San Gorgonio Hike via Vivian Creek
San Gorgonio (11,503 feet) hike via Vivian Creek. What a great hike it was! The full moon eclipsing at 6 am was just the beginning! The temperature was perfect and it was a great 5,700 feet elevation gain endurance and cardio workout!
2 weeks ago I kick started this year’s hiking/backpacking season by hiking San Jacinto via Deer Springs with the San Jacinto Hiking Club. Since I am committed to marathon training till early September this year, my season began rather late. (Yes, I’ve been training, and you can find out all about it here.) And I am certainly planning not to hike and backpack this year as much as I did last year.
However, since being in nature makes me happiest, I will need a little dose of the great outdoors as often as I can squeeze in and as long as it doesn’t disrupt my training.
What was pretty cool about this hike was that I was able to catch the full moon eclipsing while driving up at 6 am in the morning. I did some quick research the night before, and apparently we here in the US weren’t able to see this lunar eclipse till September 16, 2016, so I was quite stoked about it!
This about 18.5 mile RT hike via Vivian Creek is simply one of the best hikes there is in San Gorgonio Wilderness (You can read more about this hike here, which I did last late November). Of course, there are many peaks to bag in the area, and one may combine several peaks, including San G peak (say, Dobbs, East Dobbs, Charlton, Little Charlton and Jepson), but as a straight forward hike, this is simply a great hike to help get back in conditioning for multi-peak bagging hikes or strenuous hikes like Mt. Whitney.
Surprisingly, until we got close to the top, we hardly had snow to worry about slowing us down or getting us lost, like it did 2 weeks ago on Deer Springs in San Jacinto. So, our microspikes had to stay unused in our packs this time.
It was quite chilly in the parking lot when we gathered around getting ready for our hike, however, once as we started moving, it got warm quite quickly. In fact, it turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny day throughout, other than a little bit of wind at the summit.
What I love about Vivian Creek Trail is that Mt. San Jacinto accompanies me all the way to the peak once a certain elevation is reached.
Of course, one may appreciate Mt. San Gorgonio, Santiago Peak as well as Rabbit Peak while hiking on the north side of Mt. San Jacinto, but this is what we get in return while hiking in San G.
The majestic view of Mt. San Jacinto.
It was such a great day to hike, and at the top where I was the last one to descend among the group, I just found myself, San G and San J.
It is no joke that one may get high at such a high elevation. And I am looking forward to many more hikes like this.