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KerstinVivian Creek trail


My second backpacking trip at age 15--kind of a trial by fire. It was January of 1984. The weather was good but the snow was rock-solid and dangerous. My crampons kept coming off and sliding down whatever gully I was attempting to climb. I got within about 1500 feet of the summit and turned back due to blisters, intense fear, lack of confidence and those funky, faulty crampons.

I failed again the next year in January of 1985. I was a little more experienced this time but just couldn't make it due to severe shin bang from my Koflach Vivas and blisters on the balls of my feet. I chose to turn around about 1000 feet below the summit before things got worse. I still had a great time.
Posted Jun 19, 2006 4:12 am

sierramtngoatFish Creek Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 1994


I did a short backpacking trip via Fish Creek Trail with Sarah, summitting via the North. There is some interesting plane wreckage on the north side, right by the trail.
Posted Jun 16, 2006 11:18 am

erockapocalypse hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2006


hiked to summit via vivian creek trail on 6/6/6! made it to the top in 3 hours and 40 minutes. made friends with squirrels at summit.
Posted Jun 10, 2006 8:14 am

kolbi2112Vivian Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2006


Got a late start and didn't make it to High Creek until 5pm. Left for the summit at 6am the next day and was back at the car by 1pm. Great sunsets and lots of water. All in all a great 2 days.
Posted Jun 6, 2006 1:43 am

kommishVivian Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2005


Summited via Vivian Creek Trail, on way to the 9 peaks challege in one day, made 7 when we decide to head down before darkness came.
Posted May 22, 2006 5:11 pm

EleutherosDrunk on Nature's Wonder  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2006


I summited via Vivian Creek Trail at about 10 am after camping at High Creek the previous night. Made the hike on a tender knee and full-out sprained it coming down a snowfield below the summit. So I had to walk back on a painful, bum knee... horrible ;) However, I was one of only 2 on the summit and the skies were remarkably clear.
Posted May 22, 2006 2:57 am

lakenyonVivian Creek Trail.  Sucess!


Hike in summer 2001 with some co-workers when I in Los Angeles for the summer.
Posted May 14, 2006 10:07 pm

Deanall by my lonesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2006


Had the mountain all to myself on the vivian creek side. I had gps'd my route and that was huge in my effort. There was lots of snow above 8600 feet so at least carrying snowshoes, ice axe and crampons paid off. It was an exhausting day, a dawn to nearly dark menu and I almostbit off more than I could chew. However, weather wise, it was a perfect day but smoggy down below.
Posted May 11, 2006 1:20 pm

Quadaxial11/20/05  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2005


We headed up on a beautiful weekend in November via the Vivian Creek trail. Camped about 2500' below the summit on a cold Saturday night. The next morning we were completely alone on the summit. A great weekend!
Posted Apr 16, 2006 6:52 pm

Cookie AddictGreat climb!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2006

Cookie Addict

Had a great time. I and a buddy traversed 4 peaks to get to summit. Snowboarded down to well past High Creek. A great weekend!
Posted Apr 3, 2006 7:47 pm

drewcmfAn attempt on Greyback
Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2006


Postholing w/ Jskills...ugly weather...turned back.
Posted Mar 28, 2006 10:21 pm

EManBevHillsSki Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2003


Beauteous Day!
Posted Mar 3, 2006 5:04 am

Augie MedinaSummit via Vivian Creek Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2001

Augie Medina

I led a group of friends up the Vivian Creek Trail. When we summitted at 1 pm, it promptly started to snow. Not everyone was prepared; good thing I had carried extra warm clothes. On the return, we got hit by a good thunder storm. There was lots of lightning and seeing the lightning-charred trees along the trail wasn't too comforting. However, during the last hour of our hike the sun came out in force and so we were treated to some variable weather on this mountain today.
Posted Feb 16, 2006 8:58 pm

kabernicolaRoute Climbed: South fork Date Climbed: may first 2005  Sucess!


Icredible amount of snow on the mountain, altough it was may. We overnight at dollar lake completly frozen. We were alone over there, It was magic
Posted Jan 31, 2006 3:01 pm

peakbagerRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: June 1998  Sucess!


It is a steep climb up this trail, But it is worth it .

Climbed it in 11 hours.
Posted Jan 19, 2006 10:09 pm

Smith93Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Trail Date Climbed: June 23, 2002  Sucess!


Very long day and I hated that damned Vivian Creek Trail. I even got altitude sickness when we got to camp. But the next day we got up and climbed up to the top and then all the way back out to the cars which was an even longer day than the day we hiked in. Great views on top though and the highest point in Southern California!
Posted Jan 2, 2006 3:50 am

Smith93Route Climbed: Angelus Oaks to Vivian Creek along the Nine Peaks trail Date Climbed: June 29, 2003  Sucess!


Fourth peak of 4 climbed that day and the last of the "Nine Peaks" climbed on the trip. Ended up spending the night on top and it was the windiest night I've ever spent anywhere. Great trip to do though, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a 3 day backpacking trip in the local mountains.
Posted Dec 31, 2005 8:28 pm

erockRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Trail Date Climbed: 12-21-2005  Sucess!


I made the summit today. This was my first attempt. Hurray! Ascent took 4hrs 15min, descent the same time. I'm not sure how that happened. Anyway, I hope this is a gateway for many more memorable hikes in the future (San Jacinto looked very tempting from the summit today). But now, I just want to go to bed.
Posted Dec 22, 2005 1:07 am

RileywynaRoute Climbed: Vivian creek..I think Date Climbed: 2001  Sucess!


Attempted a one day snow shoe winter ascent. It was a long day and we didn't come close making it.

Well we would have been at least another 2 hours.
Posted Dec 19, 2005 11:05 am

RyanMountainRoute Climbed: South Fork Trail Date Climbed: May 30, 2005  Sucess!


Very enjoyable hike! The wind made the summit very cold however. There were still about 5 feet of snow on the ground above 9000' too. Glissading back down on my butt was quite possibly the most fun I've ever had! Climbed San G's neighbor, San Jacinto, the next day.
Posted Dec 16, 2005 5:58 pm

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