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“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.

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

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Don’t Forget Every Kid in a Park

Did you know every fourth-grader in the U.S. can get free passes for themselves and their families to America’s National Parks and other public lands? That’s right, FREE! Free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year. Educators can even get free passes for a whole class of fourth-graders. Learn more at Every Kid In A Park.

Updated Wilderness Closure Order

The Wilderness areas closed due to the Lake Fire will remain closed until July 2017 per the Forest Service. An exception has been made for long-distance hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail.
The updated order may be found here: Closure Order. Revised Closure Map

Note that East Flats dispersed campground, and the Santa Ana River trail south of Highway 38 are no longer part of the closed area.