DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
961 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

off road driving

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

over grown

rocky

washed out

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

You will need a high clearance vehicle to access this trailhead, possibly a 4WD vehicle in early spring when the creeks are flowing high. You will turn at the rest stop and continue going through the cattle guard. Veer right at the first crossing, then left at the second crossing where the road will get rougher. We parked a few hundred feet before the trail starts. Like other trails in this wilderness, there doesn't seem to be any maintenance. Some parts are washed out or overgrown, so we had downloaded the topo map to keep on trail. You see cool rock formations on this short hike though! There some phyllite and I think sandstone. The trail eventually ends ~2.5 miles in where you have excellent views of Santa Rosa peak. From what I've read from peakbaggers, this is the shortest route to summit the peak but you have to bushwhack it from this trail. The aspens in the fall were pretty, and I'm sure when there's snow on Santa Rosa Peak, it's beautiful!