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Vivian Creek Trail

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


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8.1

Miles

13.1

KM

Point to Point

11,482' 3,500 m

High

6,095' 1,858 m

Low

5,405' 1,648 m

Up

19' 6 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

54%

Max Grade (28°)

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

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.

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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Justin Johnsen

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  4.6 from 11 votes

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Vivian Falls - Forest Falls, CA, USA
Apr 22, 2015 near Banning, CA
Approaching the summit of San Gorgonio Mountain, a.k.a. "Old Greyback"
Aug 24, 2016 near Big Bea…, CA
Top of Mt. San Gorgonio
Jun 27, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA
Vivian Falls - Forest Falls, CA, USA
Apr 22, 2015 near Banning, CA
Mill Creek
Apr 22, 2015 near Banning, CA

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Oct 12, 2019
Jeff Groehler
Whoever recorded this route cut the switchbacks at mile 6. Noticeable on zoomed in map. Distance is more like 9.25+ each way. 18.7mi — 7h 55m
Jul 28, 2019
Sophia L
8h 25m
Jul 21, 2019
Breda Lund
Doing this in one day was super tough, but spending the night in a cabin near the trailhead made it a bit easier. 16.2mi — 12h 00m
Jun 9, 2018
sae young rhee
Apr 14, 2018
Alec Vis
20mi
Jan 28, 2018
Chris Erazo
Aug 26, 2016
Eric Wilkinson
3mi — 1h 30m
Jul 7, 2007
Justin Johnsen