Ascent of San Gorgonio Mountain-Northwest Slope on 2018-02-17

Climber: Powen Ru

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, February 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:San Gorgonio Mountain-Northwest Slope
    Elevation:11400 ft / 3474 m

Ascent Trip Report

After Parking, I followed Mill Creek bed to reach Vivian Creek TH on my left.
I used crampons from High Creek Campsite to the saddle of Peak 10131 as the trail was fully covered with hard icy snow.
After climbed San Gorgonio, I climbed Peak 11490, then followed the NW ridge till the where the ridge splits, assumed I touched the drainage basin high point.
On descent I escorted another hiker (who was not comfortable with harden snow) to High Creek Campsite, otherwise I would have made it in 4.5h.
Once I reached Vivian Creek TH (in dark), I went across the creek bed to reach the forest road. There's a reflecting mark.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5800 ft / 1767 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5800 ft / 1767 m
    Round-Trip Distance:18.5 mi / 29.8 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Headlamp, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5680 ft / 1731 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5400 ft / 1646 m; Extra: 280 ft / 85m
    Loss on way in:280 ft / 85 m
    Distance:9.6 mi / 15.4 km
    Route:11490 SE ridge, then NW ridge
    Start Trailhead:Big Falls Parking  6000 ft / 1828 m
    Time:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5520 ft / 1682 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5400 ft / 1646 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:8.9 mi / 14.3 km
    Route:11490 NW ridge
    End Trailhead:Big Falls Parking  6000 ft / 1828 m
    Time:5 Hours 20 Minutes

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