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Eric TiptonRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: March, 2001  Sucess!
Luke Tipton, Bob Cable, Joel Koury and I hiked up the Vivian Creek trail with our alpine ski gear on our backs. We summited @ 2 p.m. and skied down the "big bowl" on the north slope until the snow was gone. We hiked out on the lower portion of the "poopout hill" trail where we had left a car early that morning. An excellent hill to ski.
Posted Dec 18, 2002 10:45 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: December 15, 2002  Sucess!

forjan

Carried crampons but were not really needed on this day. Didn't take an ice axe, just poles. Poles were very handy on the icy sections of the trail. Although the local forecast was calling for rain/snow, we lucked out and the storm system didn't make it to the San Gorgonio wilderness area yesterday.



Got to the summit around 2:45pm and waited for mdostby who got there minutes later. We had an interesting time taking summit pictures in the 40mph winds to 60mph gusts there. Summit was very windy and chilly. My Gore-Tex jacket actually worked as a wind-resistant garment.
Posted Dec 16, 2002 10:44 am

notinkansasRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: Late May 2001  Sucess!

notinkansas

My son and I made a 2 day camping trip of this climb, spending the night at "Half Way" camp. The Vivian Creek Trail has to be one of the most scenic hikes in Southen California. I would recomend taking time to soak it all in. We met a British climber and his American partner on the summit. He spoke of Kilimanjaro and Fuji. It was great!
Posted Dec 3, 2002 8:56 pm

gazelleRoute Climbed: vivian creek trail Date Climbed: 8/10/02  Sucess!
My dad and I did this trail in a two day period. We summited on day 2 and thoroughly enjoyed this mountain. Next time I think I will try to day hike it.
Posted Nov 22, 2002 8:35 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: Via Vivian Creek Date Climbed: January 8th, 1999  Sucess!

asmrz

Michael Gordon, Johnie Brown and I hiked this trail to the summit and back in 8 hours RT. Very hard hiking for me, it's about 18 miles RT.
Posted Nov 17, 2002 8:02 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: Via Fish Creek Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!

asmrz

Shauna Hermes, Michael Gordon, Johny (Downtown) Brown and I hiked to the summit via the Fish Creek in about 8 hours total. This route is 22 miles RT, could be the longest hike on Gorgonio.
Posted Nov 17, 2002 7:58 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: San Bernandino to Mt.Gorgonio ski Traverse Date Climbed: February 22-23, 1994  Sucess!

asmrz

Brian Johnson, Rich Henke and I skied the Gorgonio Divide (San Gorgonio the long way) in February of 1995. We left Angeles Oaks at 8am on Saturday and had excellent snow for the 5,000 ft climb to the crest. From there we skied over summits of San Bernandino, San Bernandino East, Anderson, Shields (where we slept), Charlton, little Charlton, Jepson and San Gorgonio. From the Gorgonio summit we skied the east most gully down to Dry Lake. We reached our car at Jenks Lake parking lot on Sunday at 3:00PM.

There are very few multiday ski tours in Southern California. This one is the best! I often wonder, has anyone skied this since 1994?
Posted Nov 16, 2002 7:52 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: From Poopout Hill Date Climbed: On Skis February 8, 1986  Sucess!

asmrz

In February of 86, I remember Miguel calling me mid week , saying since it rained in LA about an inch and temperatures are staying low, we better try to Randonee ski up Gorgonio. We slept at the parking lot at Poopout Hill Friday night and at 05:30 Saturday morning got going. On the summit ridge we encountered heavy winds and temperature of +5 F. The snow was incredible powder. We skied the North Face about 100 feet apart, fearing avalanches and in 25 minutes, descended all the way down. I will never,ever forget that ski run. The powder was knee to waist deep! You would never believe such a powder could ever be found in Southern California. This was a long day, 6,000+ feet of gain and 25 miles RT.
Posted Nov 16, 2002 7:41 pm

pilz8Route Climbed: vivian creek trail Date Climbed: October 1998  Sucess!

pilz8

This was one of the first peaks I did, a great hike!! cold and clear at night,saw lots of satellites.
Posted Sep 11, 2002 9:41 pm

scottybRoute Climbed: Regular Date Climbed: July 1995  Sucess!

scottyb

I got tremendous blisters on this hike breaking in a new pair of hiking boots
Posted Aug 26, 2002 10:40 pm

timibeRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: August 17, 2002  Sucess!

timibe

This was an incredible hike! I feel like a whimp after reading all the other summit logs. It took me 9 hours to reach the summit with breaks for filtering water at Vivian Creek and High Creek. Maybe because I was carrying a 35 pound pack? I had some pretty bad altitude sickness about a mile from the summit, and climbed in my tent as soon as we set up camp. I could barely eat when my fellow backpackers brought me dinner. While some of the backpackers did not feel sick when they reached the summit, by midnight each of the 7 of us had felt nauseous and had splitting headaches. Everyone felt fine by morning and were ready to make the trek back down the mountain. My feet were very sore by the time we reached the last set of very steep and rocky switchbacks. The sunset and sunrise were the most incredible I have ever seen.
Posted Aug 19, 2002 10:34 am

