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16.3 mile 26.3 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 5,484' 1,672 m
Descent: -5,484' -1,671 m
High: 11,492' 3,503 m
Low: 6,091' 1,856 m


Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 56% (29°)


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Trail shared by Justin Johnsen

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

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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 hike. 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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Mar 29, 2019
Christian Flores
Jan 3, 2019
Sampson Liao
Dec 10, 2018
Cele N
Nov 24, 2018
Cele N
Nov 10, 2018
Chris Joe
Oct 25, 2018
Joy T
Oct 20, 2018
started at 9am. at first got lost in the riverbed. whole hike longer than expected. epic views, nice weather, snow on top, finished just after sunset 19.5mi — 10h 00m
Sep 30, 2018
Andrew B

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Anonymous User  
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
Andriy Semenyuk
Los Angeles, CA
Andriy Semenyuk   Los Angeles, CA
We did this hike around Thanksgiving (2018) and finally found the time to edit the video that we shot featuring our experience. Here is the link: youtu.be/P5LWPAtcsSE It's an incredibly picturesque hike and worth every minute spent being there. Please enjoy and consider icy/snowy condition if you doing the hike in the late fall. Mar 10, 2019

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