San Gorgonio Mountain via Vivian Creek Trail

20 reviews #13 hike out of 54 in
8.3 mi
Distance
3 hrs 34 min
Time
terrain
5,184 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate one way trail to San Gorgonio Mountain in San Gorgonio Wilderness.

This trail goes by Halfway Camp and High Creek Camp.



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    4 months ago
    The highest summit in Southern California a brutal hike, but great training for higher peaks. Just a relentless uphill slog, one that is seemingly endless on the way down. I’ve done San Gorgonio twice from the Vivian Creek trailhead and I’d say the total hike from the parking lot is about 18 miles round trip. The trailhead is actually 1/2 mile up a dirt road from the parking lot. There are several water sources on the mountain, depending on time of year, so bring a filter if you want to refill. Otherwise bring at least 3 liters of water per person. Give yourself an early start, no later than 6:30 am, and remember to bring an Adventure Pass for the parking lot.
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    5 months, 2 weeks ago
    For a 19 mile hike that ascends 5,500 feet, it feels unaccountably pleasant. Ok. Ok. Ok. The first mile is punishing. And there are some sections there at the end that remind one this isn’t a gimme. But, get there at 6:30, throw back some pre-workout, sip on some protein powder during, and you’re good. I did the hike on a Wednesday and finding a parking spot wasn’t an issue. Even though it was 93 degrees in LA, I was cold at the start of the hike. Light pants and a long sleeve cool max shirt over a T for the ascent. T and shorts for the descent. Choose a day where the weather report has the wind under 10mph. You’ll be happy for that. Oh, and you need an Adventure Pass to park.
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    The weather was perfect for this hike. A bit chilly at first, but by the time we got up to the peak it was cold and windy at 1 p.m. The first mile could be considered a gate keeper, as it can lead you to think that the hike will be brutal for the remainder of the trail. Also the last mile could be daunting, but one foot in front of the other gets the job done.
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    5 months, 4 weeks ago
    vivian parking lot closed (covid?) so add another mile to the round trip. we got to lot at 0600 and there were four legal spots left. halfway camp is really third way to summit. took is almost 6 hours to summit including a few breaks. couple guys passed us and brisk hike made it in just under 4hours. if camping plan on halfway camp since high camp (which is more like halfway up) only has 3 to four spots and was full (Saturday). trail was clean but we picked up two water bottles along the way and there was a cigarette butt in the rocks at the peak. my knees are killing me as the super steep part of Vivian from the river to halfways really a challenge on the way down for this 55uear old. took us almost 12 hours for the round trip. felt good to soak knees in the cold water at the bottom
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butier 1 year, 5 months ago
Vivian Creek to San Gorgonio Summit
This recorded track is Vivian Creek Trailhead to San Gorgonio Summit and back down to High Creek Camp on Thursday, June 5th. On Friday, June 6th we exited out from High Creek Camp to Vivian Creek for 6 miles of downhill, taking 2 1/2 hours( not recorded ). Carried 30 pounds to High Camp with 8 other friends. We dropped our packs and set up our tents. 7 of us continued on to the summit. Needed crampons for the last 2.5 miles, took us 2 hours in crampons to get through the snow to the summit for an arrival time of 5 pm. Very challenging, but manageable with the right gear ( crampons and hiking poles). Very rewarding. Such a strong, determined group of friends. So proud of us. Details: 8:15 am- noon; 6 miles to High Creek Camp took 4 hours Noon- 1:15 pm; Had lunch/ set up tents for one hour. 1:15 pm- 3:15 pm; hiked up switchbacks 3:15 pm- 5 pm; time in the crampons to the summit, the last 2.5 miles 5pm- 7pm; time it took to return to High Creek Camp from the summit Total= 11 hours, 13.5 miles, 5,300’ elevation gain, with snow. Friday: 8:30 am- 11 am; hiked 6 miles down from High Creek Camp to Trailhead. Total= 13 1/2 hours, 18.5 miles “ we have all day... we took all day :))”
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steverpeac 5 months, 2 weeks ago
San Gorgonio
For a 19 mile hike that ascends 5,500 vertical feet, it feels unaccountably pleasant. Ok, ok, ok, the first mile is punishing. And there are some sections there at the end that remind one this isn't a gimme. But, get there at 6:30am, throw back some pre-workout, sip on protein powder during, and you're good. I did the hike on a Wednesday and finding a parking spot wasn't an issue. Even though it was 93 degrees in LA, I was cold at the start of the hike. Light pants and a long sleeve coolmax shirt over a T for the ascent. T and shorts for the descent. Choose a day where the weather report has the wind under 10mph. You'll be happy for that.
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hunterghall 4 years ago
Hike San Gorgonio
Everyone wants to hike San Gorgonio. At 11,503 feet, it's the highest peak in Southern California, and a challenging hike, not only in distance, but in climbing. This San Gorgonio trail guide goes via Vivian Creek, which is the quickest (yet hard) way to the summit, doable in a day.
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dckhoa115 4 years, 7 months ago
Hike San Gorgonio
Everyone wants to hike San Gorgonio. At 11,503 feet, it's the highest peak in Southern California, and a challenging hike, not only in distance, but in climbing. This San Gorgonio trail guide goes via Vivian Creek, which is the quickest (yet hard) way to the summit, doable in a day.
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3H Hiking Group 4 years, 7 months ago
Hike San Gorgonio
Everyone wants to hike San Gorgonio. At 11,503 feet, it's the highest peak in Southern California, and a challenging hike, not only in distance, but in climbing. This San Gorgonio trail guide goes via Vivian Creek, which is the quickest (yet hard) way to the summit, doable in a day.
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SoCalHiker 6 years, 2 months ago
San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek
Peak #6 of 6 in the SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. Get all the details on this hike plus many more photos here: https://socalhiker.net/hiking-san-gorgonio-via-vivian-creek/
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Paul Okada 4 years, 1 month ago
San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek
Our 6th peak in the six pack of peaks! Awesome hike. Very windy at top. Spent night at halfway camp. No water there. Get water at Vivian creek. Hike w/ Mark and Bev.
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jeri 1 year, 4 months ago
2019-07-27 Mt San Gorgonio
6:09:56 AM - 8:58:54 PM Ernie, Kiyoshi, Jeri
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noelproj 1 year, 5 months ago
San Gorgonio MTN via Vivian Creek Trail
San Gorgonio Mountain via Vivian Creek Trail
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Jankk6abz 2 years, 2 months ago
Vivian Creek Trail
Camp at second campground then continue up
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Patryk 1 year, 1 month ago
San gorgonio summit via Vivian creek out/back
Forgot to pause at camp for 30 min
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leslie.nanninga 1 year, 2 months ago
San Gorgonio (9/1/19, 8:24:04AM)
Never again. Hiking is the worst.
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dangami711 2 years, 6 months ago
San Gorgonio hike via Vivian Creek
Hike on Saturday September 15,2018
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dangami711 2 years, 6 months ago
San Gorgonio hike via Vivian Creek
Hike on Saturday September 15,2018
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brian 1 year, 5 months ago
San G via Vivian Creak Trail
Fast up, tired coming down
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