Tag: Mt San Gorgonio

Hikers and Their Dog Rescued After Spending the Night On San Gorgonio

San Bernardino County, CA, December 16, 2015 – The holidays will be much happier for the families of two hikers and their dog who were rescued Sunday after spending the night in below zero temperatures in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department says 21 year old Tiffany Finne of Costa Mesa and 29 year old Kenny Pasten, attempted to hike along the Vivian Creek Trail, from Forrest Falls to the summit of Mount San Gorgonio. They were unable to make it to the summit and although they did not have the proper clothing or shelter, they decided to stay the night on the mountain. In the early evening a weather system moved in, temperatures dropped below zero, and the area received several inches of snow.  On Monday, December 14th, at approximately 8:06 a.m., Kenny Pasten called 911 on his cellphone requesting help, but the call was dropped and the latitude/longitude captured by 911 was incorrect. There was also intermittent cloud cover near the summit, which initially prevented San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation personnel from searching for the victims. At approximately 10:10 a.m.,  with limited information, a search  began by air and approximately 45 minutes later, Pasten was found on a ridgeline about a half mile west of the San Gorgonio Summit. He was suffering from moderate hypothermia and non-life threatening injuries. Approximately 15 minutes later, the...

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The Highest Peak in SoCal

Big Bear, CA, August 9, 2014 – Just a few miles south of the Big Bear Valley is the highest peak in Southern California. San Gorgonio Mountain, or as it’s known locally, Mount San Gorgonio, was named by Spanish Missionaries in the early 17th century after Saint Gorgonius, a Christian martyr who died in 304 AD. At 11,503 feet, it can clearly be seen from the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States, which is 190 miles away. Mount San Gorgonio is a large, broad mountain that from a distance only appears to be an extremely high hill, earning it the nickname Old Greyback. Hiking to the summit is very popular and is technically an easy class 1 hike, however most routes are quite strenuous and require well over 4000 feet of elevation gain. Unfortunately, the mountain has claimed a number of lives due to airplane crashes. In 1953, thirteen people died when a C-47 from an Air Force Base in Nebraska struck the mountain at the 11,000 foot level at night in the middle of a storm. A month later, the Marine Corps helicopter that was recovering the victims of the earlier accident also crashed, but the three crewman onboard survived the impact. The wreckage of both aircraft still remain on the mountain. In more recent years, the mountain claimed the lives of...

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