Explore the most popular birding trails in San Gorgonio Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Started at Whitewater Preserve and hiked the PCT north. Took the Stone House (Mission Creek) Trail to the right at about 3.75 miles. Just over 2 more miles to the Stone House. Really nice hike.

This trail was absolutely beautiful. The first mile and the last couple miles up are the hardest but trekking poles help a ton. The juice is worth the squeeze on this one as the sights from up top are breathtaking.

Amazing views. very long hike on a very rocky and sometimes slippery trail. first and last parts were brutal, the first part also on the way down due to the strain on the knees (even with hiking poles). Are the views worth the pain? happy I did it, won't do it again.

Was looking for a new trail to hike, have been wanting to do this hike for awhile, but due to the fires in recent years it has been on hold, we also used this as a test hike for an up coming overnight camp and San G summit trip.
Lots of parking available, and restrooms at the start of the trail. We started at 7:15am with 3L of water. The trail has a moderate incline at first, then it is a gradual incline for the first mile until you reach the old horse ranch. Be aware you are hiking through a burn area for a majority of the hike, but there is a different beauty in the landscape. Some people don’t like it, we on the other hand enjoyed it. We did pass a small creek with water, saw a couple deer and lots of birds.
The second section, as you leave the ranch is also very moderate incline, more switch backs on this section, but the trail is easy, lots of nice views, still in the burn area. The last section, before you come to the Dollar Lake/ Dry Lake, is a straight gradual incline, not difficult at all.
It took us a couple hours to reach the split, when continued up towards the right to Dollar Lake. This early section was not hit by the fires to bad, more green trees, but the trail dose change in elevation gain. Definitely steeper grade and the trail is more rocker than before. Also be aware, their is more open area as you get higher, so have your sunblock on. You still pass areas of burned out trees and manzanita bushes. Did pass one small Marsh area with a little water coming out. Good views of San Gorgonio Mountain going up
Reached the split down to Dollar Lake around 11ish, no sign mark’s the trail down to Dollar Lake. It is .5 miles down. The trail is not maintained much, lots of downed trees over the trail, had to use previous rock markers to guide us down in spots. Have read that in June, a crew is going to start clearing out all the dead trees that have fallen down over the trail. Only spotted a couple camp site areas, and the lake is bone dry also. My recommendations, is not to go down their until the trail is cleared, plus it’s only 0.7 miles up to the saddle, if you don’t go down to Dollar Lake.
Around 12:30 we started the decent back to the car, took out the go pro and got some nice footage of the area. Stopped at the split again, lots of water flowing down, Santa Ann Creek?, great place to fill or refill your bottles. Saw only tow other hikes the entire day, they were going to Dry Lake to camp. Got back to the car about 3:15. Next time we will hike to Dry Lake, camp, then summit San G

Beautiful trail, definitely recommend Summiting in the fall and winter when you get to use crampons, it’s and unforgettable experience and the view of the the snowed mountains is priceless.

Great trail! Really well maintained. The first mile and last two are the toughest parts. Really beautiful and worth the hike! I did it in 2 days, but it could easily be done as a day hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Exceptional trail! A lot of hard work went into creating and maintaining this trail. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning. The overall distance from the parking lot to the old campground and back was 8 Miles (according to my wife’s Fitbit).

Well worth the effort!
The hardest trail I've done so far. Great training for bigger challenges. My favorite trail and peak of the 6 packs. Will be back again! Took our 2 dogs and they are slumbering for days now, mission complete!

Pretty hard because of steepness but the views are GREAT

I was lucky to have my friend Ryan, an experienced ultra runner and trail junkie take my slow ass up this awesome mountain. It’s a pretty big climb so be prepared, yet totally doable for anyone that’s in good shape. I loved it and can’t wait to do it again.

Amazing hike. Completed on 5/28. No need for microspikes. 1st mile and last before summit are the toughest, but worth it! There is plenty of water...best to fill up at High creek before and after summit bid.

4/28-29/18. No snow, some but not a heavy flow of water at high creek camp. Already crowded. Great hike though.

Hiked 4 28 18. The trail is in good shape. No need for spikes. This one is long. The section from 10k to 11k feet is brutal. Start early and take your time.

Hiked 4/21/18... hardly any snow on trail.. lucked out with perfect condition! The view at the top is amazing. The key to this hike is to start early!

Great Hike (13-14 APR 2018). My GPS showed 21 total miles round trip... We stayed on the trail. I think that the switchbacks have been extended. Friday on ascent we only saw 3 other people. Saturday, on our decent we saw about 40 hikers on their way up. Used only trekking poles.

Started this hike at 5am. There were already a few cars parked at the trail head. The trail is distinctly marked with signs from the trail head as you cross the Mill Creek River Bed.

It took us about 6 hours to ascend to the peak. We definitely took our sweet time. The weather was just too perfect! Hardly any wind at all and a cool 65 degrees for most of the hike. Still a few patches of snow and ice, but microspikes it not necessary. I would recommend trekking poles hiking back down due to the speed descend.

