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San Gorgonio via Vivian Creek for Final Mt. Whitney Training

With one week left before hiking Mt. Whitney, we decided to head out to hike San Gorgonio, the highest peak in Southern California. Having done 24 miles last week for the Rim to Rim Grand Canyon hike, I knew Julia and I would have no problem with the distance for Mt. Whitney. It’s the elevation that I wanted out of this hike. I haven’t been above 14,000 ft since the Ausangate Trek in Peru last year, where I spent a week in the 15-17k range. I’ve never been the type to feel any altitude sickness, but it doesn’t hurt to train. To help simulate being a little higher than the 11,500 on San Gorgonio, we hiked at a very brisk pace, and made our way to the summit in 3:40. We’re both feeling healthy and amped for next week!

I'm Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

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