Ascent of San Gorgonio Mountain on 2021-06-30

Climber: Scott Sharaga

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:San Gorgonio Mountain
    Elevation:11499 ft / 3504 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started the hike at 5:00 am. I thought I would need my headlamp, but the 5:30-ish sunrise brought plenty of pre-dawn light to the trail. The initial set of switchbacks was brutal, especially with a heavy pack full of water and gear. After reaching the San Gorgonio Wilderness boundary, the trail was much more gradual and made for a pleasant stroll along Vivian Creek in the early morning hours. I stopped and had a snack at the Halfway Camp junction, and then another snack break at High Creek Camp, where the sun finally poked over the ridge around 8:00 am.

The steep climb near the tree line was a tough climb--I had to stop frequently. I eventually made it to the summit just before noon and had lunch on the top. The weather was ideal, though the breeze at the top was chilly. I went really fast down the mountain, leaving at 1 pm and arriving at the trailhead at 4:30 pm.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5419 ft / 1651 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17.8 mi / 28.6 km
    Route:Vivian Creek Trail
    Trailhead:Vivian Creek Trailhead  6080 ft / 1853 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:7 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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