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Location: San Bernardino County, about 12 miles north of Banning, 90 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Los Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest, A Guide to the San Gorgonio Wilderness|
|USGS Topos||San Gorgonio Mountain 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Nearby Peaks: Bighorn Mountain, San Gorgonio Peak,Dobbs Peak, Lake Peak, Ten Thousand Foot Ridge
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 17 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 6200' total, 5500' out plus 700' on return
- Time: 9-10 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
- Navigation: Moderate
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: Joe Young, January 2000
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit
- Go one block east, then go north (left) 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue.
Turn right on SR 38 (east).
- Go 8.0 miles to the Mill Creek Ranger Station.
- Continue east on SR 38 about 5 miles to the Valley of the Falls Road
on the right. Turn right.
- Drive 4 3/4 miles to the Big Falls parking area at the end of the
road. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 2
- From the Vivian Creek trailhead parking area (6080'), hike past the
locked gate on the
initially paved road east for 1/2 mile to where the trail
descends into the wash.
- Cross the wash and pick up the trail again on the
north side. Hike up the Vivian Creek Trail to its intersection with the
San Bernardino Peak Trail (1W07) at 11,240'. Turn right.
- In about 1/4
mile meet the turnoff to the summit of San Gorgonio Peak. Keep right.
- Follow the trail southerly to where it turns eastward at about 11,160'.
this point leave the trail heading south to a saddle at 10,640'.
- From this
saddle proceed southwest up the ridge to the summit.
Alternatively, one may leave the Vivian Creek Trail just north of
elevation 10,131' and contour northeasterly, crossing the main wash, then
proceeding easterly up another wash to the saddle at 10,640'. This reduces
the gain to 5000' including 100' on return and the distance to
14 miles round trip.