San Gorgonio – Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering
- Elevation: 3505 m
- Difficulty: Walk up
- Best months to climb: January, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Convenient center: Mentone or Redlands, CA
San Gorgonio Climbing Notes
Shawn from UNITED STATES writes:
<br/>With respect...if, over the last 200 years, every single avalanche fatality in California occurred on San Gorgonio, your estimates might come close.
<br/>While I appreciate anyone that takes the time to post (especially when promoting safety), your comments regarding the "thousands of people" killed on the mountain are wildly inaccurate. Over the past 50 years California has averaged 10 fatalities per year. A vast majority (over 90%) of those are on/near Mt. Shasta or in the Sierra backcountry. 5 out of those 10 are typically due to snowmobiles triggering avalanches.
<br/>San Gorgonio can be a dangerous place and should be treated as such. I'm not suggesting otherwise, but by following a few simple rules you can enjoy the mountain quite safely. It's not Russian Roulette up there.
<br/>1. Call the ranger station and get the conditions
<br/>2. Bring the right gear
<br/>3. Know how to use the gear!
<br/>4. Check the weather
<br/>5. Check the avalanche forecast
<br/>6. (100% most important rule...you'll live a nice long happy mountaineering life if you just stick to it.) KNOW when to turn around and call it quits. The mountain isn't going anywhere. Head back to town, take a few pictures, have a beer and plan your next attempt. 20 feet from the summit, but blocked by 4 feet of slick ice that you can't get around? Throw a rock at the summit and call it a day!
<br/>Again Jacob, no offense meant.
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