Ascent of Rose Peak on 2015-04-11

Climber: Swingshift Hiker

Date:Saturday, April 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rose Peak
    Elevation:3817 ft / 1163 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a month of de-conditioning due to illness (no cardio, only a small peak last week), this was a tough first peak with which to restart. But, it was the last on my the Everest By the Bay series, so I was determined, if not quite prepared. My niece and I parked in the lot just outside the campground, as the sign warned that the gate to the campground with the trail head would close at 8pm. We didn't hit the trail head until 11am, so there was a fair likelihood of not getting back to the car in time. From the parking lot, it is a little under a half mile walk to the Sailor Camp trail head. Had I known about it, I would have made a left in my car after the bridge, and parked at the lot across from the Vallecitos trail head, which would have shaved off about a mile round trip. Both the Vallecitos and Sailor Camp trails converge in less than a mile at the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, where there is an information board that asks through hikers to sign in with their destination. The Ohlone Wilderness Trail, which is followed the rest of the way to the peak, it broad in most places and very well marked, which came in handy since we walked that last 3 hours in the dark. The two major ridges and three minor ridges on the trail add a lot of elevation. Coming from Del Valle, there aren't very good views to the west, over the bay, until you actually get to Rose Peak. The views from the summit are panoramic.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5692 ft / 1734 m
    Extra Gain:1300 ft / 396 m
    Round-Trip Distance:21 mi / 33.8 km
    Trailhead:725 ft / 220 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford

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