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hiking
8 days ago

Great challenge! On Sept 14 there still was a trickle of water at High Creek; I could have packed 4-5 lbs lighter. I did drink about 4.5 liter - in full sun it still was warm at the top. I saw about a dozen other hikers on a Friday. Weather was great, views were fairly clear, and it was another glorious day on the trail.

Awesome hike! A good portion of the trail is shaded & some water was available. Be careful what you leave in your car, saw a black bear in the parking lot.
Just like everyone else has said, that first mile and those last couple miles to the peak will get ya. To me, all the miles in-between were relatively easy & enjoyable. For a bit I forgot I was in SoCal, it looked like the Pacific Northwest. On the way back, those miles were long, probably because I wanted back to the car.
My pup and I started at 715am & got to the peak at 145pm. It seemed to take everyone we talked to about 6-6.5 hours to summit. The way back took about 4.5 hours.

Hiked this trail on Labor Day. The weather was pretty good and not too much traffic on the trail. We only made it to Alger Creek but that was a great spot to have lunch by the creek. The hike was just under 8 miles round trip.

Hard hike more or less uphill for a bit over 9 miles. Water available at Vivian Creek and High Creek Camps (Sept 03, 2018). You don't need a Wilderness Permit for a day hike (but they are highly recommended to help with trail management and S&R if something goes wrong). Wilderness permits are required for all overnight hikes - they're available from the Mill Creek Visitor Center on the way in. Rangers were checking overnight permits on Sept 02, 2018. Wind can be very strong and very cold at the top - make sure you bring warm clothes!

Expansive network of trails, so SO cool :)

Legs were shot day after, what a workout!

IT IS NOT a 17miles hike, it is 20 miles hike! This is a difficult trail especially the first 2 and the last 3 miles. It took me 7 hours to reach the top and 4 out of 7 hours were spent on the last 3 miles because of the high altitude and steep elevation gain. I had 5 l of water/coffee/Gatorade with me and it was enough for me. It took me 4 hours to get back. Our hike started at 5:15 am and we were back to the car at 5:30pm (11 hrs walking time, around 12 hrs total time). Be ready both physically and mentally to hike this peak !

mountain biking
23 days ago

First time at this trail, wow what a Mountain bike play ground I’ll be back for sure.

hiking
25 days ago

We hiked a small portion of Vivian creek in June 2018. Very nice trail. Easy to follow. Has a lot of switchbacks and pretty steep climb. Pretty shady, but the next time we will start earlier in the day to avoid the heat. Adventure Pass Required for parking.

on Skyline Drive

26 days ago

I like this trail for the distance. the recent fire not withstanding, good views. Wear a weighted vest if you want to add too it. water pack, walking sticks,

28 days ago

Trail open all the way to the Doppler radar, despite the fire damage all along and right up to the sides of the trail.
still one of my favorites.
Enjoy!

One of the hardest but best hikes I have ever completed. Highest peak here in southern California. Did this hike around mid August. The hike was about 60% shade due to the forest. Towards the top it was warm sunny day but also chilly cold breeze. Beware of elevation sickness and pack a large lunch!

Vivian Creek Trail is now open after the Valley Fire. The trail open up on 08/15/2018.
SGWA

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is back open as of August 15. Check with the Mill Creek Ranger station to confirm that it has not been closed again, but the fire has been contained more and it has been considered safe to use this trail. We hiked it on August 17 and had to hurry down from the peak due to a thunderstorm that was coming in. Overall, this is a great hike. The trail is a little rocky and eroded in spots, but definitely worth doing.

beautiful local hike, have been bringing the kids here since they started walking...great environment to get them outdoors at a young age.

This was a challenging hike. There isn't a lot of shade so take lots of water and sunblock. it's a good incline all the way but the views are pretty nice from the top. Be aware trucks use this road a lot but most seem to be careful when they see you. Just get to the side and use common sense and it's not that bad.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking for this trail is on Foothill Parkway, not in the neighborhood. This was a great hike. I did it in the evening starting at 5:30 PM. Total hike to Beeks Place and back was a brisk 3 hours for me - I am pretty fast and ran part of the way down. I watched the sunset on the hike down and enjoyed the city lights from Corona. I highly recommend an evening hike - there was a lot of shade on the way up and hiking after sunset was not an issue - lots of ambient light and there were other hikers and MTBs too. I had a great view of the crescent moon with Jupiter trailing in the western sky with a lovely view of Mars to the south. When I got to Bleeks Place, the gate was closed (easy to go around) with a sign that said "Closed to all uses" with the Trabuco Canyon Ranger Stations phone number.

on Skyline Drive

1 month ago

This is a fire trail that is maintained & a good conditioning hike but for a good workout take the short cuts. Unfortunately the recent fire has closed the trail for a while.

A challenging and rewarding trail.

1 month ago

It’s open and the weather was great...started at 6am...

Great leg and core strengthening trail!

Love this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

I started this around 6pm and was in the shade the whole time which was nice. Single track, many flat portions. The beginning of this hike is not so great for the first 10 minutes as you walk by some construction and very soft dirt. The beginning of the fort trail past the construction was not super obvious.. After that it’s great. The last 50 feet or so are pretty steep to get to the top.

Hard but was a good trail beautiful

Easy to find trails difficult to find which trail is what. We were trying to find tin mine (this is before I found this app) and we followed the main trail to the Doppler thinking it was tin mine. We went 5 miles up until some lady’s that stopped us told us that it is 5 miles back down the direction we came and two miles out. As we walked down with them they told us about all trail app which is SOO nice. I just wish they had more signs.

One of my favorite hikes on the list of six pack of peaks. I’ve hiked this twice. Once with backpacking and once as a day trip. Just like everyone says, the first mile is quite an incline and got me huffing and puffing. Then the last two miles to the summit was a struggle. I had to stop every couple steps to catch my breathe. I don’t recommend camping at the summit because it’s super windy and could not sleep all night as the tent kept shaking. The top is usually windy and a bit chilly

Pretty good hike. Not too busy for a 4th of July

hiking
2 months ago

Very good hike. I went with my boyfriend and our dog. I was highly disappointed with the about of dog poop littered throughout the hike but other than that I had a great time!

hiking
2 months ago

I love this hike, it can be hard or easy, depends how much you can take.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Start early in the summer months. The volunteer Lookouts were nice guys.

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