Coachella Valley H3 Hash
Saturday, August 15, 2009 5:00pm
CVH3 #00,003 and Campout
Hare(s): Drag (who else?)
Location: Top of Santa Rosa Mountain
Directions: From Coachella Valley- Find Hwy. 74 where Monterey meets Hwy.111 and head south almost 19 miles on the Palms-to-Pines Highway and up into the hills. Go past the Sugarloaf Cafe, past Pinyon Crest to the Santa Rosa Truck Trail turn-off on the left. From San Diego and all points west- Take I-15 to Hwy. 79 east out of Temecula. (This is the way you would go to a Humpiní campout.) Go past Vail Lake to Aguanga. Donít blink! Thereís only a post office and general store. Follow the signs to Indio and turn left to go north on Hwy. 371. Youíll go up the hill, past the Cahuilla Casino, through Anza and up some more to the T-section at Hwy 74 at Paradise Corner. (If you donít feel like cooking later, stop in at the Paradise Cafe for great food and service.) Turn right and head northeast here onto the Pines-to-Palms Highway. At around 5.2 miles you will see the turn right onto Santa Rosa Truck Trail. This is where youíll want decent ground clearance for the dirt road to the top. Youíll be off pavement for around 9 miles. Stay on the main trail until you reach the ridge that extends east to Toro Peak. Bear right on the fork in the road and go to the top. There you will find Santa Rosa peak at the site of an old cabin where only the chimney and fireplace remain. Pick your favorite spot along the small network of roads and pitch your tent.
Run Fee: Free! B.Y.O.Everything! Be sure to include a six-pack of your favorite beverage for the Circle and down-downs after the trail.
Trail type: (not specified)
Dog friendly: (not specified)
We have been chased away from the sweltering heat of the desert floor. At the time of this posting the high temperature for Santa Rosa Mountain is forecast to be 76į. Thatís 38į cooler than the 114į in Palm Desert at the bottom of Highway 74!!
The hare will be off at 5:69 pm Saturday night. Donít let that stop you from getting up there Friday evening for a campout. This is primitive camping, meaning that there are no facilities. Bring your own water and be prepared to pack out your own trash. There are supermarkets in Temecula and Palm Desert for those of you who will want to get your provisions on the way up. Anza has a small market and a Circle K.
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