Open Year-round
Yes
Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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The High Creek Camp is a primitive, undeveloped campsite located in the San Bernardino National Forest near Forest Falls, California. This campsite is accessible by foot along Vivian Creek Trail. This campsite is located approximately five miles from the Vivian Creek parking area. 

High Creek Camp is nestled among the pines and chaparral of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. It is a primitive site with a large flat area that is perfect for camping alone or with a group. This area is equipped for tent camping only and fires are prohibited. There are no pit toilets at High Creek Camp, but they are available at Vivian Creek Trailhead.

The Vivian Creek Trail is a common trail used to summit Mount San Gorgonio (11,499’), the tallest peak in Southern California! The summit of Mount San Gorgonio is 3 miles uphill from High Creek Camp.

A number of backcountry campsites can be found in the area, including High Creek Camp. The area has plenty of trails and towering mountains (many of which rise above 10,000ft), making it the perfect place to spend a weekend or longer backpacking.

WATER: Water flows in the creek just below the camp. All water must be filtered before consumption.

GROUP SIZE: up to 12 people.

CAMPFIRES: Not allowed.

PERMITS: Backcountry/wilderness permits are required for overnight stays and day hiking within the San Gorgonio Wilderness area. Permits are free and can be obtained online. For more information regarding permits, please visit https://sgwa.org/wilderness-permits/

PARKING INFORMATION

There is ample parking at the Vivian Creek Trailhead. An Adventure Pass is required to leave a car parked overnight or for the day and these permits can be obtained in advance as well as on site. The Vivian Creek Trailhead has one, large gravel parking area that does not require a fee, but there is no guarantee that there will be space. The area is popular and spots do fill up on the weekends.

Adventure pass information can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sbnf/passes-permits/recreation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Mill Creek Visitor Center: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/about-forest/districts/?cid=fsbdev7_007799

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall
Summer

Congestion

Occasionally full

Parking Pass

Adventure Pass required

Price per night (basic site)

0.00 $ (0.00 €)

Pros

Solitude. Views.

Cons

No amenities.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Managed by

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/about-forest/districts/?cid=fsbdev7_007799

Features

Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Bird watching
Near lake or river

Access

Hike-in

Total number of sites

2

Lodging type

Rustic cabin

Location

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