Be aware that once you come down the peak, don’t take the peak divide trail by accident. That will take you to the San Bernardino Peak, make sure you take the trail to the left.

Overall, one of the most beautiful hikes out here in the Inland Empire.

Bonus: We saw a bobcat hiding in a small cave.

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Started at 5AM and took about 9.5H from the Vivian Creek trailhead to summit and return. There is minimal snow above 8k and was perfectly fine with poles and microspikes / yaktrax. Crampons and axe are unnecessary right now. The initial switchbacks and elevation gain are brutal and even worse when coming down. Take as little weight as possible to save your knees.

Fantastic challenging trail. Completed 10/6/17. From trailhead to summit - 5 hrs. Weather was perfect in early October.

The trail is very difficult and conditions are terrible deep snow and ice are all over the trail but the view at the top is amazing the trip should take you about two days make sure to bring appropriate clothing and a tent

Proper preperation prevents poor performance.

March 20th was my third time on the mountain this winter and I had the pleasure of bringing the girlfriend recently.
Started at 3 am so we could be high enough for some good morning shots. Together we reached a point about 2.5 miles from the peak but the girlfriend was dead! She just got back the morning before from a week long trip to Bali so I don't blame her. Ran/Jogged the last 2 miles up. There's two little peaks at the top but I went to the one 20 feet lower in elevation so I could save the real peak for the girlfriend and I. All in all a good experience with the right gear..and weather lol

Is this trail open ?

came back a week and half later to do the whole hike. Brought my buddies with me, awesome hike only saw a hand full of people. The trail is beautiful all the way greenery! 3/11/18 there was still snow so that was awesome too.

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2 months ago

My two Boys, Nephew, and Myself took Momyer Creek ( camped at Saxton) continued to San Gorgonio Peak and came down Vivian Creek Trail...
it was an intense hike but very rewarding ... it was an overnight trip we went in July of 2016.

awesome hike in the snow! only went as far as the snow let us, about a mile in. regardless it was beautiful can't eait to come back and get to the meadow.

Hiked San Gorgonio in the snow the morning of feb 25th via the Vivian Creek trail, nobody else heading up so had to make fresh tracks in the snow and had the peak to myself for a little while, beautiful day but hard work. Met a few guys heading up from other trailheads and camps later on. There is Snow and Ice on most of the trail from the trailhead and up. After High Creek the trail is fully covered and not visible, so I just headed straight up instead of trying to find the switchbacks up to the ridge. I used microspikes, which was fine. Others might prefer crampons. Some post holing from High Creek. Once you get to the San Gorgonio mountain conditions are similar to last weekend with wind blown packed snow that you dont sink into. I could see snow covered mountains in Sierra Nevada and Death Valley on this very clear day. Open water at High Creek and Vivian Creek, I drank some from High Creek without filtering on my way down, tasted wonderful. I would say the snow makes the hike about 25% harder. Wonderful!

Hiked on Sunday 2/18. Pretty Consistent snow from high creek up. Brought micro-spikes, but did not use them. If you’re uncomfortable on snow they would probably be nice to have. Other than that; beautiful views to be had! Prepare for a long day, we started at 7.15 and finished around 6.

1 29.18 | group of 4, me and 3 other buddies, one who is not an avid hiker (he died 3/4s of the way, but we got him to push and he lived & absolutely loved the trek down!). we started around 6:45a. phenomenal! lots of snow, knee deep in parts. icy in parts as well. overall, not bad and temperatures were perfect, about 40 all day. we got back to the start about 12 hours later right before sunset. we stopped for 2 hours at dollar lake for lunch and to absorb the majesty. we have all been to dollar multiple times prior, but never with snow. completely different hike than when dry / no snow! poles are a must! have fun!

I summited San G on Friday, February 9th, 2018. I started my hike at VC Trailhead at 6:4t am solo. Made it to the summit and back in 10 hours exactly. A personal record. The top half of the trail was covered in snow. Enough snow to make it challenging, but not too much to make it dangerous. I felt confident hiking fast with micro spikes and hiking poles. I have been keeping a close eye on San G’s weather the past weeks and months. I would NEVER attempt this trail alone in february, had we not had a dry year like this year.

Plenty of footsteps all the way through the snow made by pervious hikers. No need for a gps device when I was up there. That could very well change after a storm.

Check the weather. Have the proper gear. Do your training. Let someone know about your destination and time and have a beautiful hike.

Decided to do this hike to start off 2018 the right way. Made it to the trailhead by 6 and it was still dark as could be. Took me 7 hours to summit due to elevation sickness and another 4 hours to come back down. Easily one of the most memorable hikes I've done and was able to have the summit to myself for 30 minutes. Wasn't the hardest hike i've done but definitely the longest. Beautiful scenery and just an amazing hike in general. If i had to do it again, i would definitely camp and acclimate to the elevation.

Was up here a couple days ago. Took the day off and started out early in the morning. Been hiking up here for awhile. Never disappointed with seeing wildlife. Very pretty up here. Not recommended for beginners though. You should have the right gear and experience to attempt this trail. Good luck

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