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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

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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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backpacking
7 days ago

You can hike this in a day, but I don't think it would be enjoyable. You'd have to rush through it. Instead, we did it in two days. On day 1, we hiked to High Creek Campground, which is a little less than 6 miles in with 3,200 elevation gain. It's a great place to stay, but the wind was intense. Our tents were blowing the whole night. The creek was flowing strong there so we only had to bring 2 liters to that point. The next day, we got up early and hit the summit. It was very foggy for the last 2 miles, so we couldn't see any views from the summit. Still, the way up and down has incredible views, so it was worth it.

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10 days ago

Camped on the summit on the night of 9/8/17. Got the whole summit to myself. Had torrential downpour and howling winds the entire length of the night. Was pretty awesome. Started at 0945, got to the summit at about 1530. Left summit at 0730, got to the trailhead at 1130. High Creek is flowing, I carried all of my water, so I didn't need any, but if you do, there should be plenty.

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16 days ago

Beautiful day on the Vivian Creek Trail to San Gorgonio. Saw deer and chipmunks. It just doesn't get any better than this in the San Bernardino Mountains. Plenty of water at the High Creek campground (make sure to filter).

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21 days ago

I did this out-and-back hike on the Vivian Creek Trail in August 2017. The trail is well marked and multiple creeks were running enough for us to filter water if needed. It is mostly covered, except for the last 1-1.5 miles at the top, which is entirely exposed. Wear sunblock! We started at 8 a.m., hit the summit at 1 p.m., and finished around 5:45 p.m. Parking was simple because we went on a weekday. According to the phone and FitBit of two people in our group, round-trip distance was between 20-22 miles, so plan accordingly.

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22 days ago

beautiful!! bring hiking poles!! and food!! you will burn through lots of calories.and pain killers for your legs.

hiking
22 days ago

This hike is by far one of the best hikes in Southern Cali. I love it.

hiking
23 days ago