|Peak Summited||2019 San Gorgonio|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||Bugs were not too bad|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
Midnight Ascent! When I was living in Australia, the mountaineering club would have an event called ‘Midnight Ascent' where everyone would start hiking to the destination at midnight, which I really enjoyed. As Gorgonio can be painful and exhausting in the summer heat, I decided to do a Midnight Ascent of Gorgonio to both beat the heat and to see the sunrise from the ‘roof' of southern California. After the first couple miles, I realized I needed to go a bit slower so that I wouldn't spend too much time in the cold and the wind at the summit waiting for sunrise, as I didn't have any extra layers for my legs (I was in running shorts). So I dropped the pace a bit and made it to the top in 5 hours, arriving just after 5am. Looking southeast, the sky was already beautiful (between astronomical and nautical twilight), and I have a bit under an hour to wait for sunrise, which was amazing. Another aspect I hadn't anticipated? The breathtaking view of Gorgonio's shadow across the southland. I'd seen pictures of Pico de Orizaba's shadow, and Gorgonio's was stunning.
Water is flowing healthily at both Halfway and at High camp.