San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek

Redlands, California

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At 11,499 feet, San Gorgonio Mtn. is the tallest summit in Southern California and is an obligatory climb for serious local mountaineers. The Vivian Creek Trail was the first established route to the summit of San Gorgonio. At the behest of Thomas Aker, owner of the Forest Home resort in Mill Creek, the trail was hacked up the steep and brushy mountainside under the direction of Albert Vivian of Yucaipa in 1898. Now that there are numerous excellent trails on the mountain, many hikers still believe Vivian Creek is the best. It is steep and direct, offers fantastic views, and passes three fine trail camps en route.

San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek Professional Review and Guide

"At 11,499 feet, San Gorgonio Mtn. is the tallest summit in Southern California and is an obligatory climb for serious local mountaineers. The Vivian Creek Trail was the first established route to the summit of San Gorgonio. At the behest of Thomas Aker, owner of the Forest Home resort in Mill Creek, the trail was hacked up the steep and brushy mountainside under the direction of Albert Vivian of Yucaipa in 1898. Now that there are numerous excellent trails on the mountain, many hikers still believe Vivian Creek is the best. It is steep and direct, offers fantastic views, and passes three fine trail camps en route."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Redlands
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: 5,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9 hours
Season: June-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: San Gorgonio Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek

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