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Day 2 of my SoCal County Highpoint Tour. A very long hike! 4hr15m to the summit, 2hr15m return, back at the car at 1:15p. I then drove to the Palms Springs Aerial Tramway with the intent of climbing San Jacinto in the afternoon. But the tram was closed for maintainance. Darn. I'll plan to climb San Jacinto tomorrow by the long way.
Posted Aug 6, 2002 5:48 pm

kdonaldsonRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: June 22, 2002  Sucess!

kdonaldson

A beautiful hike, but a good challenge to do in a day. We left the car at 7:45 AM. 6 hours to the summit and 4.25 hours back down, with 1/2 hour enjoying the views, sunshine on the summit with the mass of other hikers up for the weekend. The trec up the canyon wall at mill creek at the begining will get your blood pumping and at the end on a long day - it is a bit rough on the legs going down. Temps were warm at the summit - probably high seventies. Drank about 3.5 litres of water, but probably more would have been better as I was a bit dehydrated at the bottom. Wore light trail shoes which were fine, with a day pack.
Posted Jun 24, 2002 11:36 am

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!

darinchadwick

The whole hike is great except for the first mile coming out of Mill Creek. Great to see Joshua Tree from San Gorgonio instead of the other way around.
Posted Apr 2, 2002 5:26 am

cjrobinsonRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Trail Date Climbed: 10MAR2002  Sucess!

cjrobinson

We got a late start on Saturday. We wanted to make it to High Creek camp, but settled for Halfway camp.

On Sunday, we started up, and found some icy conditions above High Creek camp. The footing was dicey at times. The summit was windy and cold, surprise, surprise! We hung around long enough to take two pictures, and then started down.

We stayed the night at Halfway camp once again, and then headed out Monday morning.

As an aside, I think "Halfway" camp is a bit inappropriately named. That puppy isn't anywhere NEAR halfway.......
Posted Mar 11, 2002 2:27 pm

tonyoRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

tonyo

This was a beautiful hike. Fortunately, we made it to the Mill Creek ranger station early enough to get a permit for the hike. I think there were people after us that were not as lucky. We hit the trail by about 7:30 and made great time until we got above High Creek. From here to the summit was a struggle-but worth every step. The views from the top are great, but this is one of those hikes that has so much to see at every turn. We must have spent about 45 minutes at the summit and were back at the car by about 4:00. This is one I would like to do in winter, possibly an over-nighter.
Posted Jan 14, 2002 5:53 am

JoshRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: 1/6/02  Sucess!

Josh

The trail was a little icy near the parking lot, then dried up completely for the climb up to Vivian Creek Camp. From there, the trail iced up again. I didn't bring crampons or an ice axe, but I wish I had. There weren't any steep, exposed sections, but walking was a huge hassle on the ice. The trail was easy to follow until High Creek Camp, where it became very unclear which way to go. So, I just went up. This turned out to be ok. A little while later I was on the anticlimactic summit. I didn't see a summit register.



When I got back to the trailhead, I found a National Forest ticket on my car. As usual, I promptly threw it away ;-)
Posted Jan 6, 2002 4:34 pm

JohnstonRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: 12/9/2001  Sucess!
The summit this time of year is awesome! I did not see a single soul from High Creek Camp to the Summit.This was my first solo climb/hike and it couldn't have been better. Views are outstanding and the feeling of the 40 mph gust at the summit made me feel like I was on Everest (but not quite). Highly recommended...Johnston
Posted Dec 12, 2001 4:19 pm

ElwoodRoute Climbed: All from the South Fork Trailhead. Date Climbed: 92, 93, 94, & 95  Sucess!

Elwood

This is one of my favorite mountains, it always helped me get in shape for my climbs in the Sierra. The 1st. time my wife & I did this mountain, we went up the South Fork Trail, then before branching off on the Dollar Lake Trail, we stopped at a rest/photo spot. This is when I first saw the North Face of the mountain, & I said to myself " that would make a good climb". Back on the dollar Lake Trail, we camped the 1st. night past Dollar Lake, at Dry Lake View. The next day we hauled all our stuff over the summit & down the other side, to camp for the 2nd. night near Trail Flat. This first trip gave us a real good knowledge of the mountain. The other 3-times I climbed this mountain, I went up the South Fork Trail to the Dry Lake Trail. At the S.W. corner of Dry Lake, I would go off trail to the west for a 1/4 mi. to a nice flat spot to camp, directly below the north face. The next morning we'd strap on our crampons & grab our ice axes, & head up the north face, then return to camp, pack up, & finally hike back to our cars. This was a fun way to do the mountain, because it gave you some trail & some off route travel also!
Posted Nov 9, 2001 1:22 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: Momyer trail via Dollar Lake saddle Date Climbed: June 10, 2001  Sucess!

forjan

So far I summitted San Gorgonio Mountain twice.

First time: 9/9/00 (ascent: via South Fork, descent: via Dry Lake).

Second time: 6/10/01 (ascent: via Momyer trail/Dollar Lake saddle, descent: via Vivian Creek).



Next: I want to attempt San Gorgonio in the winter.
Posted Sep 24, 2001 5:25 pm

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