Little San Gorgonio Peak Professional Review and Guide
"Little San Gorgonio Peak (9133´) is the second highest point on the Yucaipa Ridge and is the most difficult summit to reach. An insidiously direct cross-country route leads up Camp Creek, gaining 3000 feet in 1.3 horizontal miles, for an astonishing average grade of 23 degrees. Despite the short distance, the trip is only suited to experienced cross-country climbers with strong route-finding skills. If in doubt, try the significantly easier Galena Peak first (see Trip 5.3). Camp Creek is also a natural avalanche chute and accumulated snow in the north-facing gully can linger into early summer. This is an excellent snow climb in early spring when continuous well-consolidated snow covers the talus, waterfalls, and bushes. Be careful to assess the avalanche risk before venturing up. By late spring, the snow bridges over the creek have thinned, and present a falling hazard, but reveal delightful waterfalls. The creek dries up later in the season. An ice axe and crampons are necessary in early season and a helmet is prudent any time of year. Any time of year that you visit, your exertions are rewarded with solitude and stunning views of the peaks along the San Bernardino Divide and Yucaipa Ridge."