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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

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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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hiking
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13 days ago

Amazing hiking trail.

24 days ago

1 month ago

Great hike, nice to backpack so you knock a few miles off the total. Came down too fast and blew out a knee, it's steep coming down, poles are helpful.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail we did it today 04.01.2017 and it was such a beautiful weather. I have done most of the summits in south California and honesty this is the best preparation for people who want to summit mount Whitney, especially if you go to Gorgonio now when there is snow. The whole trail today was covered in snow and you can barely see the trail, thus a GPS is very important. We went off road all the time and it was very challenging but so much fun. Just as a note, the ranger was telling everyone that they needed ice axe, crampons and trekking poles or they "are not recommended" to proceed , so we saw people going back just because not all have ice axes. We didn't have crampons, ice axes or trekking poles and we did it all the way to the top. These things do help a lot especially that the trail is fully covered in snow but just proving that if you have a will you do not need anything and will reach the top.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite SoCal trails.

backpacking
3 months ago

Beginning makes you doubt your choice with tough switchbacks, but the middle is magical. We found fresh flowing water nearby both campgrounds, and welcome shade among the trees. The top is barren, high, cold, and windy but it was a nice trip up.

hiking
3 months ago

Spectacular views during the entire hike!

3 months ago

hiking
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4 months ago

Steep in sections! Hard on the knees coming down!

geocaching
5 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this beautiful trail on Veteran's Day and was alone at summit around 2pm. To find a flag there was awesome for photo ops and to compliment the day. The last 2 miles climb to summit was very steep. I did not beat the 5pm sunset during descent by several hours, but went prepared with a head lamp. Happy safe hiking!

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago