Vivian Creek Trail 1E08

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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

Current Conditions: A portion of the trail was burned over in the 2020 Apple Fire. Potential hazards include falling trees and limbs, loose rocks and ash pits. Portions of the trail may be damaged or blocked with debris.  
Operational Hours: 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.
Fees Recreation Pass Required .
Permit Info: Free day use and overnight permits are required. Reserve and check availability on the website of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, a Forest Service partner.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Group size limited to 12 people and 8 pack/riding animals per group.

No campfires allowed.  Portable gas stoves are allowed with a valid California Campfire Permit.

Pack out what you pack in and Leave no Trace!
Closest Towns: Forest Falls, Mentone, Yucaipa
Information Center: Mill Creek Visitor Center

General Information

Directions: The trailhead is reached by turning east off Highway 38 to Forest Falls.

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