This hike to Villager Peak in the Santa Rosa Mountains of Anza Borrego Desert State Park is a rugged up and back climb through a harsh and beautiful desert landscape. The hike is located about 12 miles northeast of Borrego Springs, about two to three hours drive from San Diego or Los Angeles.
Trail Type: Out-and-Back
Trail Length: 13 miles
Elevation Gain: 5100 feet
Trail Condition: Bushwacking
Dogs Allowed? Yes
Trail Activities: Hiking
This is a rugged desert trail, most of which follows a ridgeline to the peak. The area is typically hot and dry, requiring hikers to bring a lot of drinking water.
Cactus, Heat, Mountain Lions, Snakes
The hike starts from the north side of S-22, about 5.6 miles east of the Lier Peg Leg Smith monument. There is a small sign at the parking area south of S-22 that reads "Thimble Trail".
Trailhead Coordinates: 33.302916,-116.197938