Category Archives: News Items

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

Thurman Flats Clean-up Day – Saturday July 1

Everyone Is Welcome!
Make a difference and join other volunteers to restore the Mill Creek recreation area to its beautiful and natural condition.  Join SGWA at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area, Saturday July 1, 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

Holcomb Fire Officials Seek Public’s Assistance

Forest Service Press Release, SAN BERNARDINO, California, June 21, 2017

Forest Service Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance to help establish the cause of the Holcomb Fire which started on Monday June 19, 2017.

Anyone who may have been in or around the area of the Pacific Crest Trail near Holcomb Valley Road north of Highway 18 or the Doble Trail Camp between 6:00 pm on Saturday June 17 and 3:05 pm Monday, June 19th, please call (909) 382-2699.

All calls can remain confidential.

Heat Advisory in effect June 17 – June 21

National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Saturday June 17 through Wednesday June 21, and possibly longer. High temperatures in the valleys are forecasted to be in the 100s, and even at 6500 feet elevation, the forecast is for the low to mid 90s. If you plan to be on the mountain this week, carry water and a filter, know your water sources, take breaks in the shade, and know the symptoms of and remedy for heat stress.

Mill Creek Visitor Center – Summer Hours

Mill Creek Visitor Center will begin our Summer Hours starting Saturday, May 27th.

Mill Creek Summer Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays we will open from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays continue to be open from 8:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Summer Hours continue until Labor Day.

Don’t forget to get there early on Saturday or Sunday to get a chance at the remaining Walk-in Permits – Weekends are filling up fast, so be sure to plan well in advance for Day Hiking or Backpacking on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday during the Summer!

Questions? Call Mill Creek at 909-382-2882

SGWA Newsletter for May

What have the volunteers been up to? Who is the featured volunteer? What’s coming up for the summer? Read about it here: 2017_05 SGWA Newsletter

SGWA Presents Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – March 3 2017

Tickets are still available at the Mill Creek Ranger Station, or at the door. Don’t miss this great set of films!

Join the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Redlands, at the Fox Event Center on Friday March 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

This year’s screenings feature the world’s best mountain sport, culture and environmental films, letting you experience the thrill and challenges of the mountain environments that inspire us all.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. Right after the festival, held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts to travel the globe with stops in about 450 communities and 40 countries.

The 2016/2017 World Tour features an exhilarating and provocative collection of films that explore the mountain world, highlighting new landscapes and remote cultures, and exposes audiences to exciting adventures and adrenaline-packed sports.

At each screening around the world, audiences will see a selection of award-winning films and crowd favorites from the hundreds of films entered into the annual festival.

For tickets and information go to our Events page

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.