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San Gorgonio Peak

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16.3 Miles 26.3 Kilometers



5,484' 1,672 m


-5,484' -1,671 m



Avg Grade (7°)


Max Grade (29°)

11,492' 3,503 m


6,091' 1,856 m


Shared By Justin Johnsen


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The shortest and steepest route to the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio.

Justin Johnsen

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife


Gain one of San Bernardino National Forest's most beautiful peaks on this awesome run. Though difficult, the views from the top make it well worth the journey.


The trailhead is reached by turning east off Highway 38 to Forest Falls. Continue through Forest Falls to the top end (east end) of the Falls Picnic Area at the end of the road.

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. Turn right onto San Bernardino Peak Trail and finally gain the San Gorgonio summit. 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.

History & Background

San Gorgonio is the highest peak in the San Bernardino National Forest rising to 11,502 feet.


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Oct 18, 2018
Ski Runner
Great run, but be prepared for big temperature change on top! Still, it's close to 18M both ways!
Aug 19, 2018
Jay Salazar
Beautiful trail... enduring hike for sure! 18.6mi
Aug 12, 2016
Perry Cortell
Good from Momyer-Alger Creek & down Vivian. Lots of water flowing in all the creeks as of 8/12/2016. 24mi — 7h 19m

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Dave JM  
This trail is 18miles round trip. Dec 13, 2017
Permits are no longer required, only recommended, and there is no longer a quota for use of the trail. It's a very popular trail because it's the shortest way to the summit of San Gorgonio. I estimate the mileage at 17.1 miles. Jul 15, 2018
Ski Runner
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Ski Runner   Imperial Beach
18 mile round trip, not too technical but plenty of lose rock on the trail. If hiking, good, sturdy hiking shoes recommended. If running, you don't need very aggressive sole because it's not too slippery. The trail is mostly very well established, east to follow. The trail at the very top, last 1/2 mile is somewhat sketchy, loose gravel with some rocks. You basically follow footsteps, and might easily stray off. The summit is much colder, windy. As always, if you are packing light, you gonna be uncomfortable on the top, which is always a dilemma for a summit trail runners. Overall, this is a long 18 miles! Oct 19, 2018

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