San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek

Redlands, California 92374

San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek

San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek Professional Guide

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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."

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100 Hikes in Southern California: San Bernardino Mountain Trails (Wilderness Press)
John W. Robinson with David Money Harris
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"The Vivian Creek Trail is the shortest way to climb San Gorgonio Mountain, but also one of the steepest. You start from near the head of Mill Creek Canyon, climb into the verdant hanging valley of Vivian Creek, cross a high ridge into High Creek, and ?nally ascend gravelly slopes to the barren summit. En route you pass three beautiful trail camps—Vivian Creek, Halfway Camp, and High Creek. Any one of the three makes a pleasant overnight stop if you are doing the mountain in two days." Read more

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Nearby City
5,500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
9 hours
San Gorgonio Wilderness
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Dec 2018