San Gorgonio Wilderness Trail via Vivian Creek

#5 of 136 trails in San Bernardino National Forest

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San Gorgonio Wilderness Trail is located near Forest Falls, California and offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is primarily used for camping & hiking and is accessible year-round.

The Vivian Creek Trail is the shortest and the steepest route to the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio. One and two-tenths miles from the trailhead is Vivian Creek Camp (7,100'). Campsites are located upslope to the right of the trail after reaching the stream: one is halfway up the slope, and the other is at the top of the slope (no camping within 200 feet of the trail or creek).

One and three-tenths miles from Vivian Creek Camp is Halfway Camp (8,100'). Water is obtained from the creek 200 yards before camp. Two and three-tenths miles further is High Creek Camp (water available - 9,200'). The summit of San Gorgonio (11,499') is 3 miles beyond High Creek. The upper end of this trail offers outstanding views of Yucaipa Ridge and Galena Peak, as well as sweeping panoramic views from the top of Mt. San Gorgonio. After the South Fork Trail, this is the second most used trail in the Wilderness.

Note: 2010 there was a detour following the flags.

Directions from Palm Springs, CA: San Gorgonio Wilderness is located in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties positioned 2 miles north of Morongo Valley and approxiamtely 10 miles northwest of Palm Springs. It can be accessed by Interstate 10 from the south and State Highway 62 provides access in the Morongo Valley area.

Picnic Area at Vivian Creek

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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did this hike in one day the first oart all switch backs and up up up when you get to vivian creek camp all forest till what I named the switch back rock garden than above treeline have a lot of sunscreen awesome views at top can even c big bear lake start early its a long hike and plan well all in all great hike. PS watch loose rocks on switchbacks took a header and tweeked knee was a ruff and paing ful 5 miles back to truck but still made it .

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This was our first backpacking trip of the season and it was a great way to knock the cobwebs off. We started in the Vivian Creek parking lot with our dog and when we got our first look at the hill we were about to climb, we immediately started cutting weight from our packs, haha! We ended up with her having about 35lbs and my pack weighing in just about 60lbs. Way too much for an overnight trip. I think next time I can cut that down to under 45lbs with little discomfort. The first mile or so was pretty bad. Nothing but uphill after you cross the creek bed. We had to stop a few times before we hit the "zone". After the Vivian Creek Camp it flattens out some more and its just an amazing trek all the the way to the top. Best part is, now I know what I need to work out and train for the next trip, haha!

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32 Completed 26 Reviews

Completed the hike Via Vivian Creek, hardly any snow, great views. I definitely under estimated this hike, the beginning does seem challenging but the rest is a gradual incline towards the peak, but don't fool your self its volume is massive at times it feels like forever. Great hike tho beautiful peak view. I will definitely hike again, please hike safe and let the Rangers know your hiking San Gorgonio if this is your first hike there.

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Loved the hike. Trail tends to get overgrown down below. Very windy up top a lot of times.

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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Doing the hike to the summit is do-able and well worth it for anyone who is in even moderate athletic shape. Some people hike over two days and camp along the way but doing in all in one day is achievable if you're able to focus your attention on mind over matter. It's an internal struggle as well as a strenuous hike but the views and sense of accomplishment on the summit are incredible!

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Perfect training hike for Whitney! Strenuous. Beautiful varied terrain, gorgeous flowers.

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Great hike, definitely challenging as far as length combined with elevation gain, but well worth it once you reach the top/above the tree line. There was various terrain so I was never "bored" with the hike except for a section of lengthy switchbacks. A few recommendations: make sure that you submit a permit at least a few days in advance, you need one to actually do the hike of your choice and I strongly recommend bringing walking poles, it helped me on the way back since there are so many loose rocks on the trail. And one more thing: bug spray might be helpful! There is a portion of the hike that you are paralleling a small river; it is a beautiful part of the hike, but will attract some bugs. Overall, great hike though.

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6 Completed 1 Reviews

We didn't finish it, but plan to go back to summit. Beautiful views. The beginning is steep and hot. It smooths out into some mountain valleys.

First of all, there's some confusion and lack of clear information - you need to get a "Mountain adventure Pass" (aka parking pass) about half a mile down the road from the park entrance. Then, you also need a "wilderness pass" which you have to get from a ranger station something like 5 miles back from whence you came...

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40 Completed 20 Reviews

I love this tough trail except my truck was broken into at the parking lot. They need to increase security there because mine wasn't the only vehicle broken into.

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19 Completed 12 Reviews

very strenuous hike. you want a very early start. it is best to hike june through october due to snow. entire hike took nine hours. there was water at mile 1.2, 2.5, and 3.8. highly recommend this hike to anyone wanting a bit of a challenge. unbeatable views.

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