San Gorgonio

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California, United States, North America
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Apr 12, 2012
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San Gorgonio
Created On: Jun 19, 2012
Last Edited On: Jun 19, 2012
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The Mountain

San Gorgonio

San Gorgonio, nicknamed Old Grayback, rests in the San Bernardino National Forest. It is the highest point in Southern California at 11,499ft. We called the local Ranger to check on conditions and he described them as "extreme alpine". Our alpine gear in tow, we set out on the trail in 70 degree heat.

Day 1

Mike looking for route

Movin. We were moving fast up the trail and saw very few people. Around 8,000ft we began to encounter patchy snow. With the snow ever increasing and eventually fully covering the trail we soon realized we had moved too fast... we were lost.

Camp on San G
We forged our own trail up the ridge we had been following and found our way into rolling hills with melting snow. As you can imagine, post-holing began to weigh heavy on our fatigue and morale. Using our map we could see San Gorgonio and knew where the trail should be, but with fading light, Mike started losing his warmth fast so we set up camp. In the morning our goal would be to find Dry Lake camp and get back on the path to the summit.

Day 2

Awake. Fresh legs and renewed morale flooded our minds with the energy to get moving fast. After a quick bite to eat we took off and to our happy surprise, stumbled onto Dry Lake just 5 minutes after leaving our camp.
Dry LakeFound

The ChutesView of the Chutes
We looked up from the lake and could see our route. We were going to Ice Ax and crampon up the middle of the three chutes. Motoring up to the chute, we were filled with excitement and Mike had not yet used crampons before so he had a little bit of anxiety.

Climb. The chute was (as always) my favorite part of the climb. After showing Mike how to self-arrest and allowing him some practice time we began the ascent push. The snow was in good condition as it was in shade still from the rising sun.
mike on chuteMike doin work!

E climbingIn my favorite place

on the hillThe Boys

Mike at top of chuteThe last bit of the chute was much steeper than the rest and this is the view from the top.

Jacinto from Gorgonio SummitSan Jacinto from G
Summit.We reached the summit and took in the view.

Here's a link to a panarama I took: Panorama San Gorgonio

Post GlissadeFace Freeze
Then came the fun part of glissading down. I will say this was not as fun as it could be because I left my face mask in the tent.

If you want a more in depth look at this and other hikes check out my blog: Itch to Wander



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