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Mill Creek Clean Up July 7!

UPDATE—-> Friday 7/6: Due to the Valley Fire closures, This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Join SGWA on July 7 for our monthly Mill Creek Restoration day at Thurman Flats.  Smokey Bear will be there for a meet and photo op. 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!

Ranger Talks Begin Sat May 26


Saturday night, May 26th, kicks off our season of Ranger Talks with Teddi Boston, who was the first woman to solo thru-hike the PCT from north to south. Come hear how & why she decided to take this long hike and the adventures she had along the way.
Then on Sunday night, we’ll have Walter Roth sharing his fascinating insights on how the Native Americans lived off the land.
Talks begin at 7:30 pm at Greyback Amphitheater, on Hwy 38 about 1.5 miles east of Barton Flats Visitor Center.
See the entire schedule here: Ranger Talks

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.

November Newsletter

Read all about it! Our November newsletter recaps our activities for the 2017 season and recognizes our generous donors as well as our amazing volunteers. Click here for the newsletter.

2017 SGWA Yearbook

The 2017 SGWA yearbook has been published.  All our volunteers are listed along with plenty of pictures of the work we’ve done over the past year.  We were especially happy to have the South Fork trail re-opened! Below is a link to the page where you can download the yearbook in PDF format.

“Today is the Day I Die”

Do you know the 10 essentials every hiker should have?  Are you prepared if something happens on your hike, or you get lost?

Tony is an experienced hiker who took a wrong turn on Mt. Baldy, had to activate his PLB and was found by West Valley Search and Rescue. Ed Nemeth, a SGWA volunteer and WVSAR member, was part of the team that got Tony out safely.

Tony wants everyone to know that the unthinkable CAN happen. Look at his video and think about what you would do.