Vivian Creek Trail 1E08

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The trailhead is reached by turning east off Highway 38 to Sand to Snow National Monument gateway community of 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 was the first established route to the summit of San Gorgonio. At the behest of Thomas Aker, owner of the Forest Home resort in Mill Creek, the trail was hacked up the steep and brushy mountainside under the direction of Albert Vivian of Yucaipa in 1898.

The Vivian Creek Trail is the shortest and the steepest route to the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio, located in the San Gorgonio Wilderness on the Sand to Snow National Monument. 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

Operational Hours: The Vivian Creek Trailhead is located at the east end of the Falls Picnic Area, which is closed for the WInter Season. The lower parking lot is open. To access the trail follow the footpath at the north end of the parking area east through the picnic area to the trailhead.
Fees Adventure Pass Required $5/day or $30/year. Interagency Passes also accepted. For more information, please visit our recreation pass page.
Permit Info: Wilderness Permit Recommended - 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, under your control at all times.

Please do not cut the switchbacks on this trail!  This prevents trail destruction and erosion.

Please practice Leave No Trace or Minimum Impact ethics!

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.

Closest Towns: Forest Falls, Mentone, Yucaipa
Restroom: Vault toilets at trailhead

General Information

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

Recreation Map

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