Glorious day! Views were in excess of 75 miles in all directions. Have never seen Baldy so clear in the summer. Still good water flow at High and Halfway Camps. 5 hours up, about 3h 45m down. Great, rugged (in spots!) trail hike. As far as mileage...have to agree with Gary Suttle's book.
The second peak of the 8000 Meter Challenge. It started out very hot but the higher I climbed the cooler it got. I had beautiful views from the top, I could see Mt. Baldy but San Jacinto had clouds arround it. I began hiking to the top at 10:15am and got back to my car at 6:00pm, my feet were very sore by this point but I still had to go climb San Jacinto.
Great hike with the outdoorclub.org. Hiked via Vivian Creek.
Fun climbed 3 times twice up vivian creek and one in fishermans camp good long dayhike
I had the mountain to myself, except my dad at Vivian Creek camp - only me between camp and the Summit, up and down.
Food poisoning the day before; late start--had to get the permit; TONS of mosquitos; lots of people and Boy Scouts on the Vivian trail, so took a different way down and got lost. For 13 miles I saw NO ONE. Finally bushwhacked down to the river and was stung by bee--all for a beautiful view from the highest peak between the Sierras and Mexico.
6 hours up, 4.5 down. My first 5,000'+ day ever.
The last of the 9 peaks traverse, perfect weather on the trail, long and tiring day.
3rd SoCal HP. Vivian Creek trail.
Camped at high creek, left camp at 4am and summited at 745am! The view was even more amazing than I was anticipating. We were alone on the summit to enjoy the moment.
UPDATED- 5-24-08 Myself and 3 friends climbed the Middle east chute on the North Face for some spring skiing. Climbing up the face with 35+ lbs of ski shit was tough, but happy to get the North Face done!
I don't remember how many times I've been to the top of San G. Great peak, but I've never had very good summit views.
Spectacular view of San Jacinto along the Sky High Trail section, but haze obscured all but the summit of Old Baldy and practically everything else. This hike took longer than expected (14 hours) so I probably wasn't in shape for it.
Long Day!! Extremely cold and windy on summit. Awesome views of San Jacinto. Stayed above clouds the whole day.
I hiked up with friend Trayce S. and we then skied/snowboard 1/2 down. Tough going up without crampons. Making it for a long day.
Great skiing down to the bent tree.
Slept at Forest Falls the night before from a ZZ-top concert at Blockbuster. Feeling drowsey from the night before so I slept in til 9:15. Took a great nap on top an made it down at 4:45pm.
Great training hike without much of a drive.
Went up from Fish Creek. Not a huge gainer (3400') but a distance killer; about 22 miles round-trip. The incline of the trail is too moderate in my opinion; climb up a ridge as soon as you get a chance; it will shave off lots of distance! Other than that, a beautiful side of the wilderness. Go up early; thunderstorms tend to develop late morning.
San Gorgonio was the first peak on my 26-mile trek across the San Bernadino mtns on Sat, July 1, 2006. I went from Vivian Creek TH to San G, then from San G across to San Bernadino, then from San B to Angelus Oaks TH, then I biked back to the Vivian Creek TH. 36 mile day: 8 miles up, 10 miles across, 8 miles down, 10 miles biking.
I did this 36-mile hiking/biking circuit in 2003 also. In 2003, I actually bagged all 9 peaks. Today, I was only concerned about hiking 26-miles in thin air and only bagged three (San G, San B East, San B). Great day. You can read my trip report about the bear on the trail.
Clear early morning with thunderheads in from the desert in the early afternoon. A bit of a hot muggy day so views of San Jacinto and the valley not the best. Trail is clear of snow to the summit with the water running well in Vivian creek.
My second backpacking trip at age 15--kind of a trial by fire. It was January of 1984. The weather was good but the snow was rock-solid and dangerous. My crampons kept coming off and sliding down whatever gully I was attempting to climb. I got within about 1500 feet of the summit and turned back due to blisters, intense fear, lack of confidence and those funky, faulty crampons.
I failed again the next year in January of 1985. I was a little more experienced this time but just couldn't make it due to severe shin bang from my Koflach Vivas and blisters on the balls of my feet. I chose to turn around about 1000 feet below the summit before things got worse. I still had a great time.