Looking for a challenging bucket-list item in the Golden State? Consider hiking San Gorgonio, the tallest peak in Southern California. The 18.5 mile, 5,400′ vertical gain hike is challenging for even seasoned hikers, but the satisfaction of reaching the top is well-worth the effort.

If you opt for an alpine start, San Gorgonio can be summited in a day. Otherwise, bring the overnight gear and camp at Vivian Creek Summit Camp where you can rest up and hit the summit for sunrise.

Two of The Dyrt Rangers recently made the trek and stayed at the summit camp where they could see Joshua Tree, Crestline Area, and Big Bear Lake. The campsites are primitive and divided by rock piles, which help to deter the wind.

Image from The Dyrt Ranger Brittany F.

The Dyrt Ranger duo tested out Boost Oxygen on their way to the top. The cans of portable 95% purified oxygen can give hikers the boost of energy they need, especially at high altitudes. Brittany F. was impressed by how Boost Oxygen helped to cut their break times in half.

hiking san gorgonio with boost oxygen

Image from The Dyrt Ranger Brittany F.

“There are more than a few steep sections of this hike that are difficult for even the most seasoned hiker out there. While hiking up these steep trails we would get winded and stop to take a break (a normal break for us would late 2-5 minutes in order to catch our breath and let our muscles take a break). This time around we would pull out our Boost Oxygen and inhale 2-3 slow deep breaths.Within seconds we would feel rejuvenated. Our breathing was back to normal and with our bodies getting almost straight oxygen it felt like it went straight to our muscles. They would instantly feel revived and ready to keep trekking up the mountain.”

Brittany was a big fan of the peppermint flavor, which she found refreshing.

Image from The Dyrt Ranger Brittany F.

“I felt very alert after using the peppermint taste, and just like the tasteless oxygen can, we would feel revived with just a few breaths of Boost. During a long day of hiking this is crucial. Mis-stepping due to tiredness can have a long lasting injury attached to it. So after using boost and feeling refreshed was reassuring to me. I knew I was getting assistance to help me down the mountain safely.”

From the looks of it, this is an incredible hike that rewards a lot of hard work in reaching the top. Congratulations to these two for conquering San Gorgonio!

If you’re interested in the benefits of breathing 95% purified oxygen from a can on your next big hike, check out Boost Oxygen and let us know how it goes in your own campground review!

Britany Robinson

Britany Robinson

Britany is the Managing Editor of The Dyrt. She's been a writer ever since she can remember, and her first literary accomplishment was having a poem about a panda published when she was eight. The anthology was definitely a scam to get her parents to buy a bunch of anthologies, but she's still pretty proud of her panda poem. When she's not at her computer, she's (hopefully) outside, hiking or camping with her dog.