Split hike into two days. Only available campsite was the summit. Below freezing temps with 30-40 mph gusts were no fun, but everything else was!
Did this hike with 4 friends. Drove out to vivian creek trailhead from Claremont and started hiking around 6am. Took us 7 hours to summit and 4 to get down. Brought snowshoes up but didnt end up needing them. Definitely have crampons and an axe though.
Slept up top; woke up with my bivvy sack frozen to the ice under me. Probably won't make that mistake again but it was a good experience overall for my first "winter ascent."
3:06 hike to the summit. Beat the sun. Was just trying to see the sunset at the summit. Was too cold to wait for the actual sunset.
started at 90 degrees and summited at 55 degrees. wierd.
Starting the traverse
2 day solo backpack trip. Day 1 3 hours to High Creek Camp. Day 2 Summit and back down (7 hours, 1 at summit). Everyone else was doing it as a day hike. Map distances are not accurate (significantly lower) than what my GPS showed. A bit of icy snow on top.
Was a nice winter hike. A little icy on the upper half; ended up pulling out the crampons.
The next time I meet someone on this trail who tells me they're "training for Whitney" I'm going to punch myself in the throat. Doesn't anyone walk this trail just for the fun of it? Because it goes through all sorts of fantastic ecological zones? Because there's something wonderful to see at every turn?
Whitney...big deal. Just enjoy yourself on this lovely trail.
If you really feel the need to train for Whitney, do the Cactus to Clouds trail (partway) up and down.
Also, no map needed. All you have to do is ask yourself "Does this look footworn enough to be the most popular trail in the SGW?" If the answer is no, go back. You've lost the trail. There are signs to direct you at every junction. Don't miss the turn at High Creek Camp.
Beautiful hike despite the 70 mph winds all along the summit ridge. Really eerie and grand to watch (and feel) the clouds rush in from the Coachella and San Gabriel valleys.
This was my first time on the trail and did not prepare myself well by studying a topo, or using GPS. I started on the trail at 7:45 AM and only reached the summit at 3 PM because I got lost near Halfway Camp. I mistakenly crossed the creek just below the sharp turn to the right. For the next 90 min, I tried to (hopefully) rejoin the trail by climbing the steep rocky terrain to the left of the creek and then, mistakenly, attempting to cross/climb over the thick brush. Eventually I gave up, and crossed the creek again higher up. Fortunately I found the trail as it returned from the long switchback above Halfway Camp. The rest of the hike was uneventful although it was bitterly cold near the summit (there was still a fair amount of snow on the ground). I was back at the parking lot 12 hours after starting!
All in all, this is a great trail. The meadows alongside Vivian creek reminded me of Little Yosemite Valley (above Vernal Falls).
If I try this delightful trail again, it will have to be in the company of my daughter Vivian!!!
Everytime I go to San G I take this trail, maybe I just like the punishment at the beginning!
Wanted to break RT of 8 hours and was successful. Did it in 7 hours and 38 minutes. Vivian to summit and back.
Great way to get up to San Gorgonio! Lots of wildflowers still.
Beautiful weather. Still lots of snow in places, but melting fast. We had crampons but did not use them
many trips through the years. Winter is always best. Most memorable was El Nino winter of 94/95? my buddy and I were at parking lot with 2 fellows from San Diego in full mountaineering getup. they ran up in crampons but we caught up in our snow shoes. later at Halfway, they pulled out brand new Bibler tent while we dug a hole. They asked to take pictures inside our warm cave. thought that was rather funny. summited next day.
Really nice overnight weekend backpack trip.
Incredible elevation gain the first 1.2 miles! Didn't summit, but the trail was real nice. Plenty of snow along the trail and ice in the morning.
Many times. Winter is best!
nice and hot, spent the night at high creek on the ascent. took a first time backpacker up with me