Ascent of Rose Hill on 2020-01-05

Climber: Brett Marciasini

Others in Party:Arthur Marciasini
Date:Sunday, January 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rose Hill
    Elevation:1506 ft / 459 m

Ascent Trip Report

Driven down highway 4 many times and never knew this was here. Such a cool little area that I would have never known about of not for the Nifty-90. They are not collecting entrance fees this time of year so we drove to the upper parking lot and started the hike. We went straight up the road through Rose Hill Cemetery where most of the stones were marked in the 1870s.

We continued onto Nortonville Pass and at the T-junction, we made a right up a single track trail. This part is actually pretty darn steep! You will get a nice burn. There were well over a hundred sheep just off to the west side of the trail and the few lingering in our way scooted aside as we came closer.

The summit views are pretty sweet! The Antioch Bridge and delta sprawl out below, while off in the distance we could make out the snow capped Crystal Range.

On the way back down, the sheep had moved right into our path. There were about 50 on the left side of the trail, 20 on the trail, and dozens to the left. As we started down, two sheep dogs came racing up the trail and the sheep all started to move. Honestly, I’m not sure if a sheep dog would bite you for walking through the flock and with my 8-year old, didn’t want to chance it. We went off trail east on the ridge line through the grass and we found a game/sheep trail that cut down the steep side of this mountain all the way down to the cemetery. You can see our track on here.

On the way out, stop at the lower parking lot and check out the nice little visitor center. They have 3 lives snakes, including a rattler. When my son looked in the glass it coiled and rattled. Definitely the only way I like to hear them!

All I all, a very nice regional park. Clean bathrooms and ample parking. Will come back this spring when the mines are opened up to the public.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:886 ft / 270 m
    Total Elevation Loss:88 ft / 26 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:886 ft / 270 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 798 ft / 244 m; Extra: 88 ft / 26m
    Loss on way in:88 ft / 26 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.8 km
    Start Trailhead:Somersville Staging Area  708 ft / 215 m
    Time:32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Brett Marciasini
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