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Ascent of San Gorgonio Mountain on 2014-11-16

Climber: Rick Peterson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, November 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:San Gorgonio Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11499 ft / 3504 m

Ascent Trip Report

I tried the Fish Creek trailhead to save elevation gain. I'm not sure if the extra 3-4 miles are worth it but it might be. I think total gain is closer to 4000 feet counting the couple hundred coming back from the meadow. The trail is well maintained and has a relatively easy grade overall for such a big hill. If it is less used than Vivian Creek it might be due to being further away from the city with a rough road. The road is probably passable by a passenger car but I was glad to have a Dodge Durango. There was a little snow on the north slopes but not enough to be a concern. The trail was mostly clear and where it wasn't it was packed out. There were a lot of people on the mountain from all sides for mid-November.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4000 ft / 1217 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:21 mi / 33.8 km
    Route:Fish Creek Trail
    Trailhead:Fish Creek  7899 ft / 2407 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:4 Hours 15 Minutes



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