Climbed as the second mountain in the So Cal 8000m challenge. What a brutal day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It took me 12 hours to go up and down. But I didn't feel tire after that. I will go again, again.
Did this a few times as a kid to get ready for longer hikes, hasn't changed , still a death march.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Had a great run on the mountain this morning with very few people out on the trails. A bit of Fall color showing in the leaves. It was windy on top but still a nice day. I took the S. Fork trail up and headed for Dry Lake, Mineshaft Saddle and on to the top. Returned by running down the other trail past the Dollar Lake trail junction and back down to the trailhead completing a big CW loop on a stem. One of my best days on the mountain out of several visits over the years. 3 hours up , 2 down.
Left San Diego @ zero dark thirty to avoid the traffic...Stepped off on the trail @ 0740 and was summit bound...the first climb just across the river was very steep and I quickly discarded my long sleeve shirt...the trail was very well marked and easy to follow. Took numerous pictures and the view from about 9,000 feet as the clouds blanketed everything below you was spectacular...There is no water source (no snow) after you pass the High Creek Camp and the summit is still about three miles away so enusre you have an adequate supply of H2O... On the summit, filled out the log book, enjoyed the view, took several photos, had my equipment check by the resident custom inspector (persistent furry four legged chimpmonk looking beast) Took a short nap at the top and then headed down while the sun light was plentiful...A couple of hikers on there way up to camp said they had spotted two small bear off in the distant between vivian creek and the halfway camp area...
We knew the hike was long, but had no clue how hard it was. We started at 6:30 a.m. and the mosquitos were plentyful. One gal in our party was very slow and we had to wait at every stop for her to catch up. It took us over 7 hours to reach the top and 5 hours to descend. It was really tough but well worth it. The whole hike had beautiful vista and on a clear day you can see for miles. For this hike you have to be in good shape and know your limits.
One of the most beautiful mountains I've been on. This was my second solo on the mountain, first time I followed someones snow tracks in the wrong direction and got lost until very late at night (New Moon of course). Second time reached the summit in one of my fastest hikes, 7.5 hours. I started at dawn - 6AM, summited at 10:30AM, got to the beach in time to go body surfing and watch the sunset and hour later!
We left the mosquito-infested trailhead parking area around 8:00AM moving at a pretty good clip.
Saw a cooper hawk pick off some unsuspecting bird and scattered its feathers all about. The feather I picked up was dark grey, black and light grey on the top. Not sure what kind of bird the hawk got but a blue jay in the area was alerting the rest of the crew to the danger.
We took a nice break at high creek headed up the switchbacks. We decided to explore those amazing rock outcroppings above high creek looking down into something shiny on the hillside below. Through the binocs it looked like a microwave or radio wave tower on a mountaintop in between the East and South Fork drainages. Anybody know what is up there? On my map it looks like a diversion dam is in the vicinity. Ed, we could also see the jumpoff you were talking about from here. I'll have to make a trip down there sometime...probably when it is not blistering hot like it was today in the canyon. The breeze was blessing since it swept away those high surface temperatures.
We hit the peak at around noon. The weather was excellent on top with a nice breeze sometimes gusting to 15 MPH or so....and yes Rick did fly his kite a bit, but the wind was so erratic and that he couldn't get it to stay up too long. Saw a pair of gliders circling around for a while, and a bunch more cooper hawks and a few redtails looking for an easy meal. The chipmunks we also very active up there so guard your food!
Talked to a couple of guys who had just completed the 9 peaks and said they ran into a very persistent bear up near San Bernadino Peak above the Momyer trail. He was following them for quite a while and refused to back off by making loud noises. Finally they tried to scare him by throwing some rocks in his direction. He eventually backed off and they continued their hike.
We spend a full relaxing hour and a half on top gazing at the surrounding mountain ranges which were all clearly visible...unlike my last trip Then decided to take off about 1:30PM. Trotting down we made it back to the car by 4:00PM and again encountered those blood-thirsty mosquitoes. All in all a great day! As our potential future governor would say, "I'll be back."
I did San Gorgonio as part of a day-hike across the so-called "Nine Peaks." Great day. I left my bike at Angelus Oaks. I parked my van at the Vivian Creek trailhead. I was on the trail at 6:30am and on SanG at 9:40. Perfect day, except a little windy (30-50mph) on SanG and Jepson. I'm not complaining because I had crystal clear skies, absolutely smogless. I could see all the mtn ranges, the deserts, and even the blue horizon of the ocean. Amazingly clear day, especially for August!
Anyway. I then hiked 10 miles across Jepson (11,205), Little Charlton (10,676), Charlton (10,806), Alto Diablo (or at least I think I bagged it -- I never did find the log book), Sheilds Peak (10,701), Anderson Peak (10,864), SanB East Peak (10,691), and finally San Bernardino (10,649). Then I hiked the 8 miles down to the Angelus Oaks trailhead to my bike. Then I had to bike the 12 miles back to my van. I don't recommend doing the bikes. My legs and back were wanting to cramp up.
The 26-mile hike took 9 hrs, 40 min. Good prep for my attempt of the Pikes Peak Marathon a week from Sunday.
Five quarts of liquids were enough for me (3 water in my camelbak and 2 gatorades). Lot of weight, but it's worth it since it's dry across the range.
I was glad that I went the direction that I did (up SanG first and then across to SanB and down). I don't think I would want to face Jepson and SanG after hiking for 17 or 18 miles coming from Angelus Oaks. It was nice to get the big dogs behind me at the first. Also, if going the opposite direction than I went, it would be more tempting to skip some peaks. Both Charltons are quite a ways off the main trail and pretty steep. Anderson and Shields are also a little ways off the trail. I wasn't as tired when I came to those as I would have been coming from the other direction. Of course, my whole goal of the hike was to bag all nine peaks which I did -- or at least I think I did. I signed 8 log books and I never found a log book for Alto Diablo (of course, only the Boy Scouts, not the Forest Service, recognize that peak).
The "Nine Peaks" is a great hike as long as you're willing to carry the extra water and have the stamina to go for 26 miles.
a long day - summited San Gorgonio, Jepson Peak, Little Charlton Peak and Charlton Peak - 14 hour round trip.
9 hours round trip (including summiting nearby Jepson Peak).