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Ascent of San Gorgonio Mountain on 2017-10-15

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 15, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:San Gorgonio Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11499 ft / 3504 m

Ascent Trip Report

i've wanted to bag san gorgonio for ages, but i couldn't ever commit to permits far ahead of time. a few weeks back i noticed that the website now says "no quotas for day hikes", and furthermore that day hikes didn't even require a permit! perhaps it's because it's off season, or perhaps it's because all the trails have re-opened? either way i was pretty happy when i looked a the weather on wednesday and saw a nice clear sky weekend, with temperatures in the 50s a the summit. so i booked a flight.

i was bummed on friday when the national weather service put up a red flag warning on the mountain: fire danger. with the on-going fires in napa+sonoma i was pretty nervous about the warning, so i changed my plans to go for san gorgonio on sunday, when the red flag warning would end at noon. on sunday morning, just to play it safe i went into the san gorgonio wilderness association office at 8am and asked for a permit, and they gave me one without any questions. i didn't want to tempt fate by inquiring about the red flag warning :)

no issues.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5679 ft / 1730 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:18 mi / 29 km
    Route:vivian creek
    Trailhead:6020 ft / 1834 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes



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