NorCal – Rose Peak
I was discussing the Six-Pack with a friend recently, telling him I planned to do the remaining three this year. Though I knew Rose Peak was accessible from both the west (Sunol Park) and the east (Del Valle), he mentioned that the Sunol entrance is easier. I’ve done it in previous years from both directions, without really thinking about the differences.
It appears that Sunol is about 2 miles further, but about 1000 feet less climbing. (It avoids the infamous “Big Burn”, but also skips Murrietta Falls, which is very nice in the rainy season…dry at other times. “Goat Rock” is along the Sunol route, but it’s technically off-limits.)