Ascent of Little San Gorgonio Peak on 2017-11-12

Climber: Robert Luher

Others in Party:CR
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little San Gorgonio Peak
    Elevation:9133 ft / 2783 m

Ascent Trip Report

Set up a car shuttle with one car parked at Bearpaw Preserve (prior permission required) and drove the other to Vivian Creek Trail Head. Hiked along Mill Creek on south bank past Vivian Creek Trail Junction until reaching a ducked drainage (about 3/4 mile past parking lot). Followed steep trail along drainage, which eventually shifted to slope on left side ending on a narrow ridge. This section was very steep. Followed the ridge to the east and along the hillside to a saddle at about 8440' and then into a gully to the saddle on Yucaipa Ridge. Next, followed the ridge to the southwest to the summit of Little San Gorgonio. Could not find register.

Followed ridgeline downward to the west past a radio tower to a road leading further west until the road took a sharp left turn. Then headed up the short ridge to the summit of Wilshire Mountain. Signed the register and continued further west along the ridgeline to Wilshire Peak. Signed register there and then continued further west to summit of Oak Glen Peak. After descending to another saddle to the west, ascended the ridge to Cedar Mountain. Signed the register.

After passing another couple of saddles to the west, we climbed a short slope to the summit of Birch Mountain. We descended to the northwest following a ducked trail until reaching the Oak Glen Divide Trail and followed it down to the junction of 1S09 (leading to Allen Mountain) and 1S08 (leading to Bearpaw Preserve). Since it was dusk we leaved Allen for another time.

On the descent, we had our headlamps on for lighting. We eventually reached a curve in the road and noticed our lights were reflecting on a pair of menacing eyes (probably a mountain lion). We stared back for several minutes and decided to close ranks and continue the descent to the parking lot of Bearpaw.

Total Stats
Little San Gorgonio 3 hours 40 minutes 3 miles 3000 feet gain
Wilshire Mountain 5 hours 5 miles
Wilshire Peak 6 hours 6 miles
Oak Glen Peak 6 hours 30 minutes 6.7 miles
Cedar Mountain 7 hours 7.5 miles
Birch Mountain 8 hours 45 minutes 8.5 miles
Bearpaw Parking Lot 11 hours 42 minutes 14.9 miles
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3683 ft / 1122 m
    Total Elevation Loss:600 ft / 182 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3683 ft / 1122 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3083 ft / 939 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Loss on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:14.9 mi / 23.9 km
    Route:Use Trail
    Start Trailhead:Vivian Creek Trailhead Parking Lot  6050 ft / 1844 m
    Time:11 Hours 42 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:Ridge Trail and 1S08
    End Trailhead:Bearpaw Preserve Parking Lot  
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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