San Gorgonio Climber's Log

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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!


Rob - Jan 18, 2004 3:43 am

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Trail Date Climbed: 1990/2002  Sucess!


Scott M.

Scott M. - Oct 18, 2003 5:35 pm

Route Climbed: South Fork loop trip Date Climbed: October 18, 2003  Sucess!

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.


Rockopotamus - Oct 4, 2003 5:47 pm

Route Climbed: Vivan Creek Date Climbed: 03 Oct 2003  Sucess!

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...

Hiker Babe - Oct 1, 2003 1:25 am

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: 08/23/03  Sucess!

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.


madclimber - Sep 26, 2003 12:48 pm

Route Climbed: Vincent Gap Trail Date Climbed: July 15, 2003  Sucess!

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!


Reiksgib - Aug 15, 2003 7:42 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Trail Date Climbed: August 10, 2003  Sucess!

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."


395guy - Aug 7, 2003 11:42 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: August 7, 2003  Sucess!

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.

stayte - Jul 20, 2003 12:03 am

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: July 3, 2003  Sucess!

a long day - summited San Gorgonio, Jepson Peak, Little Charlton Peak and Charlton Peak - 14 hour round trip.

stayte - Jul 19, 2003 11:57 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: June 16, 2003  Sucess!

9 hours round trip (including summiting nearby Jepson Peak).


thebeave7 - Jun 19, 2003 9:15 am

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: June 18, 2003  Sucess!

Started out at 7:30am, passed a few groups on the way up. Left behind my partner at about 10,000ft and summited just under 4 hours. Second person up for the day. The flies are coming out on some of the middle sections of the trail, but otherwise, it was a beautifully warm day, got a nice tan. Good warm up for the Sierras.

Michael Tolchard

Michael Tolchard - Jun 8, 2003 11:51 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: 7 June 2003  Sucess!

2x San G for me. Skeeters were terrible at the trailhead and for the first 2 miles of the climb until I got out of the lush lower portion of Vivian Creek. Afternoon cloud buildup directly above the summit created some concern about lightning, but none materialzed. Same clouds cut out the sun, making temps a little more bearable. Small snow pellets dropped on the summit for a very brief time and didn't stick to anything. A few small patches of snow on the trail above 11,000' but easily passable with nothing but ones feet. About 15 people on the summit.


Reiksgib - Jun 7, 2003 2:45 pm

Route Climbed: Fish Creek Trail to the Sky High Trail Date Climbed: May 31, 2003  Sucess!

Incredible climb with a bit more snow than we expected. The gullies were all packed with snow on the Sky High Trail. Please see my full trip report at:


395guy - Jun 5, 2003 11:45 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: Sat, November 23, 2002  Sucess!

Great hike. Cold on top with constant 30 mph winds, but what can you expect for a November hike at 11,500 ft? No snow on trail, but the next weekend SanG got a big dump. Since daylight hours are short in November, we left 30 minutes before sunrise and got back at sunset.

agorokhov - May 27, 2003 2:20 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: May 26, 2003  Sucess!


Joeyroo - May 18, 2003 2:38 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: May 17, 2003  Sucess!

The wind stole a beanie from a person's head in our group. Extremely windy on the summit that I could barely hear anything but the wind. Snow present. Crampons and ice ax not used. Trekking poles were sufficient (for me).


RickF - Mar 31, 2003 1:54 pm

Route Climbed: Ascent via Forsee Creek & descent via Vivian Creek Date Climbed: May 26, 2002  Sucess!

It was an extremely dry year, there was no water any where on the mountain. But it was a great trip none the less. I had been to the summit as an eleven year old in boy scouts over 30 years earlier. It was great to be back. My younger brother, who's first real hike was less than a year before, was definitely setting our somewhat fast pace. We carried tent, stove and sleeping bags, spent one night at Shields Flat. Next visit will be up & down Vivian Creek as a day hike... maybe in the snow!

cuprina - Mar 13, 2003 3:57 pm

Route Climbed: South Fork Trail Date Climbed: June 22nd, 2002  Sucess!

Great views!

Eric Tipton - Dec 18, 2002 10:45 pm

Route Climbed: Vivian Creek Date Climbed: March, 2001  Sucess!

Luke Tipton, Bob Cable, Joel Koury and I hiked up the Vivian Creek trail with our alpine ski gear on our backs. We summited @ 2 p.m. and skied down the "big bowl" on the north slope until the snow was gone. We hiked out on the lower portion of the "poopout hill" trail where we had left a car early that morning. An excellent hill to ski.

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