Rose Peak

Peak Summited2019 Rose Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadSunol Regional Wilderness
EncounteredFall foliage
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

This was probably not the wisest choice in terms of when to hike this particular trail. It was during fire season, on an especially high-risk day. The winds were intense–we read afterward that they were considered hurricane force. When we began the hike at 8:00 in the morning, everything seemed fine. The Sunol Visitor Center was without power, but that didn't matter. We were hiking–who needs power for that? Well, we should have seen it as a sign. At 1:00, just before we were summiting Rose Peak (a little underwhelming, if I'm honest), authorities decided the fire risk was too high and they should close the park. Being in the middle of the wilderness and a good 9 miles from the park entrance, we had no idea. When we arrived back at the trailhead around 7:00 that evening, we were met by a ranger who'd been waiting on us for 6 hours. Between the intense wind and underwhelming views, this was definitely my least favorite of the six hikes. Maybe it would be better in the spring when the wildflowers were blooming? Definitely not recommended for fire season, though.

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