My wife Elena and I headed up the Mill Creek Canyon for a one-day climbing. The Mill Creek Jump-Off is the major objective and the summit is the second. Saw some wet-avys (after the recent storms) and a lot of rockfalls on the northern side of the canyon. Wear a helmet and be reasonable about the season. Otherwise - a great climbing (a rare class 3 on the snow in SoCal).
Route Climbed: One of the NW chutes (via Mill Creek Canyon/Wash) Date Climbed: February 22, 2003
Climbed with mdostby. You start at the Vivian Creek parking lot and keep going up the Mill Creek drainage 'til you can see the headwall. We took one of the NW chutes. The chute got steeper at the top before we top out onto the ridge. We climbed mixed sections of snow & rock with crampons on and 1 ice axe on hand. Also, watch out for rock fall later in the morning (helmet recommended). Follow the ridge to the summit. Great views of Jepson Peak, San Gorgonio, San Bernardino ridge. We descended towards the saddle at the Mill Creek headwall/jumpoff (8456' at the lowest point on saddle). We stayed towards the left of the headwall as we were coming down. An interesting day as we saw Search & Rescue personnel and an helicopter in the morning looking for a missing person on Feb 22, 2003.
Route Climbed: via the Mill Creek Wash Date Climbed: February 22, 2003
Nice Winter climb with Spring like conditions. Climbed with SummitPost member forjan. Instead of climbing the headwall we climbed one of the steep chutes on the South side of Mill Creek Canyon. Fun day!