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395guyRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: Sat, November 23, 2002  Sucess!

395guy

Great hike. Cold on top with constant 30 mph winds, but what can you expect for a November hike at 11,500 ft? No snow on trail, but the next weekend SanG got a big dump. Since daylight hours are short in November, we left 30 minutes before sunrise and got back at sunset.
Posted Jun 5, 2003 11:45 pm

Michael TolchardRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: 18 August 2002  Sucess!

Michael Tolchard

A great warm up climb for Whitney. The first mile is a butt kicker, but a pleasant non-stop climb after that. The summit looks like the moon ....
Posted Jun 3, 2003 12:42 am

agorokhovRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: May 26, 2003  Sucess!
Posted May 27, 2003 2:20 pm

JoeyrooRoute Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: May 17, 2003  Sucess!

Joeyroo

The wind stole a beanie from a person's head in our group. Extremely windy on the summit that I could barely hear anything but the wind. Snow present. Crampons and ice ax not used. Trekking poles were sufficient (for me).
Posted May 18, 2003 2:38 pm

RickFRoute Climbed: Ascent via Forsee Creek & descent via Vivian Creek Date Climbed: May 26, 2002  Sucess!

RickF

It was an extremely dry year, there was no water any where on the mountain. But it was a great trip none the less. I had been to the summit as an eleven year old in boy scouts over 30 years earlier. It was great to be back. My younger brother, who's first real hike was less than a year before, was definitely setting our somewhat fast pace. We carried tent, stove and sleeping bags, spent one night at Shields Flat. Next visit will be up & down Vivian Creek as a day hike... maybe in the snow!
Posted Mar 31, 2003 1:54 pm

cuprinaRoute Climbed: South Fork Trail Date Climbed: June 22nd, 2002  Sucess!
Great views!
Posted Mar 13, 2003 3:57 pm

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

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