Route: Parking lot to Halfway Campsite via Vivian Creek Trail
Elevation gain: 1853 ft (565 m)
Time: ~4 hours (carrying a full load)
Nights can get cold (low 30’s) so be sure to bring warm clothes and a 0 degree sleeping bag. The second night, it got very windy, but I was bundled in my sleeping bag (with a couple layers of clothing) so I felt perfectly warm. (My watch has a built-in thermometer and read 80 degrees in my sleeping bag!)
After a night at Halfway Campsite, we hiked up two and three-tenths miles to High Creek Camp where we set up camp and dropped off our packs before continuing on to the summit (3 miles from High Creek).
Route: Halfway Campsite to High Creek Campsite via Vivian Creek Trail
Elevation gain: 1246 ft (380 m)
Time: 2 hours (carrying a full load)
Once we were above the treeline, we had magnificent views of the clouds rolling through the valley along with views of Mt. San Jacinto and the Inland Empire. We even crossed a minor snow patch.