Mt San Gorgonio

Mt San Gorgonio (known locally as Old Greyback) is the highest peak in Southern California. Its located in San Bernardino County and has an elevation of 11,503 ft.

I’m an avid shopper and fan of REI and subscribe to their ‘Gear Mail‘ which features sales and outdoor classes. One of the classes is ‘Mount Whitney Training Hikes‘ which feature progressive hikes to prepare one to eventually summit Mt. Whitney. The hikes they offer, in order of difficulty are.

  1. Cucamonga Peak
  2. Mt. Baldy
  3. San Bernardino Peak
  4. Mt. San Jacinto
  5. San Gorgonio Mountain

I’ve always enjoyed hiking and I’m never one to pass up a challenge so climbing Mt Whitney is a goal I’ve set for myself. I thought ‘Old Greyback’ would be a good stepping stone to Whitney so I invited by buddy Jim and we signed up for the REI class.

The class meet at the trailhead at 6am and our two guides said we should hit the summit by 3pm and be back to the cars by 7pm. The hike up had its challenges but overall it wasn’t that bad. Out of 7 hikers we only had 2 that didn’t reach the top.

San Gorgonio Trail

Me and Jim broke off from the group for the last mile and blazed a trail to the top. We got there around 2:30 and relaxed for 30-minutes. I then put on my knee brace rubbed on some BioFreeze and we started the descent down. We wanted to see how fast we could make the return trip so we ended up jogging a good portion of the trail. By the time we reached our cars it was a little before 6pm. (So our ascent took 7+ hours and our decent took less than 3 🙂 The distance was up and back was 19-miles with around 5,500 of elevation gain.

Mt San Gorgonio Summit Hike  10

Mt San Gorgonio  Summit Hike  12

The views from the top were incredible and I highly recommend checking out the mountain. My next two hikes will most likely be San Bernardino and San Jacinto. After that, Its time to make my way to Whitney.

Mt San Gorgonio  Summit Hike  20

Mt San Gorgonio Peak

Here are the rest of the pictures from the hike. (Click Here)

I’ve done a handful of 1/2 Marathons and I still haven’t ran a race that compares to the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon. Its my favorite race for many reasons including.

  1. Getting to run through both Parks (Disneyland & California Adventure)
  2. The race is normally the day before my birthday which makes it special to me
  3. Running down Main Street and through Cinderella’s Castle Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
  4. The course is relatively flat aside from a small hill when you pass over the 5-freeway
  5. Running the bases at Angels Stadium, crossing Home Plate and seeing yourself on the Jumbo-Tron
  6. There’s a certain positive energy in the runners that is contagious. I’ve noticed it more at this event than other races I’ve done.
  7. Water stations and entertainment line every mile of the race
  8. Being awarded with major Bling for finishing

This was my 3rd year running it and it seems to get better every year. My training regiment wasn’t as intense as last year due to a knee injury so my only goal this year was to try and break 2-hours. Since I wasn’t trying for a new PR I thought I’d give Jeff Galloway’s Run-Walk-Run a try. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of energy I had throughout the race and I my body didn’t hit the 9-mile slump like it did the previous two years. I ended up finishing the race in 1:52:39 which was less than 3-minutes from my PR. 🙂

Disneyland 1 2 Marathon Results

Disneyland 1 2

Disney 1 2 Finish

Celebration followed by Me and my friend John by going to to Story Tellers Cafe where I enjoyed a Farmers Market Breakfast Buffet.

Victory Breakfast

Now with the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon done, its time to start training for my next few events.

Oct 22nd & 23rd – MS-Ride (150 Mile Bike Ride)

Jan 7th & 8thGoofy’s Challenge @ WDW (1/2 Marathon + Full Marathon)

Jan 29thTinkerbell Half Marathon @ Disneyland

If anyone else has race recommendations between now and the end of the year, let me know.