Endorsed by Curators:
Organizer: Tim Flavin
Location: Forrest Falls, CA
Hike Difficulty: Difficult 10/10
Distance: 18 miles
Elevation Gain: 5,425 | 600 per mile
Time: 11 Hours
Trail condition: Single trail
Water: Minimum 4 liters.
Dog: No Dog
Toilette: At parking lot.
Weather Forecast: San Gorgonio Weather Report (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-116.82446&lat=34.09919#.VG2RdPnF98E)
This hike is the SIXTH AND FINAL hike of the Six Pack of Peak challenge, and the hikes are becoming really, really tough! Get some conditioning hikes in along the way. WE WILL CONFIRM THAT EVERYONE WHO SIGNS UP HAS THE PROPER TRAINING FOR THIS HIKE. This is a brutal, long hike.
Feel free to treat this like a regular US Hiking excursion if you just want to this hike and nothing else.
What to bring and wear: Please refer to US Hiking Day Hike Equipment List (http://www.meetup.com/USHiking/pages/Day_Hike_Equipment_List/).
Parking: Adventure Pass Required
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)
San Gorgonio is the tallest mountain in Southern California, and a rite of passage for serious hikers in the area. At 11,503, Old Grayback provides an excellent high altitude training for those preparing to summit Mt. Whitney, and an easy drive from most of LA and Orange counties.
There are several trails leading up to San Gorgonio, but none as steep as the Vivian Creek trail, which in less than eight miles to the summit climbs over a vertical mile.
With the highest final altitude and the greatest vertical gain, San Gorgonio mountain made a fitting finale to the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge!
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/How to find us:We will gather at the trailhead.