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Ascent of San Gorgonio Mountain on 2013-05-27

Climber: Brian Scott

Others in Party:ucimc'er tg; brother michael
Date:Monday, May 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Gorgonio Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11499 ft / 3504 m

Ascent Trip Report

Three day / two night backpack to hit eleven peaks in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area.

Day 1: Started from the SB Peak Divide Trail head in Angelus Oaks. Hiked six miles or so into camp, at Limber Pine Bench Camp, elevation 9,200' or so. Set up camp and relaxed the rest of the day to get an early start the next day.

Day 2: Got an early start and continued up the SB Peak Divide Trail to Washington's Monument, then continued on to San Bernardino Peak and the San Bernardino East peak. Continued on the SB Peak Divide Trail to the junction of the Forsee Creek Trail, where we headed off southeast, up the northwest ridge of Anderson Peak. From there we headed down Anderson's northeast ridge back to the SB Peak Divide Trail at Anderson Flat. Stayed on the SB Peak Divide Trail until Shields Peak, where we scrambled up Shields' rocky west ridge. From there we headed further on down the SB Peak Divide Trail, scrambling a few feet up off the trail to tag Alto Diablo, and then continued on to High Meadow Springs Camp.

Day 3: From High Meadow Springs Camp, we headed on to Dollar Lake Saddle, and then took a right turn, heading south to wrap around Charlton and Little Charlton. We headed off trail to scramble up Little Charlton and Charlton, and then scrambled down from the C/LC saddle back to the SB Peak Divide Trail. We continued on the trail all the way to San G herself, which was our 3rd peak of the day, and 8th over all. From there, the plan was to head back up the SB Peak Divide Trial over to the rim of the big draw, and then head along the rim cross-country to Jepson, but one of our party wasn't going to be able to make it. Rather than have him walk down the trail by himself, we walked down the trail to the ridge that connects Jepson to Little Dobbs. We headed up the ridge to Jepson, then headed back down to the trail and crossed it, heading down to Little Dobbs. From Little Dobbs, we headed west to Dobbs, and after Dobbs, we took a quick break before heading down Dobbs' west ridge. We took Dobbs' west ridge all the way down to around 7,200', where we connected with the Vivian Creek Trail. We then headed down the trail to the parking lot, where we had left the 2nd car of our shuttle.

All in all, the trip was eleven peaks, 26 miles, and 8,700' gain.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1131 ft / 343 m
    Elevation Loss:790 ft / 239 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1056 ft / 321 m
    Extra Loss:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:SB Peak Divide Trail
    Trailhead:Little Charlton / Jepson saddle  10533 ft / 3210 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:700 ft / 212 m
    Extra Gain:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:SB Peak Divide Trail
    Trailhead:Jepson southwest ridge on SB Peak Divide Trail  10874 ft / 3314 m
Ascent Part of Trip: sgwa 11 peak traverse (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1San Bernardino Peak2013-05-26 a
2San Bernardino East Peak2013-05-26 b
3Anderson Peak2013-05-26 c
4Shields Peak2013-05-26 d
5Alto Diablo2013-05-26 e
6Little Charlton Peak2013-05-27 a
7Charlton Peak2013-05-27 b
8San Gorgonio Mountain2013-05-27 c
9Jepson Peak2013-05-27 d
10Little Dobbs Peak2013-05-27 e
11Dobbs Peak2013-05-27 f



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