Mount San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek

This trail is one of the most demanding in Southern California. You gain nearly a vertical mile in 9 miles to reach the highest peak in Southern California. On the way up, you will encounter lush forests with plenty of stream water available as high as 9,000 ft. It is up the entire way and most of that way is steep. By the time you reach the top, you will be rewarded with one of the most scenic trails Southern California has to offer.

  • Highlights: Intense uphill, lush forest, streams, sweeping 360 views
  • Near: Forest Falls, CA
  • Distance: 18 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 5500 ft
  • Hike Time: 10 hours
  • Difficulty: 9/10
  • Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
  • San Gorgonio Wilderness Permit Information: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Adventure Pass required to park
  • GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Rating: 5/5

Getting to the Trailhead:
From Redlands – take the 38 East. Stop at the Mill Creek Ranger Station to get your permit, if it is during the week, you will probably be okay if you are early. If it is a weekend, you might want to get your permit in advance, contact them for instructions. They leave permits outside for first come, first serve in the morning before they open.

Google Map Link


Detail Trail Map


Trail Profile


san gorgonio panoramic

san gorgonio panoramic

mountain view from bottom

mountain view from bottom

ken at summit

ken at summit

barefoot on summit hike

barefoot on summit hike


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