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Winter Weather Warning

photo credit Nick Lanham

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.

SGWA Yearbook 2019!

Another successful summer season for SGWA volunteers. We celebrated with our annual awards program and potluck. The yearbook is a great way to remember all the things that happened, from our friendly faces at Mill Creek Ranger Station to the valiant trail crews. Please take a look at the 2019 SGWA Yearbook, we’re very proud to have such great volunteers working for the forest.

If you’d like to work with us, our annual training is usually a week or two before Memorial Day each May. There will be announcements here and on our Facebook page.

We don’t take the winter off either – so we’ll be seeing you out on the trail or in the office!

Volunteer Sharon Philpot “infra-ing” the trail. Photo credit Rex Philpot.

FR 1N05 to Fish Creek now open

Good news! Forest Road 1N05, long closed due to the Lake Fire, has now been reopened. You can now travel to Aspen Grove, Fish Creek Trailhead, and Mission Springs for day hiking. However, overnight camping at Fish Creek Camp and Fish Creek Saddle is still not available. If you have any questions please call Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2882

Elevated Fire Restrictions

The Forest Service has issued a Forest Order detailing restrictions on campfires, smoking, and welding within the San Bernardino National Forest. Please visit the link above.

In addition, due to the dry conditions, a new Forest Order has closed the following target shooting areas through Dec 31st:

  1. 1N09 off Highway 330 near Highland/San Bernardino (was already closed due to road damage after the Feb. 14 winter storm)
  2. Bee Canyon off Highway 74 near Hemet (was already closed due to road damage after the Feb. 14 winter storm)
  3. Lightning Gulch in the Barton Flats area
  4. Arrastre to the east of Big Bear
  5. Big Pine Flats to the north of Big Bear



August Newsletter

The August newsletter is now available. Read about our trail work, a plea for photos, and a profile of volunteer David Bratt. http://sgwa.org/about/newsletters/

Final Summer Events!

Labor Day weekend will see our final Nature Program and the last Ranger Talks. Join our Ranger at the Mill Creek Visitor Center, 2 p.m. on Saturday, and find out what fascinating bits of info they have for you and your kids.

We also have our last two Ranger Talks. On Saturday night, you’ll learn How We Made a Wilderness. It could have been a ski resort…but now we can enjoy a place “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.

On Sunday night listen to our own Teddi Boston, who in 1976 was the first woman to solo thru-hike the PCT. Just finding the trail was a lot harder then! Hear her incredible story

Events Saturday Aug 24

We’re back to our regular events schedule this week with a Nature Program and Ranger Talk! Barton Flats Visitor Center will host the Nature Program at 2 p.m. on Saturday August 24, and at 7:30 Saturday evening will be the Ranger Talk held at the Greyback Amphitheater.

August 10th Events!

The summer is winding down, if you haven’t made it to our Saturday Nature Program at Barton Flats Visitor Center you only have a few Saturdays left! See us at 2 p.m. this Saturday for another fun and informative session.
Plus there’s a Ranger Talk on Saturday evening – this week learn about the Wild West in our own mountains!

Aug 17: Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75th Birthday!

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SGWA’s Forest Festival will have a special theme this year – it’s Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday! Come see us at Barton Flats Visitor Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll have all sorts of fun things for kids as well as informational booths and local artists. Hope to see you there!

Aug 3 Ranger Talk: How did Indians live off the land?

Many people lived in this area before it was “discovered” by Europeans. How did they live? What did they eat? Learn more at our Ranger Talk, 7:30 p.m at the Greyback Amphitheater. Smokey Bear, who knows a lot about living off the land, will be there too.

And don’t forget our Nature Program at the Barton Flats Visitor Center, 2 p.m. on Saturdays.