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conpenLast of the Three Saints  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2016


Split hike into two days. Only available campsite was the summit. Below freezing temps with 30-40 mph gusts were no fun, but everything else was!
Posted Oct 24, 2017 1:18 pm

Sam DeRoseBeautiful Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2016

Sam DeRose

Did this hike with 4 friends. Drove out to vivian creek trailhead from Claremont and started hiking around 6am. Took us 7 hours to summit and 4 to get down. Brought snowshoes up but didnt end up needing them. Definitely have crampons and an axe though.
Posted Mar 1, 2016 4:01 pm

compeanjaIcy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2015


Slept up top; woke up with my bivvy sack frozen to the ice under me. Probably won't make that mistake again but it was a good experience overall for my first "winter ascent."
Posted May 19, 2015 9:34 pm

jschallSpeed Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2013
3:06 hike to the summit. Beat the sun. Was just trying to see the sunset at the summit. Was too cold to wait for the actual sunset.
Posted Jun 22, 2013 4:45 am

FletchVery cool route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2009


started at 90 degrees and summited at 55 degrees. wierd.
Posted Dec 26, 2012 2:22 pm

WildSan Gorgonio 9 Peak Traverse - Peak #1  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2012


Starting the traverse
Posted Dec 25, 2012 6:09 pm

Trailboss88first time in the SG wilderness  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2012


2 day solo backpack trip. Day 1 3 hours to High Creek Camp. Day 2 Summit and back down (7 hours, 1 at summit). Everyone else was doing it as a day hike. Map distances are not accurate (significantly lower) than what my GPS showed. A bit of icy snow on top.
Posted Nov 22, 2012 1:25 am

telemarkdudeWinter Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 26, 1986


Was a nice winter hike. A little icy on the upper half; ended up pulling out the crampons.
Posted Oct 7, 2012 1:09 am

diersenTraining for Whitney?
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2011


The next time I meet someone on this trail who tells me they're "training for Whitney" I'm going to punch myself in the throat. Doesn't anyone walk this trail just for the fun of it? Because it goes through all sorts of fantastic ecological zones? Because there's something wonderful to see at every turn?

Whitney...big deal. Just enjoy yourself on this lovely trail.

If you really feel the need to train for Whitney, do the Cactus to Clouds trail (partway) up and down.

Also, no map needed. All you have to do is ask yourself "Does this look footworn enough to be the most popular trail in the SGW?" If the answer is no, go back. You've lost the trail. There are signs to direct you at every junction. Don't miss the turn at High Creek Camp.
Posted Aug 1, 2011 10:05 pm

iditarod811st hike of the season  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2011


Beautiful hike despite the 70 mph winds all along the summit ridge. Really eerie and grand to watch (and feel) the clouds rush in from the Coachella and San Gabriel valleys.
Posted May 30, 2011 10:14 pm

JanGA very LONG hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2010


This was my first time on the trail and did not prepare myself well by studying a topo, or using GPS. I started on the trail at 7:45 AM and only reached the summit at 3 PM because I got lost near Halfway Camp. I mistakenly crossed the creek just below the sharp turn to the right. For the next 90 min, I tried to (hopefully) rejoin the trail by climbing the steep rocky terrain to the left of the creek and then, mistakenly, attempting to cross/climb over the thick brush. Eventually I gave up, and crossed the creek again higher up. Fortunately I found the trail as it returned from the long switchback above Halfway Camp. The rest of the hike was uneventful although it was bitterly cold near the summit (there was still a fair amount of snow on the ground). I was back at the parking lot 12 hours after starting!

All in all, this is a great trail. The meadows alongside Vivian creek reminded me of Little Yosemite Valley (above Vernal Falls).

If I try this delightful trail again, it will have to be in the company of my daughter Vivian!!!
Posted Jul 14, 2010 4:36 pm

therockimageSwitchbacks!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2007


Everytime I go to San G I take this trail, maybe I just like the punishment at the beginning!
Posted Jun 11, 2010 2:54 pm

JEFFSVivian Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2009
Wanted to break RT of 8 hours and was successful. Did it in 7 hours and 38 minutes. Vivian to summit and back.
Posted Apr 7, 2010 7:25 pm

RobbNice trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2009


Great way to get up to San Gorgonio! Lots of wildflowers still.
Posted Jul 9, 2009 9:49 am

jmcspring weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2009


Beautiful weather. Still lots of snow in places, but melting fast. We had crampons but did not use them
Posted Apr 27, 2009 12:15 pm

GroundswellWinter is best


many trips through the years. Winter is always best. Most memorable was El Nino winter of 94/95? my buddy and I were at parking lot with 2 fellows from San Diego in full mountaineering getup. they ran up in crampons but we caught up in our snow shoes. later at Halfway, they pulled out brand new Bibler tent while we dug a hole. They asked to take pictures inside our warm cave. thought that was rather funny. summited next day.
Posted Mar 23, 2009 5:53 pm

farrisglNice Weekend Backpack  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2008


Really nice overnight weekend backpack trip.
Posted Mar 22, 2009 1:01 am

Alex WoodGreat Hike

Alex Wood

Incredible elevation gain the first 1.2 miles! Didn't summit, but the trail was real nice. Plenty of snow along the trail and ice in the morning.
Posted Dec 1, 2008 8:54 pm

mdostbyVivian Creek  Sucess!


Many times. Winter is best!
Posted Oct 30, 2008 7:30 pm

hol571San G via Vivian Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2008


nice and hot, spent the night at high creek on the ascent. took a first time backpacker up with me
Posted Oct 29, 2008 2:34 pm

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