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San Gorgonio Mountain (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide
"The rounded, talus-strewn summit of San Gorgonio Mountain (or “Grey-back,” as it was called long ago) crowns the San Bernardino Mountains and regally presides over thousands of square miles of varied Southern California terrain. The mountain’s 11,499-foot elevation qualifies it as the highest peak in California south of the Tehachapi Mountains. The way up and back down is long and challenging. Even so, no California peak-bagger’s long-term itinerary is complete without a visit to the top."
--Author varies by trail, Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press).
We hiked Vivian Creek Trail. The beginning of the trail is rocky and on your way down is very slippery. Highly recommend trekking poles going down. Camped at High Creek first night. It was windy that night and next day. Even though summit is about 3 miles the next day it is challenging. We made it to the summit but it was extremely windy. Beautiful views at top. This hike was definitly challenging but worth it.
Had a brief but great escape from I.E. busy life. Left parking lot at 7:00 p.m., just as the sun was setting. Hike up the very steep first mile then another easy 1.5 miles to Halfway Camp. Came back down in the morning refreshed and relaxed.
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