Had the mountain all to myself on the vivian creek side. I had gps'd my route and that was huge in my effort. There was lots of snow above 8600 feet so at least carrying snowshoes, ice axe and crampons paid off. It was an exhausting day, a dawn to nearly dark menu and I almostbit off more than I could chew. However, weather wise, it was a perfect day but smoggy down below.
We headed up on a beautiful weekend in November via the Vivian Creek trail. Camped about 2500' below the summit on a cold Saturday night. The next morning we were completely alone on the summit. A great weekend!
Had a great time. I and a buddy traversed 4 peaks to get to summit. Snowboarded down to well past High Creek. A great weekend!
Postholing w/ Jskills...ugly weather...turned back.
I led a group of friends up the Vivian Creek Trail. When we summitted at 1 pm, it promptly started to snow. Not everyone was prepared; good thing I had carried extra warm clothes. On the return, we got hit by a good thunder storm. There was lots of lightning and seeing the lightning-charred trees along the trail wasn't too comforting. However, during the last hour of our hike the sun came out in force and so we were treated to some variable weather on this mountain today.
Icredible amount of snow on the mountain, altough it was may. We overnight at dollar lake completly frozen. We were alone over there, It was magic
It is a steep climb up this trail, But it is worth it .
Climbed it in 11 hours.
Very long day and I hated that damned Vivian Creek Trail. I even got altitude sickness when we got to camp. But the next day we got up and climbed up to the top and then all the way back out to the cars which was an even longer day than the day we hiked in. Great views on top though and the highest point in Southern California!
Fourth peak of 4 climbed that day and the last of the "Nine Peaks" climbed on the trip. Ended up spending the night on top and it was the windiest night I've ever spent anywhere. Great trip to do though, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in a 3 day backpacking trip in the local mountains.
I made the summit today. This was my first attempt. Hurray! Ascent took 4hrs 15min, descent the same time. I'm not sure how that happened. Anyway, I hope this is a gateway for many more memorable hikes in the future (San Jacinto looked very tempting from the summit today). But now, I just want to go to bed.
Attempted a one day snow shoe winter ascent. It was a long day and we didn't come close making it.
Well we would have been at least another 2 hours.
Very enjoyable hike! The wind made the summit very cold however. There were still about 5 feet of snow on the ground above 9000' too. Glissading back down on my butt was quite possibly the most fun I've ever had! Climbed San G's neighbor, San Jacinto, the next day.
Hiked as part of 9-peaks
After a nice lunch (brought left-overs from home: chicken, rice with tomatoes & onions) at the top of Dragon's Head, took me about 50 minutes to hike from the Dragon's Head to San Gorgonio's summit via its south slope. Climbed both peaks (Dragon's Head & San Gorgonio) in under 6 hours. Left the summit at 2:30pm. Got to my car at the Vivian Creek trailhead just before 6:30pm.
no problem reaching top. A little bit of lingering snow on exposed trail at 11,000 feet and up. Gorgeous day with clear skies, no wind and very few people.
We went off the trail and climbed the snow slopes (yes, snow in June). Had a lot of fun glissading down.
Up and down in a quick day, pretty sore afterwards but that was when I wasn't in prime shape for higher mountains.
Vivian Creek day hikes, Fish Creek in the winter, and via whatever trail leads over "pop-out hill" back in my 1970's boy scout days.
I've climbed it at least 4 times, summer and winter, but the most memorable was when I spent the night on top under a full moon in 1978 - it was so bright and clear I could see the ocean at night !