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Vivian Creek Trail

 6 votes

8.1 Miles 13.1 Kilometers

 

69% 

Runnable

Singletrack

5,405' 1,648 m

Ascent

-19' -6 m

Descent

11,482' 3,500 m

High

6,095' 1,858 m

Low

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

54%

Max Grade (28°)

All Clear

40 days agoUpdate

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

Justin Johnsen

Overview

Adventure Pass Required $5/day or $30/year. Interagency Passes also accepted.

Also, a Wilderness Permit is required - this is a very popular trail, especially on summer weekends. It is suggested you request your permit in advance. Wilderness Permit applications are accepted up to 90 days in advance of your trip. Learn more here.
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

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. 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.

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All Clear 40 days ago
Dry: Good water available at mile 5 along stream crossing, otherwise streams mostly dry. Temps: 30s near peak & 50s most of climb
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