San Gorgonio Climber's Log

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Rick Kent

Rick Kent - Feb 7, 2005 8:34 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2004  Sucess!

My first winter climb up San G. Warm weather meant soft snow. Soft snow meant snowshoes. It was that horrid wet sticky snow that wouldn't let go. Epic day and a nice challenge.

Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Feb 7, 2005 3:15 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: Feb 5th, 2005  Sucess!

Absolutely beautiful winter hike. 25 degrees at the trailhead and about 15 to 20 on top with a 25 to 30 mph wind. Major snow depth but a pretty good surface for hiking and climbing. Really surprised to find so few people on a Saturday. Followed other's tracks that caused me to have to do an extra couple hundred vertical, but no big deal. Met those three guys coming back down and chatted briefly. They said they thought it was too steep for snowshoes, which two of them had, so they did not get above about 9,800 feet, judging from their tracks. Met two other guys who had left the summit about an hour ahead of me and one guy set to camp out at the 10,000 foot level: (Jeff, thanks again for the loan of the light, it was very useful - and one heck of a good light, too!) Also, met another guy just starting out up the trail in the dark, (at about 5 past 6) who said he was going to spend a few days up there and had climbed it many times.

So, that's two campers, 3 hikers who cut the trip short and 3 summitters. Wow! - Talk about uncrowded!

Total time up 6:38, and down in 3:43. With the extra vertical, my GPS said it was 5,707 total gain and going directly up some of the ridges and down High Creek shortened the trek to 13.5 miles. I'll definitely try this one again in the summer!

brutus of wyde

brutus of wyde - Jan 17, 2005 8:19 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Trail Date Climbed: June 25, 1979  Sucess!

Car to summit in 2 hours 26 minutes 38 seconds. Round trip car-to-car 4 hours 33 minutes. Was married later the same day. My 38th ascent of the peak.



WRGruener - Jan 14, 2005 4:35 pm

Route Climbed: Fish Creek and Vivian Creek Date Climbed: Sometime in the 80's  Sucess!

Fish Creek was a day hike. One of my friends (6'-9" tall - size 15 shoe) wore cheap tennis shoes, his feet have never been the same since.

Vivian creek backpacking trip. Was a blast, got hassled by the same ranger twice for having a permit for another area, playing dumb saved the trip. My friends brother wore earth shoes which he says made the uphill twice as steep!


flotzilla - Dec 31, 2004 6:44 pm

Route Climbed: November 17, 2003  Sucess!

vivian trail, high creek route

Matthew Holliman

Matthew Holliman - Nov 18, 2004 9:53 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2004  Sucess!

First peak on a Nine Peaks dayhike with Glenn. I think there were more people on the summit than any other peak I've climbed, except maybe for Half Dome.

agorokhov - Nov 15, 2004 2:20 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: May, 2004  Sucess!


newenglandhiker - Oct 23, 2004 8:44 pm

Route Climbed: South Fork Trail Date Climbed: 30 June 2001  Sucess!

another county highpoint


GlennG - Sep 21, 2004 1:21 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: September 5, 2004  Sucess!

Hit San G. as the first of the 9 peaks trail. Left the trailhead at 6am, had the summit by 9:30am. Nice day, came out in Angelus Oaks.


thebeave7 - Sep 19, 2004 6:38 pm

Route Climbed: Fish Creek Date Climbed: Sept 16th, 2004  Sucess!

Climbed as the second mountain in the So Cal 8000m challenge. What a brutal day.


tahoeberne - Aug 13, 2004 11:33 pm

Route Climbed: Mill Creek and Vivian Creek Date Climbed: Circa 1966 and 1970  Sucess!

The Mill Creek is another route not noted here. It is long hike. The trail starts at about 6,500 feet, so it is 5000 foot vertical gain. The Vivian Creek is much easier.


n8jojohnson - Aug 7, 2004 10:53 pm

Route Climbed: South Fork Trail / Vivian Creek Date Climbed: August 7 & December 12, 2004  Sucess!

Took South Fork Trail and stayed the night at Dry Lake View. Touched the summit and hiked back around passed Dry Lake and out through Horse Meadows. Winter climb w/ off-trail ridge traverse. Views opened up once the summit ridge was gained. Amazing in the winter.


t511a - Jul 21, 2004 8:23 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: Summer '97, '98, '99, '00....  Sucess!

A great way to train for longer trips. Long trail, steep for first mile or so, then a moderate hike to the summit. Leave early. Way early. It gets way hot up there.


pusdkq6ee - Jul 18, 2004 12:51 am

Route Climbed: Vivian Creel Date Climbed: July 17 2004  Sucess!

I did it for the 2 nd time. This time is tire; may be because I push too hard; I wanted to go up there earlier with my new hiking boot. BUT I STILL ENJOY IT.


pusdkq6ee - Jul 1, 2004 6:30 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: June 19th 2004  Sucess!

It took me 12 hours to go up and down. But I didn't feel tire after that. I will go again, again.


ridgeline - Jun 13, 2004 7:13 pm

Route Climbed: South Fork to Dry Lake trail Date Climbed: August 2000  Sucess!

Did this a few times as a kid to get ready for longer hikes, hasn't changed , still a death march.

Shaun Matyas

Shaun Matyas - Jun 11, 2004 7:18 pm

Route Climbed: The South Fork Trail Date Climbed: May 27 2003  Sucess!

Wow, this is a long route, yet if you are planning on camping at the peak it is worth the trek, there are several rock shelters at the top and the good view of your next climb, San Jacinto.


WhereAmI - Apr 19, 2004 10:15 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: April 10, 2004  Sucess!

It was harder than I thought. Should have brought crampons because my snowshoes were worthless on the icy slopes. A jolt of realism hitting the naive mountaineer in my head. Good times.


lidijagrazulis - Feb 19, 2004 1:02 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Trail Date Climbed: October 18, 2003  Sucess!

I've summited via Vivian Creek 3 times to-date. 1st done as a 2-day backpack in May 2001, then as a dayhike in July 2002, then finally as a backpack up to sleep on the summit in October 2003. One of my favorite SoCal trails!


Khanes - Feb 8, 2004 9:42 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Trail Date Climbed: Oct 2002  Sucess!

A buddy and I made a late summer push up San Gorgonio, and tarped it on the top. Water was scarce on the way up due to a dry summer, but the nighttime view was unbeatable. The cars on the freeway in the valley gave an almost serpent-like view from the top. I highly encourage spending the night on the top of this peak in one of the many rock shelters, and then quietly making your way off the peak in the early morning light. We were lucky enough to come across 7-10 bighorn sheep on the trail, at one time not more than 75 feet away. A ranger at the bottom was shocked to hear of our experience, saying that seeing them is highly unusual. We were blessed!

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