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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.

SGWA August Newsletter

They say “Better late than never!” so here is a link to the SGWA August newsletter for your enjoyment.  There is a long article with pictures about the trail work done in the Lake Fire burn area.  August newsletter is at the top of the list.

August Newsletter

September 30 is National Public Lands Day

Celebrate something we all share: National Public Lands! Saturday September 30 is National Public Lands Day, and is a “fee free” day – no Adventure Pass or other fee needed for any of the Federal public lands. Come out and enjoy YOUR public lands.

“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.

Thurman Flat/Mill Creek Clean-up Day Saturday Sept 2

Everyone is welcome at this community event!
Make a difference and join other volunteers to clean up Thurman Flats and ensure Mill Creek stays beautiful and unspoiled.  Join SGWA at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Saturday September 2, 9 am to 1 pm.

* Leave No Trace introduction
* Meet Smokey Bear
* Snacks and Beverages for all participants
* Get involved with _Your_ public lands.

Please bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile!

After your “hard labor”, drive up to the Barton Flats Visitor Center and do some Christmas shopping! 20% off all Smokey Bear merchandise.

Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Hwy 38 – approximately 3 miles NE of the Mill Creek Ranger Station.

For more info please contact http://sgwa.org/contact

It’s Christmas plus Labor Day at Barton Flats!

Shop for Christmas at Barton Flats Visitor Center during September 2 through 4, Labor Day weekend.  20% off on all Smokey Bear merchandise!

Forest Festival Saturday August 19th!

Saturday August 19th is the Forest Festival at Barton Flats Visitor Center! Come out and have fun! We have booths for information, arts & crafts, games for kids, gold panning and more! Get a picture with Smokey Bear and try your hand on the cross-cut saw.

10:00 to 4:30, Saturday August 19, at Barton Flats Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is approximately 7 miles east of Angelus Oaks at 41992 CA-38, Angelus Oaks, CA.

Download our flyer and distribute if  you can, the more the merrier!  forest festival 2017

Check out our photos from last year’s festival!

Thurman Flat/Mill Creek Clean-up Day Saturday August 5

Everyone is welcome at this community event!
Make a difference and join other volunteers to clean up Thurman Flats and ensure Mill Creek stays beautiful and unspoiled.  Join SGWA at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Saturday August 5, 9 am to 1 pm.

* Leave No Trace introduction
* Meet Smokey Bear
* Snacks and Beverages for all participants
* Get involved with _Your_ public lands.

Please bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile!

Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Hwy 38 – approximately 3 miles NE of the Mill Creek Ranger Station.

For more info please contact http://sgwa.org/contact

SGWA Clears Newly Opened South Fork Trail

The news we’ve all been waiting for – South Fork Trail is open again! On the weekend of July 14/15, over 20 SGWA volunteers showed up for a two day project on the South Fork Trail in preparation for the re-opening on July 20. Volunteers cleared South Fork Trail, Poopout Hill to South Fork Meadow and Dry Lake Trail up to Mine Shaft Saddle – 5.5 total miles of trail. Our crosscut saw crew cleared several large trees from the trail while the swampers cleared the dead wood, smoothed surface tread, cut back brush and filled in huge root ball holes.
Permits for South Fork and overnight camps are available now, please check our page for Permit Availability

For more pictures of our work on South Fork Trail, please visit this site.

SGWA Trail Crew works Vivian Creek Trail

On July 14 2017, six San Gorgonio Wilderness Association volunteers ascended Vivian Creek Trail with a crosscut saw and other tools to install a sign and remove a large tree from across the trail. They spent a total of 12 hours on the trail, hiking two miles farther up than they had planned to remove a second large downed tree reported by hikers.

A large tree across the trail above Halfway Camp.

Trail cleared!

Surveying the second large tree for removal.

New post and signs at Halfway Camp Junction.

More pictures of the work done by the trail crew are available here: July 14 SGWA Trail Work