Vivian Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 5,405' 1,648 m
Descent: -19' -6 m
High: 11,482' 3,500 m
Low: 6,095' 1,858 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)
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“The shortest and steepest route to the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio.”— Justin Johnsen
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.
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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Land Manager: USFS - San Bernardino National Forest Office