Backpacker

MT. SAN GORGONIO

San Gorgonio Wilderness

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Miles 17.1 (out and back) Drive time from town 2 hours 30 minutes

Simply put, this hike is a beast. The peak is the highest in Southern California, and number 18 on the “ultras”—a list of the most prominent peaks in the United States—with a summit that rises to 11,503 feet. Some people do the hike as an overnight ( grab a permit at the Mill Creek Ranger Station), but most opt to do it in a single go. Start at the Vivian Creek trailhead, and after a brief jaunt through the canyon, start the 5,300-foot climb. On the way up, you’ll pass a variety of Southern California landscapes: Woods give way to subalpine trees, scree, and brush before finally topping out on a moonscape. Mt. Whitney hopefuls, train here. Trailhead Vivian Creek Info sgwa.org

 ??  ?? Hike a dry creekbed on the way up Mt. San Gorgonio.
Hike a dry creekbed on the way up Mt. San Gorgonio.

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