Anza-Borrego Desert: Villager peak

Rating *****
Length 14.5 mile (Round trip) - 8 hour, 20 minutes, Moderate.
Elevation 1000 - 5756 feet
Access See below.

A hike to the popular, thus well travelled Villager peak.
The trail starts level on an old dirt road and eventually crosses the Rattlesnake wash.
Cross the Rattlesnake wash and start climbing. From now on expect to climb about 1000 feet each hour.
At one point the route gets very close to a 1000+ feet drop, this is a concern especially going downhill when the path is rather slippery.

The ridge trail provides an excellent view on both sides of the ridge, with Clark dry lake on the west, Rattle snake canyon on the east and later the Salton Sea on the east.
Notice Rattlesnake spring on the right (east), a green spot surrounded by white rock.
The 'trail' is fairly obvious in most places and often marked by cairns, when in doubt, stay close to the ridge. The trail for the most part is fairly easy, except for a couple of rocky stretches.
It's obvious that starting early is the best option for a day hike.
March and April, with a preferred temperature between 70-90 is ideal for this trip.
Wind and snow may be an issue on this route.

How to get here:
Park at the parking along the S22 at mile 32. (All cars)
This is opposite the signed Thimble trail.

Disclaimer: Read this first before you start your hike. Contact: info/at/borregohiking/./com (leave out the /)
Hiking the Borrego Springs Area (Anza-Borrego Desert SP, Cuyamaca Rancho SP, Imperial Sand Dunes (Algodones Dunes), Laguna Mountain, Warner Springs) California, Hike with gps, gpx and kml (Google Earth).

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