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About 12 Peak Challenge: In 8 hikes between now and August we will summit 12 peaks. The additional hikes include Will Thrall Peak, Mt. Lowe, Mt. Wilson, Baden Powell from Crystal Lake (includes Mt. Hawkins and Throop Peak), The 3T's (Timber, Telegraph and Thunder), San Bernardino Peak and San Gorgonio.
What to Bring: Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, backpack, hiking boots with good traction, hiking poles (if you normally use them), energy bar,& lunch.
Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks and other annoying Anthropods: 2017 is forecast to be one of the worst years on record for Zika/Lyme disease. Don't let fear of this keep you off of the trail but do take appropriate precautions. The CDC has some great guidelines that are worth considering and following.
This is a long hike with substantial elevation gain, parts of the trail that are very steep and it will be a hot day. Lots of fun!
______BE AWARE... NO SWEEPER ON THIS HIKE.______________________________________
MANDATORY TURN AROUND 12:00
Organizer: Mike Long
Location: Forest Falls, CA
Group size: 12
Hike Difficulty: Difficult 9/10
Distance: 18.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 5,600 ft
Time: 10 Hours
Trail condition: Single trail.
Water: Minimum 3 liters.
Dog: No Dog
Toilette: At parking lot.
Weather Forecast: San Gorgonio Weather Report
What to bring and wear: Please refer to US Hiking Day Hike Equipment List.
This location does require a National Forest Adventure Pass for parked vehicles. These passes can be purchased at most ranger stations (if open) in the area of our hike, most sporting goods, convenience stores and gas stations. The cost is $5/day or $30/yr. When buying an annual pass for $30 you can also buy an additional annual pass for $5. Splitting this fee with someone is the most economical way to get the passes. A National Parks Pass can also be used for parking as well and should have come with a rear view mirror hanger.
Please Chip In:
US Hiking is a social group for hikers. Our events are organized like house parties. Like a regular house party, it costs money to host one. It is customary for guests to help out any way they can to lessen burden on the host. That is the same for hikes. You can bring food, provide carpool or chip in to help out.
Suggested Event Contribution:$ 9(Chip in link)
The Vivian Creek Trail is the shortest way to climb San Gorgonio Mountain, but also the steepest. The Vivian Creek Trail was the first one up the mountain, built shortly after the creation of San Bernardino Forest Reserve in 1893. For years it was known as "The Goverment Trail" and was the only one to San Gorgonio's summit. Today it is just one of many but, in the opinion of many hikers, it remains one of the best. Vivian Creek is good way to climb San Gorgonio in Winter or Spring.
Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.
Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.
Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.
Early departure: If a hiker needs to be separated from the group for any reason, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.
No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.
No minor: Meetup user agreement can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.
If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.
If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.
Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.
Release of Liability:
The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.
By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.
US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.
In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:http://www.meetup.com/terms/
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