My brother and I went up Vivian Creek and enjoyed the top for the first time. Longer, but fairly straightforward day hike.
not like baldy or other hikes closer to the city. i like it out there in the big bear area. very nice views of desert and metropolis.
A long, long walk but entirely worth it. I think this trail is way underrated. I felt as though I had the entire mountain to myself!
Hot and dry, but water still avaialable at Vivian, Half Way and High Creek campgrounds.
Day hiked up Vivian Creek. Still good water flow at High Camp.
I've climbed this mountain several times throughout the years. This was the first time I attempted the grand loop though, starting from Vivian Creek, then descending down through Dry Lake to South Fork, then making my way up Dollar Lake, exiting out of Momyer Trail. Great experience, highly recommend this backpacking route.
climbed several times via several routes. best is in winter.
I have climbed this mountain many times, spring and fall. I have even used crampons over the top ice fields. That was fun! I would really like to do a severe winter stay with all the gear along. And, try some technical climbing on the Jepson north face when it's all snowed in...
My wife and I started out at the south fork trail, we camped at dry lake the first night and summited on the second day. We spent the second night near dollar lake and hiked out the next morning. Fun trip.
Climbed Ol' Greyback with my Ol' Buddy CBUELOW. Camped the night before at High Meadow Spring Trail Camp in windy and cold conditions. Not much water there. Stashed our packs at Dollar Lake Saddle and beelined to Ol'Greyback the next morning. This would be the first of four peaks that day. The night before we knocked out Alto Diablo Peak from our camp.
Vivian's Creek to the summit, my 6th week after a total hip replacement!
Gotta love technology...
1st of 4 peaks that day with Ol' Walsher. Hiked over from High Meadow Spring trail camp, left our packs at Dollar Lake Saddle and headed straight to the top. Windy and cold at the summit with clouds obscuring the views south and east. San Jacinto was barely peeking above the clouds to the south. After eating a sandwich and signing in, we made a beeline for Jepson.
Did this as a training hike, and breaking in new boots. Got huge heal blisters by mile 3 but continued on anyway. Nice challenging hike.
We did this over 5 years ago in the summer. As part of training for bigger climbs I took my partner up for her first time. Sunny and nice. Left at 10:35 and back by 4:15.
After a cold night at High Creek Camp, headed up to the summit around 7:45AM. Ran into cold, wind and blowing snow along the way, but we managed to summit. Stayed long enough to sign the registry and grab a snack. The top was heavily clouded so no need to stay for the view!
When I arrive in the parking lot there was a few inches of snow covering all the cars and still snowing. I left at 10:30am and it was snowing all the way up. It was amazing to see everything covered with snow. On the summit it was very windy and cold. The wind chill factor probably made it in the teens or single digits. All I know is the water around my nose was frozen!
Made it back at 5:10pm.
The first time I went up via Fish Creek; less gain but even longer. I think I might actually prefer Vivian Creek...
We were above the clouds all day! If you are sensitive to altitude, the last 1000 feet are kind of a drag. Got a headache and my stomach was a little upset. Took Advil at the summit and then it was a fairly smooth sail down. Great for training!!
We went up the Vivian Creek Trail to the top. Took a different trail down and camped at High Meadow Spring and back down on the Momyer trail. Previous trips included a day hike on Fish Creek Trail from the campground and another one where we camped up nearer the summit.
Twice from Vivian Creek, once up the Dobbs ridge and once along the trail. The third time was the long loop from South Fork as a dayhike also hit both Charlestons and Jepson.