Ascent of Rose Peak on 2017-03-11

Climber: Kimberly St.Clair

Date:Saturday, March 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rose Peak
    Elevation:3817 ft / 1163 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was on the trail head for Rose peak at 9:30 from the Sunol side of the wilderness. I went up the McCorkle trail to the backpack area. I enjoyed my hiking, saw various wildlife, including a large toad in a hole, California quail, buffleheads, thousands of ground squirrels, and hawks scooping them up for lunch. Then 2 miles through the water district and finally into the Ohlone wilderness. Telles Rock is mildly interesting, but this area is the rolling grass hills that you would expect. I got to a trail marker and was surprised that I was not as far along as I thought. My 16 mile hike was actually going to be 20. I started my math in my head and decided that 3pm would need to be my turn around time, and breaks would have to be limited if was going to be doing this before the park closed. I drank about ½ liter on san Benito hike, so I thought I would be fine with 1 ½ knowing that there would be drinking water near Rose Peak. Turns out I was very thirsty and was out of water by the time I got to Doe Canyon turn off. The sign on the trail said potable water. So I head up to rose peak with visions of hiking back down to Doe Canyon and drinking my fill of cool potable water.

Rose peak is known as the highest peak on public land in the county at 3,817 feet. It’s sort of unremarkable, looking like a grass swept hill with a couple of oak. However, the views of all my local peaks of Mission and Diablo were great, along with the Bay and SJ, SF, and the windmills of the Altamont was well worth the work. I summited at 2:30, and figured that I did 10 miles up and needed 10 miles to get back. This must be the best time of the year to do the hike, the hills were green and alive with wildflowers, small creeks flowing, the duck ponds where inhabited with duck and frogs, and the weather was temperate.

I headed back down to Doe camp, found that the water was flowing richly, but was not potable. I had water tablets, and that thought of drinking my fill dissipated as I watched all the little critters floating it. I made it back to my car at 6:30pm just as the sun was setting and before they closed the gates. So it was a success, if not a very long hike.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:20 mi / 32.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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