As of Sunday, March 15, 2020, Mill Creek Visitor Center is temporarily closed.
SGWA is processing email permit requests remotely for the San Gorgonio Wilderness. FAX requests will be processed as possible.
Posted on03/03/2020|Comments Off on It’s almost time for…
Spring! Despite the recent snowfall, spring will be here before we know it and everyone will be thinking about hitting the trails.
This year, why not volunteer with the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association? Our volunteers staff the Mill Creek Ranger Station info desk as well as the Barton Flats Visitor Center, present the interpretive programs at Greyback Amphitheater on weekend evenings, do trail maintenance and assist day hikers as well as overnight campers.
Annual training will take place on Saturday May 16th. You can send in your application here: Volunteer Application
Posted on11/21/2019|Comments Off on Winter Weather Warning
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.
Posted on10/15/2019|Comments Off on 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!
Posted on07/04/2019|Comments Off on Off-Trail Hiking Prohibited at Big Falls
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Zach Behrens, 909-382-2788
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — An off-trail area around one of Southern California’s tallest waterfalls will be closed to the public beginning on the 4th of July, San Bernardino National Forest officials announced today. Visitors will still be able to hike the Big Falls Trail (1E13) to a waterfall overlook, but areas beyond the railing will be closed due to safety.
“There have been too many search and rescues in this area in the past,” said Joe Rechsteiner, the district ranger for the Front
Country Ranger District. “We want to make sure the
public enjoys this beautiful spot while staying safe. Some of rocks in
Falls Creek are deceivingly slippery.”
Search and rescues by partners at San Bernardino County Fire and sheriff’s deputies are sometimes so frequent in this area that one rock in particular is known to locals as “Blood Rock.” A slip on it has sent multiple people tumbling down the middle fall, often prompting injury and rescue by helicopter. The closure will be enacted by a forest order (and will last through May 24, 2020, unless rescinded earlier.