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Storm Damage to Forest Road 1N45 (Barton Flats)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — After assessing storm damage along Forest Road 1N45 (Santa Ana River Rd.), officials with San Bernardino National Forest have issued a Forest Order closing the route between Highway 38 and Glass Road in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino Mountains. The damage includes sink holes, mud and rock slides, cracked pavement, undercut pavement, sloughing and fallen trees.

Repairing 1N45 is another priority project for the forest. Damage assessments are continuing and staff hope repair work will begin within the next month, weather permitting.

The Forest Order begins today, March 16, 2019. It expires on March 15, 2020, but will be lifted earlier, once necessary repairs are completed. Special use permit holders, such as recreational cabin owners and organization camps, are exempt from this order.

For more information on the 1N45 road closure, call the Mountaintop Ranger District at 909-382-2790.

For more information on road damages throughout the forest caused by February 2019 storms, visit InciWeb.

Storm Damage to Forest Road 1N09

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — After assessing storm damage along Forest Road 1N09 (locally pronounced with the letter “O”), officials with San Bernardino National Forest have issued a forest order closing about 22 miles of the route between Highway 330 and Seven Oaks Road in the San Bernardino Mountains. The damage includes sink holes, mud and rock slides, cracked pavement, undercut pavement, sloughing and fallen trees.

“Repairing 1N09 is a priority project for the forest,” said the forest’s Deputy Fire Chief Mike Nobles. “Not only is it a key road for suppression during a wildfire, but it’s very popular with the recreating public. Work has already begun to address the numerous issues along the artery.”

In addition to his role as the forest’s deputy fire chief, Nobles has been appointed as the incident commander for an incident response team to address storm damage throughout the forest. More road closures by forest orders are expected in the coming weeks.

The forest order for 1N09 begins today, March 13, 2019. It technically expires on March 13, 2020, but will be lifted once repairs are concluded, which is currently anticipated by early September at the latest.

For more information, call the Front Country Ranger District at 909-382-2851.

December SGWA Newsletter

The December SGWA newsletter is out. Many of our outstanding volunteers are mentioned – take a look! And be sure to read John Flippin’s article about rebuilding the Fish Creek Trail. That was – and continues to be – a major effort to restore, after the damage caused by the Lake Fire.
Download it here – SGWA Newsletters

Winter Weather is Here

STAY SAFE!
RESCUES IN THE WILDERNESS CAN BE AVOIDED.
FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE RULES

Stay together – do not leave your group,

Be prepared –  Carry Flashlight, Map, Food,  Water and Clothing

Be trail aware – Watch your surroundings, the trail looks different when you are coming back down. Turn around take a look, establish points of reference, a mountain top you can see or a particular rock formation, that will take you home. TAKE A MAP.  Many people are lost leaving the San Gorgonio Summit because they miss the trail going back to Vivian. Instead they end up miles from where they should be.  Watch for trail junctions, don’t just follow your feet without looking up.

Leave your itinerary –Make sure you tell someone where you are planning to go and when you’ll be back.

Winter conditions  – Be prepared for all weather conditions. Days change quickly from pleasant to snow and ice. Take warm clothing and equipment so you can stay overnight should you have to.  Days are short and nights are very cold.  Must have crampons/and Alpine boots, trails are iced and very dangerous.

August Newsletter

Although the Valley Fire put a stop to many of our activities, SGWA still did a lot of work during the last quarter. Read all about it in the August newsletter.

SGWA Newsletter for May

The May edition of the SGWA newsletter is now available here. Read about our new mentoring program, some great trail work, and the profile of long-time volunteer Rex Philpot.

Join Us – Mill Creek Restoration Day Saturday May 12

Join SGWA volunteers at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area on Saturday May 12, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. for the first clean-up day of the summer. Come and meet Smokey Bear! Everyone is welcome! Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile – we’ll provide snacks and beverages. Learn about Leave No Trace and help restore Mill Creek to its natural beauty.   See you there!

Be a SGWA Volunteer – Training May 19! Sign up now!

Join us!

SGWA Volunteer season 2018 is now starting! Orientation for new volunteers is May 19, 2018.

SGWA Volunteers work with the USFS to provide many services in and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness. We do trail patrols both day and overnight, trail work projects, and interpretive programs at the Grayback Amphitheater. Many volunteers provide visitor information and assistance at Mill Creek Ranger Station front desk, Barton Flats Visitor Center, and the Big Falls Picnic Area.

Volunteers interact with the public so it’s necessary to have an upbeat personality and be willing to help visitors. We are especially looking for experienced backpackers for overnight patrols.

If you want to learn more about the forest, challenge your hiking skills, or just enjoy nature while helping others then this is for you. Sign up now!

Volunteer Application

SGWA February Newsletter

SGWA’s February newsletter is now available at this link. Check out the new native garden at Mill Creek Ranger Station, read about our new SGWA president Mike Roloff, plus more.

National Forest “Fee Free” Days for 2018 Announced

Forest Service News Release, Jan 8 2018:
Visitors to San Bernardino National Forest will be able to enjoy picnic areas, trailheads and recreational day-use sites without having to purchase an Adventure Pass on six days this year. These “fee free” days are offered across the country by the U.S. Forest Service:

  • Jan. 15: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Feb. 19: President’s Day
  • June 9: National Get Outdoors Day
  • Sept. 22: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 – 12: Veterans Day Weekend

“From Wrightwood to Idyllwild, the San Bernardino National Forest offers a variety of rich experiences for visitors,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. “You can play in snow, hike the tallest peaks in Southern California, explore hundreds of miles of dirt roads and immerse yourself in nature.”

For non-fee free days, the Adventure Pass costs $5 for a day pass and $30 for an annual one. Funds raised go back in to recreation sites for maintenance of parking lots, bathrooms, trash cans, signage, trailheads and other recreation facilities.

Visitors who inadvertently commit a daily Adventure Pass on “fee free” days can have it replaced free-of-charge. Forest visitors are reminded that even though the Adventure Pass fee will be waived, other fees such as campground, reservation and group site fees will still be applicable.

For more information on the National Forest Adventure Pass, visit the Forest Service website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/adventurepass.