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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



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Icy - 2-18-18 Great day Clear skies start getting icy after high creek. Definitely need crampons after High creek, History

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

Justin Johnsen


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.
Gain one of San Bernardino National Forest's most beautiful peaks on this awesome hike. Though difficult, the views from the top make it well worth the journey.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs


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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Feb 18, 2018
Cele N
It was very nice went on 2-18-2018 The weather was good there was a little ice after I Creek definitely need crampons. 12.4mi
Jan 25, 2018
James Ogaz
Oct 7, 2017
Daniel Chen
Sep 8, 2017
Emily Andrade
Aug 13, 2017
Peter Yu
Jun 18, 2017
Timothy Bradbury
6:30 start, 10:30 summit, 2:30 back at car, fun long trail
May 1, 2017
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This hike is a beast. Over 5k ft of climbing, 18 miles, it's a long day. Buy hey, it's the tallest peak in SoCal, so you have to do it. I have a full San Gorgonio hike trip report and turn by turn directions on my blog here > bit.ly/1PwUVL1 Oct 21, 2015
Jeff Hester
Berkeley CA | Bend OR
Jeff Hester   Berkeley CA | Bend OR
San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek is one of only two routes currently open to San Gorgonio. Old Grayback is not only the tallest peak in Southern California, it's also the final peak in the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge: sixpackofpeaks.com Dec 27, 2015

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