Vivian Creek Trail to San Gorgonio Peak

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Vivian Creek Trail to San Gorgonio Peak is a 17.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forest Falls, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5606 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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birding

camping

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nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

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horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

San Gorgonio is the tallest mountain in Southern California, and a right of passage for serious hikers in the area. At 11,503', "Old Grayback" provides an excellent high altitude training for those preparing to summit Mt. Whitney, and only 90 minutes away from Orange County. There are several trails leading up to San Gorgonio, but none as steep as the Vivian Creek trail, which in less than eight miles to the summit climbs over a vertical mile. One and two-tenths miles from the trailhead is Vivian Creek Camp (7,100'). Campsites are located upslope to the right of the trail after reaching the stream: one is halfway up the slope, and the other is at the top of the slope (no camping within 200 feet of the trail or creek). One and three-tenths miles from Vivian Creek Camp is Halfway Camp (8,100'). Water is obtained from the creek 200 yards before camp. Two and three-tenths miles further is High Creek Camp (water available - 9,200'). The summit of San Gorgonio (11,499') is 3 miles beyond High Creek. The upper end of this trail offers outstanding views of Yucaipa Ridge and Galena Peak, as well as sweeping panoramic views from the top of Mt. San Gorgonio. After the South Fork Trail, this is the second most used trail in the Wilderness.

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Very challenging, yet rewarding trail. Personally I find it best to split this into a two day backpacking trip due to length, however it can easily be done in a single day. The switchbacks at the beginning of the hike were easily the most difficult part of the trail due to steepness. However most of the trail is very peaceful and not incredible steep.

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Awesome hike. Take lots of water. Switchbacks will smoke you but it's all worth it.

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One of a kind hike!
It took us over 8 hours to get to the top. We hike slowly enjoying the forest, the medows, the streams, over an hour of switchbacks, and the rocky trail near the top. The weather was perfect too. We got back to our car at 10:30pm (half way we walked in the moon light, which added more fun and excitement to our adventure)