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Ascent of Rose Peak on 2021-03-05

Climber: Neil Smith

Date:Friday, March 5, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rose Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3817 ft / 1163 m

Ascent Trip Report

Goal was to hit Discovery Peak and then Rose Peak. Weather was very pleasant, given forecasts of a storm system coming soon. Due to Covid restrictions, I had to park just across the bridge, adding an extra 1/2 mile, either by going up the road to the end of the Ohlone Trail or the other way to pick up the Vallecitos Trail. I chose the latter and ran the road section because it was boring. The trail though was great, much better than the fire road that I could have taken.

Vallecitos then drops you onto the fire road which climbs steeply up to the ridge, before gradually then quickly dropping into Williams Canyon. The loss of altitude is demoralizing, especially when you begin the tough ascent out of it. The next couple of miles are strenuous for sure, before gaining the ridge. From there, it's a pleasant and lumpy rolling hike until the 7 mile mark, where you have to take the left fork and pass into the EBRPD land bank. About 3/4 mile further on you'll see the peak to the left, marked by the comms tower. Halfway up you cross a fence - if following my track, find the spot where it crossed it coming down - it's a gate without barbed wire and easier to traverse. Couldn't find a register at the summit.

After returning to the road I continued on, coming across a large, newish travel trailer parked by the road. I approached quietly, not wishing to make contact, but didn't see anyone around. The trail then began a moderate descent before leaving the land bank and rejoining the main trail. Shortly afterwards I came to a fork: Rose Peak and the Ohlone trail to the left, and Maggie's Half Acre to the right (sign is faded). Before long I was on the flanks of Rose Peak. You have to take an unmarked side trail to get to the top, whereupon you find magnificent 360 degree views of the South Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mount Diablo, Livermore Valley and more. On a less hazy day I imagine you could see the Sierras.

There was one day hiker at the summit eating his lunch, and I did the same, demolishing the carnitas burrito I had picked up in Livermore on the way. I also had to make the decision about whether to take the road through the land bank on the way back, or the longer regular trail which also lost and gained a good 400 feet of altitude. I decided to see how I felt at the decision point, and the initial descent was bothering my toes so I opted for the flatter and unofficial route, hoping not to see anyone at the travel trailer.

The rest of the return journey was routine, although the drop into Williams Canyon took me by surprise. I couldn't believe how steep it was, and I certainly didn't remember it being too bad on the way up. I stopped at Williams Creek to soak my feet in the cold water and filter some water before the last major climb out of the canyon. Made it back to the car at 5pm, having left at 10:10am. A long and rewarding day on the trail!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4902 ft / 1493 m
    Extra Gain:923 ft / 281 m
    Round-Trip Distance:20.3 mi / 32.7 km
    Route:Ohlone Wilderness Trail
    Trailhead:761 ft / 231 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 0 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Ohlone '21

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Schlieper Rock2021-03-053185 ft / 971 m
2Discovery Peak2021-03-053977 ft / 1212 m
3Rose Peak2021-03-054902 ft / 1494 m
Total Trip Gain: 12064 ft / 3677 m    Total Trip Loss: 12064 ft / 3677 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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