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Hiked yesterday (6/19) it was a beautiful sunny day and the trail was difficult but manageable. I only used my 3 lit bladder and still had water at the end. Have fun!
**fyi: bears got into my friends car (she car camped at the trailhead) so be aware and prepare with proper storage of your supplies.

Loved this hike. My recording showed just over 8 hours of active hiking (not counting camping time or time at the top), so could definitely be done in a day. But I hiked to Trail Flats Camp (7miles, 3.5hrs), camped, and finished the loop the next day.

Lightly trafficked, I didn’t see many people at all. Vivian Creek is a busier route to the summit, and your run into those hikers at the top.

I chose to ascend via the eastern side of the mountain. That side of the loop is slightly longer than the western side, but not by much. My gps said 11 miles when I reached the summit.

Trail Flats was a great campsite. No water though, and no views. The only other camp site I actually saw was the summit camp - very exposed, but there are rock shelters set up. All of the other camp sites are a little away from the trail so I didn’t see them.

The only obvious water source right at the trail is at the loop fork three miles in. Other than that, you will have to go off trail to find water. I filled up 4 liters at the fork and it lasted me the whole loop.

hiking
4 days ago

My family and I love this hike. We brought our dog and she loved it too. Lots of families on Father’s Day but not so crowded that it felt like an amusement park. Fun time with everyone. It’s worth the extra hike up to the top of the falls if you’re willing to get some bumps and bruises climbing the rocks.

Backpacked to the summit and camped overnight. Brutal hike but worth the views and challenge.

Hard, but beautiful hike,
we camped at half point and summit the next day!!

The big payoff for this hike is the elevation training. The views are nice as well, but not excellent compared to the other near by trails. We did it in one trip and was surprised how long the way back was, it honestly felt harder.

Backpacked this a couple of months ago, such a rad trail! Had to turn around because we couldn’t see the trail anymore under the snow

The first set of switchbacks and the last push were 2 miles the hardest. I camped for a night at half-way camp it was a good site because it was pretty secluded but no water sources.

This Is a great hike but get ready to get you butt kicked. I actually rolled my ankle less than a mile after summitting so be careful when on that downhill.

hiking
20 days ago

absolutely beautiful, the actual trail is fairly short but we wandered off and explored up the creek a bit, absolutely loved it. will be back

Great huge waterfall..climbing a lot of rocks but short hike

We arrived at the Vivian creek trail head around 7:45 am and hiked up to halfway camp. There we set up our megamid and ditched our gear. After lunch we slackpacked the 5.5ish miles to the summit, which we reached near 4pm. At 11503 the mountain towered over all its neighbors, we got some beautiful views. We hiked back to halfway camp, we arrived at just about nightfall. Hiked out the next morning!

This was a great route for doing the 9 peaks. My girlfriend and I completed this route in 2 long days of backpacking with a night spent at High Meadow Springs Camp. 3 things to be aware of:
1. The descent of Charlton is pretty steep with a heavy pack on, bring poles and take your time on the way down, and you'll get through it fine.
2. We took our packs off and left them beside the trail when we went to the summit of Shields. We did the same thing for Anderson. I highly recommend this strategy if you are carrying heavy packs.. It will add a little distance to your hike, due to having to backtrack to your packs, but you'll save a ton of time and energy by being lighter on the ascents.
3. Today is 5-29-2018. As of Memorial Day Weekend, High Creek and Limber Pine Springs were both flowing well with plenty of water. High Meadow Springs was sort of babbling, but seemed like it should have water a little while longer.

Nice hike. Great views.

Did this yesterday and it was amazing. Still a little snow on the side of the trail towards the summit but nothing to worry about.

Weather was beautiful - didn’t need much more than 2 layers for most of the hike but it did get cold later in the shade.

We did it all in one go - took 9.5 hours including about 45 mins hanging on the summit - we were moving fairly quickly and packed super light.

The views going up the mountain after dry lake are incredible. Highly recommended.

This is one of my favorite spots. Always beautiful.

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.

off road driving
1 month ago

May 2018 Drove by fire ravaged Aspen Grove top turnout. Area closed. Can see some Aspen shoots coming up at creek. Maybe 4' tall. Drove to Fish Creek and the corrals and spring survived the fire. Area beyond San G sign closed as well as trail that heads back down to Aspen Grove. Area won't be close to the same for decades (really a century.) Many burned trees seemingly marked for removal. Looked like they cleared a swath along the PCT for safety and it was open.

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.

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!

hiking
1 month ago

from the parking lot to the creek its more like 8 miles. Its a nice hike, very wilderness like scenery. Trail head is across the river, you know you reached the end when you hit the campground. You need at least 1/2 to 1 liter of water to be comfortable in reasonable weather. Steady incline the whole way to the creek.

Pretty hard because of steepness but the views are GREAT

6 am start under heavy cloud cover and drizzle. Reached the upper Momyer creek trail in just under an hour at 2.8 miles, here you go left and start the serious part of the hike. This lower part of the trail has recently been cleaned up making the journey more pleasant than in the past. The toughest part of this hike is between mile 4 and 6 where you gain about 2,200 ft of elevation, after that the steady steep gain is replaced by nice switchbacks. The upper trail has been cleared in places along the way but there still are a lot of overgrown areas and long pants are highly recommended. You will reach a bend in the trail where it crosses over the ridge and into a bowl where the trail traverses the entire length and one more long switchback before reaching the top of the 10,000 foot ridge, there are a few large downed trees in this final section resist the urge to go straight up and just walk around them. From the signed junction go left for the San Bernardino peaks, right for Anderson, Forsee creek, Dollar Saddle and beyond. For me today’s peak was East San Bernardino and was just a 10 min. easy walk from the junction. The views from this particular peak are my favorite in all of Southern California as you can see the big three and many other peaks from this vantage point. This is not an easy trail at 15.5 miles and 5,350 feet of total elevation gain and should only be undertaken by hikers in good physical condition. Enjoy and be safe.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful trail, it was our first time here. We encountered a rattlesnake hiding in the brush right when left the parking lot heading down to the start of the trail. And another baby snack in the stream heading up the falls. (not to sure what kind of snake it was tho.) I was prepared with our parking pass, $5. But noticed there was a graveled lot that said free parking.
Hiking up the riverbed to the various falls was a nice workout, not to strenuous but you can feel your muscles work as you find your balance on the slippery rocks. and yes they are very slippery, so becareful.! Great water flow, and it was very cold. But we loved it!

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.

walking
1 month ago

It was beautiful and so peaceful. It’s a tiring walk since its all about balancing with all the rocks. Water is super cold. My dogs loved it.

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

Too much snow to summit this route right now. Wait until summer. Crampons are not enough. Need ice axe and rope. Had to turn back after 9 miles.

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