An early start made for nice weather (hotter on the way down). There was still some snow after 9500 ft. Spent 8 hours hiking. Would like to try again in the winter.
Mineshaft trail to the peak was mostly covered in snow. Have done S. Fork and Vivian and this is by far the best - remote, grand views and a real butt-kicker! Try it in a few weeks when the snow melts down a bit.
Spent the night at Dry Lake View wondering if the tent was going to blow away. Could barly stand up on the summit. Very clear day.
The beginnings of the CMF lifestyle...High Creek camp.
Duane and I followed Dennis Poulin's report and ascended directly up the north slopes above Dry Lake to the summit ridge. The snow was in great shape, but the wind on the summit was strong and cold. Great glissading on the descent except up high were the icy surface was less than comfortable at times. I finally got the Gorgonio monkey off my back! It was our eighth Ultra prominence peak in eight days, with one more to go the following day, Hayford Peak.
Beautiful day, no one else on the summit. Great glissade off the summit ridge.
My very first hike. An Eagle Scout buddy of mine thought it might be fun to quickly run up to the top of this mountain. Living in the Temecula area, he thought it would be no problem to drive up to the trailhead, hike to the summit, and get back to Temecula in time for me to work a 6 hour shift that evening. Boy, was he WRONG!
We did pretty well getting to the summit, but I was expectedly VERY tired. I had no idea that the climbing would be as difficult as it was.
We lost the trail about 3 miles from the trailhead, and bushwhacked. It was precarious, and we resorted to following a small creekbed that we knew would eventually empty into Vivian Creek. We reached the end of the creek as it dumped some 300 feet over a cliff to Vivian Creek below! We fortunately found a very steep but negotiable trail to skid down on our butts and about a mile hike up Vivian Creek back to our car.
This hike got me excited about hiking, and later in the month we hiked up in the Sierra Nevada.
We were on fresh trail the whole way past South Fork Meadows. It was difficult travel; too slushy for crampons but icy in spots, too steep for snow shoes. It was really fun, but the effort it required kept us from summiting. I guess we should have followed all the foot steps to Dry Lake, but we still had a good adventure on a great day.
Hadn't considered climbing Gorgonio but it's been staring me in the face for a week, so I planned a day hike as far as I could go from the South Fork Trail to Dollar Lake (?) until 1430 and I'll be damned, I summitted the thing! Ended up sandwiched on the north side between Gorgonio, Jepson and Little Charlton. Front-pointed to summit of Jepson to cut time and it was exhilerating glissading back down. Snow was great, waaay too much sunshine, my face is fried, a blister bloodied and thankfully I had an hour's worth of obscenities stored up for the trek from Jepson's to Gorgonio summit. What a slog! Why do I do these things solo?!
What's with the cables on Gorgonio summit? And which hump is the true summit? I stood on all of them just to be safe. :) Someone needs to replace the Jepson sign too. (I didn't break it)
From the summit of the Jepson Peak I traversed along the ridge untill I reached the summit of the San Gorgonio
Climbed about dozen times while living in Redlands
ran into a bear on the way down, he ran one way i the other.
The summer hikes on this peak have been very tiring, but the terrain is very beautiful. During the winter, I had an overnighter where we camped at Dry Lake. The snow was thick, and snowshoeing the trail was fun. The night at the Lake was very tranquil; after dinner we drank beers and smoked cigars on all the ice and snow in the middle of the lake. I would like to do this one in the winter again.
Beautiful weekend with very few people. My first very first summit ever. ( I just moved to San Diego from Minnesota.) I hiked up solo to around 10,000ft and set up camp. Met Don on his way down from the summit, glad the light came in handy for you Don. I then continued on and reached the summit around 6:00pm. Hiked out the next day. I'll definitely be coming back for more!!
Did a successful solo dayhike up San G last March and decided to do it again even earlier in the year. Lots of snow and another long day. Brought snowshoes but never used them. Did use crampons though.
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.
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!
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.
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!
vivian trail, high creek route