San Gorgonio

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Mount San Gorgonio is the highest peak south of the Sierra Nevada mountains all the way to the Mexican border. It's 11,499 summit is the terminus point of a 6+ mile long ridge with numerous peaks over 10,000 feet. In the summer it's a simple trail walk, in the winter one can encounter screaming winds, deep snow, and hard ice on the north slope/face. Located near the major metropolis of Los Angeles, it's hard to believe there's millions of people eleven-and-a-half thousand feet below you. This website has all the details you're gonna need to get there.

Elevation (feet): 11,499
Elevation (meters): 3,505
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Central and Southern California Ranges
State: California
Latitude: 34.1006
Longitude: -116.828
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: 1872
First successful climber(s): Watson A. Goodyear
Nearest major airport: Ontario, CA
Convenient Center: Mentone or Redlands, CA

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 29 trip reports for San Gorgonio.

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  • Log #22086 - by Mike on Oct 04, 2010
    First: GET YOUR PASS AHEAD OF TIME. The Mill Creek office is very difficult to get a hold of (often not answering their phones), and even if you apply, chances are when you get there early in the...
  • Log #18940 - by Chris Bernetich on Oct 09, 2005
    Very nice hike on the Fish Creek Trail. Dress warmly for the top as it can get quite windy and chilly.
  • Log #9051 - by Scott Bowden on Oct 27, 2004
    Very cold and windy at the summit. My thermometer indicated a temp. of 10 deg. White out conditions.
  • Log #9052 - by Scott Tracy Griffin on July 11, 2004
    Started up Vivian Creek at 9 a.m., summited around 1:30; remained up there about an hour, returned to the trailhead by 6:30 p.m. Weather was clear and warm, conditions were great. There's a bandit...
  • Log #9053 - by lawrence gluck on July 08, 2004
    I climbed this peak(Greyback) at 13 in early september 1948 with a small group from the YMCA camp at Boulder Bay (Big Bear LAKE).It was a two day camping trip.I recall seeing an air force base and...
  • Log #9054 - by Steve Jones on July 07, 2004
    Myself and my brother (12 years my junior) Matthew Downing started at 6:30am out of Jenks Lake Trailhead, summitted at 12:30pm, back to T/H at 4:30pm. Most extreme physical challenge ever... but...
  • Log #9055 - by Steve Jones on July 07, 2004
    Myslef and my brother (12 years my junior) Matthew Downing started at 6:30am out of Jenks Lake Trailhead, summitted at 12:30pm, back to T/H at 4:30pm. Most extreme physical challenge ever... but...
  • Log #9056 - by Joel Goldberg on June 09, 2004
    Vivian Creek is a nice challenging hike. 5,300 verts enough for a workout. Where'd all the snow go this year?
  • Log #9057 - by Brad Pennington on Mar 22, 2004
    This was my first winter hike and I had a great time. Up Vivian Creek Trail, 12.5hrs round trip.
  • Log #9058 - by Joseph Pontisso on Feb 01, 2004
    A day with the hand of God around us. Judy Hartman and I went to climb Mt. San G. up the Vivian Creek trail. 2 weeks ago, a 25 year old hiker by the name of Eugene Kumm became lost in the same area.
  • Log #9059 - by Tim Brochou on Oct 01, 2003
    Date Signed: July 19, 2003 11:57 PM 9 hours round trip (including summiting nearby Jepson Peak).
  • Log #9060 - by leland sisk on Sep 14, 2003
    Gorgeous day, beautiful weather. Up and back in 9 hours 20 minutes from the north side. Awesome . . .
  • Log #9061 - by Wesley W. Smith on Aug 04, 2003
    First time summit from the Vivian Creek trailhead parking lot. I reached the summit in 2:55:03. I am disappointed with my time, legs were too tired from mile 100+ miles per week of running. Next with...
  • Log #9062 - by Maurice Biddles on July 31, 2003
    Girlfriend and I hiked Vivian Creek with intention of summiting on 7/4 to watch the fireworks from BigBear and other surrounding areas. Both beginners with minimal hiking and backpacking experience....
  • Log #9063 - by Brad Bartick on July 08, 2003
    Hiked from Vivian Creek Trailhead at the end of Forest Falls road to the San Gorgonion summit in 3 hours, 15 minutes. Started at noon and summitted at 3:15pm. Was back at my car at 7pm. Was a great...
  • Log #9064 - by Tony on June 12, 2003
    Beautiful trail, great climb.
  • Log #9065 - by Sean Cole on May 30, 2003
    I had such an amazing time!!!But I feel bad for the hiker I saw on the way down who broke their leg!
  • Log #9066 - by Doug Hart aka Spanky on May 08, 2003
    I'm looking for past Ta Ta Pochon campers who have climbed the summit of "Old Greyback" for a possible reunion trek in 2004 or 2005. Please forward your email address to me for more...
  • Log #9067 - by T. Espinoza on May 06, 2003
    Hiked up the peak in the Fall of 1998 with a group out of RCC, my first summit. The hike up the summit was beautiful with fantastic scenery. I experienced no problems on the uphill at all not even...
  • Log #9068 - by jafet Aguilar on May 04, 2003
    A perfect hiking day. My friend Justo and I started at 7:00 A.M from the Vivian Creek trailhead, and we summited at 1:00 P.M. It was very windy and cold at the top.
  • Log #9069 - by Barron Perry on Apr 24, 2003
    I first climbed to the summit of Mt Greyback in the summer of 1964 while at Camp Norris. For the next 5 years I climbed that mountain at least twice a year. I earned a Camp Hiking badge for every...
  • Log #9070 - by Robert on Feb 17, 2003
    I had completed my other three climbs (Santiago, San Jacinto, and Mt San Antonio) and had been eagerly anticipating climbing San Gorgonio. With 16 miles and 5,700 feet of elevation gain it is the...
  • Log #9071 - by Jim Taylor on Feb 08, 2003
    I've bagged Sanny "G" 7 times. They have all been great experiences. This a great training for the Sierra Nevada or Cascades, etc. I've skied and snowboarded from the top.
  • Log #9072 - by Nick Segalle on Aug 28, 2002
    It was a very hard hike to complete with all your gear. I recommend this as a day hike, as you will need to carry a tent and necessary gear for an overnight stay at the summit. It is cold at the...
  • Log #9073 - by Laura "Stonewall" Hiesener on Aug 27, 2002
    I hiked with the same Girl Scout group as Keri and Ayslinn did, and we had an absolute blast!!! If you're thinking about doing the hike, GO FOR IT! It is a beautiful trail and the top is...
  • Log #9074 - by Ricardo Gomez on Aug 18, 2002
    The first time I went up the summit was with a bunch of runners and hikers who have gone up the trail many times. It took us about 4 hours to get up and 2 hours to get down (we sprinted down). The...
  • Log #9076 - by Jamie on July 30, 2002
    The peak was great. We got there on the 20th of July 2002. We were a group of girl scouts from Julian CA. We reached the peak on the forth day of our hike.
  • Log #9077 - by Ayslinn G. on July 29, 2002
    San Gorgonio Peak is beautiful!!! The day we got up ther, the skies were clear, there was a light wind blowing, and it was HOT!!! I was amazed at how many people were up there... mostly guys. We were...
  • Log #9078 - by Radu Frentiu on July 24, 2002
    can be done in a one day hike in a summer and back if you start before 8am and you are in good shape , dont forget the trekking poles and water ( a dry mountain water condition very unstable ) also i...