This felt like a long hike, and not as steep as Baldy Bowl but it doesn’t give you a break, it just goes up and up and up. I started at 5:30am and I only found three guys going up who had camped the night before. When I reached the summit at 10am, there was nobody so I had the peak to myself for a few minutes. Going back down felt long though, although I met a few people and most of them very friendly, and many were solo hikers. This was the first trail I didn’t get lost, but I ended it with blisters. I reached my car at 3:45pm. This trail needs more time to enjoy it. I wish I’d had the time and energy to visit Big Falls, it seemed the best waterfalls in LA. I would recommend 12 to 14 hours. Or camp out if you can.

Do not need a jacket at this time. The first one mile is steep but I didn’t feel too bad cause I have energy. The middle part until high creek is easy and walking under shadows. The last a couple of miles to the summit is tough because of heat and lack of energy. If you are not a very experienced hiker, the latest time of reaching the summit is 2pm so that you can get back before dark.

This bad boy was hard! Like others have said there’s a lot of overgrown brush with thorns, so dress accordingly. Mostly exposed, no water available and over 5k elevation gain. This hike is no joke but the views at the top were stunning. There’s still patches of snow on the small trek along the ridge to the peak but they were easily avoidable.

This is our first ever backpacking trip and it’s well worth it. First one and half and last few miles were brutal, my 11 year old son got altitude sickness half mile before summit but he was able push it all the way. We were the last ones descend from the the Sumit on Saturday, the sunset was amazing and the views are spectacular. I don’t recommend camping at Vivian creek, there were not enough flat areas to camp there, high creek camp is really nice and lots of people camped out there. Take a jacket as it was very windy last one mile.

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over grown
3 days ago

I did this loop yesterday Sunday May 31, and started my ascent towards San Bernardino East Peak. The trail was quite overgrown. There are dense sharp bushes on the ascent that will scratch your shins if you have shorts. This trail is lightly trafficked - I saw only 2 people on the ascent, then 5 others once I reached the ridge line. The scenery from the ridge is excellent. The views from Shields Peak were my favorite. There was snow on the ridge, but it’s doable without equipment - no need for an ice ax, crampons, or hiking poles (unless you prefer hiking with poles). It was a long hike with great views.

Be aware that the parking lot (holds maybe 30-40 cars) fills up early on weekends. We got the last 2 parking spaces at 0730 the Saturday we arrived. Also, the road is rough for low clearance vehicles (but doable still).

This was definitely much harder for me than mt baldy via baldy bowl trail. It wasn't especially hard until the last few miles when the elevation hit 9 or 10 thousand feet. From there it was very hard to keep a good pace and I had to stop and rest a few times. There was a lot of people on the trail but it didn't feel crowded because of the length. Not much snow up there right now so no reason to bring any snow gear. It was pretty cold and windy at the top though. The trail really isn't extremely steep or anything. It's not as steep as the baldy bowl trail but since there is so much high elevation hiking time you may find it much more challenging if you're like me. Overall it is a great trail to a beautiful peak!

We hiked this trail on Friday 5/29/20. Made it to Washington monument. It is a challenging hike but beautiful. I particularly like the middle section through the manzanita grove, reminds me of the Sound of Music corny as that sounds. Windy at the top and on the way down. Highly recommended. Yes there are still small patches of snow on the trail but nothing too tricky. Drank 5 liters of water, I drink a lot of water, and water was available at a few key points for treating.

This trail deserves its “hard” rating. However, it the views definitely make it worth it! I went yesterday and the high was in the upper 60s. It was the perfect temp to hike! It was incredibly windy at the top. I was happy I took an extra layer, gloves, sunscreen, a hat, and my trekking poles. I drank a total of 4 liters of water. People had mentioned “bugs” in previous reviews so I took bug spray that I did not need. While there were bugs along the water they were not biting bugs.

Beautiful trail!!! Mile 1-2 is super steep, even harder coming down, and last 2 miles before summit are insane. Was disappointed that someone had taken down the American flag that was there on Friday. We summit Sunday and it was gone.

Completed this day hike on 05/31/20, got to the parking lot around 5 am, plenty of spots available but overnight hikers taking up about half the spots. As many mentioned, the first and last miles are challenging, the first mile is steep (admittedly I only noticed it on the descent as adrenaline and excitement propelled me on the ascent), the last mile is when fatigue/headache and altitude sickness start kicking in (for me at least). Overall the hike is a steady ascent with steady inclines/switchbacks. I would suggest leaving even earlier than I did as it tends to get hot later in the day. I went through about 3L of water. The parking lot on the return is definitely a bit crowded (I tried to get the hell out of there as soon as possible, a stark contrast from the solitudes of the hike to a bustling picnic area). All trails app is a lifesaver as usual, especially when leaving in the morning and navigating for the trail. Bring a jacket for the summit as it could be a bit chilly. Do be careful of losing the trail on the way back, but since there were many people hiking up, it was easy to re-discover. Overall a great, challenging but doable hike.

This is a great hike. I was able to summit yesterday, there was only maybe 2 sections where snow was on trail, and it was very easy to walk over (even in my Teva's). Make sure to bring a water filter! I probably should have been drinking more. I definitely had some problems acclimating around mile 8, 9, 10 when it goes above 10k'. It's very windy at the summit, so make sure to bring at least a light jacket as well.

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bugs
rocky
snow
6 days ago

My favorite hike out of the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks Challenge. Vivian creek parking lot is closed. I had to park nearby in Big falls parking lot. It was a really hot day today. It felt like it was in the 70’s at the summit. I started around 0530 and had lots of parking spaces. My friends each drank 4 liters of water by the end of the hike.

Just finished yesterday on Memorial Day. We started at 5am and there weren’t very many people on the trail. I bit of snow at the top, but no crampons needed. The creek was flowing with water, and made for some great background noise on the upper part near the falls. Excellent adventure for this time of year.

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icy
off trail
rocky
snow
9 days ago

I would rate this trail hard/advanced instead of moderate, especially if you come up the back side of the mountain. There was heavy snow on the trail going towards the top of the mountain. We ended up going off trail frequently. If you are not comfortable trecking through loose rock/icy snow you may want to wait until some of the snow is melted off in mid-to-late summer. Overall, the hike was rewarding and the views are beautiful. The hike ended up being more like 20 miles from the parking lot.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

I did this hike 5/26/20. A perfect weather! I saw some snow patches but no need of any extra gear to walk through. I started my hike just after 6am. First and last part of the hike are very steep and hard but the rest is slow incline and beautiful with listening to the birds singing and such. I got off trail on the way down from the summit it was hard to follow the trail with the seen of same kind of rocks everywhere and so many foot prints going down in different directions lol I was thankful I had All Trails app on! The parking was almost empty when I left but it was packed with picnic crowd when I got back at 5:30pm. So many trash around the picnic area which is very sad.

Completed this hike on Sunday May 24th, 2020. I left the lower parking lot, big falls parking, around 7:15 and walked up to the Vivian creek trail head. I originally thought the hike was 8.5 each way, but my Apple Watch clocked at 10.75 miles each way. I did start in the lower parking lot so that could account for some discrepancy in mileage. The hike was really beautiful and was extremely challenging. We did not finish the hike until 9pm. Although I hike often, I did not train for this. There were patches of snow on the trail and at times that made it difficult to determine where the trail was. There was an American flag at the top and it was all down hill from there.

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