Category Archives: News Items

Banff Mountain Film Festival February 27 and 28

The Banff Mountain Film Festival has amazing stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe. Once again SGWA brings the US Tour, featuring audience favourites and special tour edits, to Redlands, CA. Film dates are Thursday February 27 and Friday February 28, at the Fox Event Centre. Don’t miss it! Tickets remain $20; or purchase a $25 membership to SGWA and receive a free ticket.

Click here to buy tickets and prepare for an amazing experience!

SGWA Year’s End Newsletter

Our volunteers did some major work this year! Click here to read about all that happened and take a look at some of our hard-working folks.

South Fork Trail maintenance. Photo credit John Flippin

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.

2019 Summer season ends

Labor Day marks the end of the Summer season at the Mill Creek Visitor center. Business hours for the Mill Creek Visitor Center beginning Saturday Sept 7th until Memorial Day 2020 will be:

Thursday – Monday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Office is closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Contact us at Mill Creek during those days and hours with any questions.

Barton Flats Visitor Center Open

Barton Flats Visitor Center has been cleared of the winter storm debris and will be open for business starting July 5. Stop by and see us!

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.

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SGWA’s May Newsletter now available

Click here to read all about it: the Wild Winter, Featured Volunteer, and more!

Storm Damage to Forest Road 1N45 (Barton Flats)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — After assessing storm damage along Forest Road 1N45 (Santa Ana River Rd.), officials with San Bernardino National Forest have issued a Forest Order closing the route between Highway 38 and Glass Road in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino Mountains. The damage includes sink holes, mud and rock slides, cracked pavement, undercut pavement, sloughing and fallen trees.

Repairing 1N45 is another priority project for the forest. Damage assessments are continuing and staff hope repair work will begin within the next month, weather permitting.

The Forest Order begins today, March 16, 2019. It expires on March 15, 2020, but will be lifted earlier, once necessary repairs are completed. Special use permit holders, such as recreational cabin owners and organization camps, are exempt from this order.

For more information on the 1N45 road closure, call the Mountaintop Ranger District at 909-382-2790.

For more information on road damages throughout the forest caused by February 2019 storms, visit InciWeb.

Storm Damage to Forest Road 1N09

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — After assessing storm damage along Forest Road 1N09 (locally pronounced with the letter “O”), officials with San Bernardino National Forest have issued a forest order closing about 22 miles of the route between Highway 330 and Seven Oaks Road in the San Bernardino Mountains. The damage includes sink holes, mud and rock slides, cracked pavement, undercut pavement, sloughing and fallen trees.

“Repairing 1N09 is a priority project for the forest,” said the forest’s Deputy Fire Chief Mike Nobles. “Not only is it a key road for suppression during a wildfire, but it’s very popular with the recreating public. Work has already begun to address the numerous issues along the artery.”

In addition to his role as the forest’s deputy fire chief, Nobles has been appointed as the incident commander for an incident response team to address storm damage throughout the forest. More road closures by forest orders are expected in the coming weeks.

The forest order for 1N09 begins today, March 13, 2019. It technically expires on March 13, 2020, but will be lifted once repairs are concluded, which is currently anticipated by early September at the latest.

For more information, call the Front Country Ranger District at 909-382-2851.