The trailhead is reached by turning east off Highway 38 to Forest Falls. Continue through Forest Falls to the top end (east end) of the Falls Picnic Area at the end of the road.
The Vivian Creek Trail is the shortest and the steepest route to the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio, located in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. One and two-tenths miles from the trailhead is Vivian Creek Camp (7,100'). Campsites are located upslope to the right of the trail after reaching the stream: one is halfway up the slope, and the other is at the top of the slope (no camping within 200 feet of the trail or creek). One and three-tenths miles from Vivian Creek Camp is Halfway Camp (8,100'). Water is obtained from the creek 200 yards before camp. Two and three-tenths miles further is High Creek Camp (water available - 9,200'). The summit of San Gorgonio (11,499') is 3 miles beyond High Creek. The upper end of this trail offers outstanding views of Yucaipa Ridge and Galena Peak, as well as sweeping panoramic views from the top of Mt. San Gorgonio.
At a Glance
Winter conditions towards summit. Upper trailhead, picnic loops and restrooms are closed for the season. Lower lot is still open for trailhead parking. Exercise extreme caution in the creek/wash area when thunderstorms are predicted as flash flooding can occur. Call the Mill Creek Ranger Station for the latest updates (909) 382-2882 (closed Tues/Wed)
The Vivian Creek Trailhead is located at the east end of the Falls Picnic Area, which is gated closed between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am.
Adventure Pass Required $5/day or $30/year. Interagency Passes also accepted. For more information, please visit our recreation pass page.
Wilderness Permit Required - this is a very popular trail, especially on summer weekends. It is suggested you request your permit in advance. Wilderness Permit applications are accepted up to 90 days in advance of your trip.
Black bears frequent this trail. Please do not leave food or garbage unattended! It is against the law to feed bears or other wildlife. We strongly recommend the use of bear-resistant food canisters. These can be rented or bought at the Mill Creek Ranger Station. Click here for more information on bears.
Dogs are allowed on the trail but must remain on a leash at all times.
Please do not cut the switchbacks on this trail! This prevents trail destruction and erosion.