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Ascent of Rosa Point on 2013-04-07

Climber: Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach

Others in Party:Christine Soskins
Date:Sunday, April 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rosa Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5000 ft / 1524 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left Carlsbad approx 4:30 am. We wanted an early start to beat the heat and give plenty of time to drive home and relax post hike.
Started hiking from the S-22 at the 31.8 mile mark at 6:34 am. Quickly found the use trail up to Villager, but noted all ducks and carins had been toppled over. Not really a big deal for Villager or Mile High, but it made the descent from Rosa slightly more difficult. We had a GPS track and have done plenty of hikes - but having ducks marking where a slight use trail is, is definitely an aid (in addition to GPS and maps).
Time up from the S-22 to Villager was 2:51 - steady pace without any stops. Steady pace and we felt good. 15 min at the top, and we descended to the saddle over Rattlesnake Canyon. Took a finger slightly north to a saddle off of the Villager Ridgeline. Took our time on the descent and 2/3 of the way down, we scrambled over to the finger directly to the north of the one we were on, and popped out on the saddle above Rattlesnake Canyon. The climb up was steep - fun, and challenging :) Steady up. When we saw the crooked pine tree, we knew we were close to the top. Time between Villager and Mile High was approx 1:45. Spent 12 minutes at the summit and headed along the GPS track from Mile High to Rosa. After clearing the first ridge line to the South of Mile High, Rosa was within sight. Steady over to Rosa and we were at the summit ? (time) shortly. 8 minutes on the summit. The descent off Rosa was the most challenging - having never been to Rosa this way (or up from the S-22 on the traiditional route) - we weren't sure what the ridgeline looked like. We follwed the GPS after a little bit of speculation and within 5 minutes, found our first duck. The ducks were a GREAT tool in addition to our GPS. Followed the use trail down until we hit the top of Palos Verdes Wash. Slight detour into the wash for a total of 45 minutes when we found a dry waterfall (30+ feet?) that was impassible. Retraced our steps, and 45 minutes later we were at the point where we entered the wash. There were no ducks OR signs of a use trail - but we followed the GPS onto the ridge directly to the West of the wash and quickly found our way. What look like ducks had been toppled over (like - 2 or 3 small stones scattered around the base of a larger one) - so if you ARE doing this route, make sure you have a map and/or GPS, or are familiar with the route. We followed the GPS and the further we descended on the trail, the more apparent the use trail was. At one point, we encountered two swarms of bees - living in 2 different Agave Plants. That was probably the most disconcerting for me... Otherwise, the rest of the descent was uneventful. Obvious ridegeline and clear use trail. Ended up at the base of Palos Verdes Wash and picked our way across the desert floor back to the cars, parked off the S-22 and mile marker 31.8. Total hike time was approx 10 hours. We planned on 9 hours (at the most) - but underestimated the route finding off Rosa and our scenic detour into the upper PV wash. Overall epic hike and beautiful day! WARM at the bottom. 5.5 liters of water was great for me - but I don't really drink a lot. Total hike distance was approx 19 miles - maybe 20...maybe 18. hard to tell with our wash detour. Elevation gain 7000+ feet. Epic day in the desert - fun getting my 47th HPS peak with a great hiking partner!
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