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Ascent of San Gorgonio Mountain on 2007-05-19

Climber: Kevin Herman

Date:Saturday, May 19, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Gorgonio Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11499 ft / 3504 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had planned to start this hike around 4:00pm and to camp at High Creek. Instead, because of traffic, I didn't reach the trailhead until about 6:30pm. I still tried to push for High Creek, but seeing a bear just past Vivian Creek slowed my progress somewhat (I would never have made it before dark anyway) and I ended up camping at Halfway Camp.

The next morning, I started around 6:30am and was at the summit at 10:00am.

The views from the top are spectacular and worth the long climb (which I am convinced is more than the 16 miles that I read about).

Getting back down seemed to take forever, especially between High Creek and Halfway Camp, and the final stretch back to the trailhead when I was once again carrying all my gear (about a 25 lb. base weight).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5949 ft / 1813 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Route:Vivian Creek Trail
    Trailhead:Vivian Creek Trailhead  5550 ft / 1691 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:13 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:4 Hours 



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