exceptions it's hard to truly go in the wrong direction during this hike. Some writeups warn about the various prickly plants, but I had no problem avoiding them despite a few close calls. The bigger hazard was the wind, which was strong all day and merciless at Rabbit. When I went early one February morning, there was no one else at the trailhead and I didn't see a soul all day. The remoteness and solitude (and views!) make this a very memorable hike.

backpacking
2 months ago

Rabbit Peak is an ass kicker! We brought 8Liters of water each and came close to running out and had to ration. The views are amazing and well worth the pain. If you’re trying to summit Rabbit the first day, give yourself extra time, the hike up along the ridgeline is tough one, lots of ups and down following very faint use trails and very tedious. The sunrise on Rabbit has to be one of my all time favorites yet!

backpacking
2 months ago

We backpacked up to Villager peak on Sat., November 24, 2018, then day hiked to Rabbit Peak and came down on Sunday. The weather was perfect for the hike. Daytime highs were in the 60s and the nighttime lows were in the 30s. After winds picked up after midnight, the real temperature at Villager Peak was probably in the 20s. But I was sleeping in my 0 degree speeling bag and felt very comfortable.

backpacking
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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!

backpacking
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

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.

backpacking
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

backpacking
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, January 20, 2015