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.
The Barton Flats Visitor Center opens starting Thursday May 24 2018. Visitor Center Hours are:
Thursday – Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Barton Flats Visitor Center is closed Monday – Wednesday
Mill Creek Visitor Center
Mill Creek Summer hours begin on Saturday May 26, 2018
Throughout the Summer season, Mill Creek Visitor Center hours will be:
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays – 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Mill Creek Visitor Center is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Camps are getting crowded and filling up. Be sure to plan your trip well in advance, especially if you plan to go on the weekends. If you need help, please call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882.
Join SGWA volunteers at the Thurman Flats Picnic Area on Saturday May 12, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. for the first clean-up day of the summer. Come and meet Smokey Bear! Everyone is welcome! Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, gloves and a smile – we’ll provide snacks and beverages. Learn about Leave No Trace and help restore Mill Creek to its natural beauty. See you there!
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SGWA Volunteer season 2018 is now starting! Orientation for new volunteers is May 19, 2018.
SGWA Volunteers work with the USFS to provide many services in and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness. We do trail patrols both day and overnight, trail work projects, and interpretive programs at the Grayback Amphitheater. Many volunteers provide visitor information and assistance at Mill Creek Ranger Station front desk, Barton Flats Visitor Center, and the Big Falls Picnic Area.
Volunteers interact with the public so it’s necessary to have an upbeat personality and be willing to help visitors. We are especially looking for experienced backpackers for overnight patrols.
If you want to learn more about the forest, challenge your hiking skills, or just enjoy nature while helping others then this is for you. Sign up now!
Forest Service News Release, Jan 8 2018:
Visitors to San Bernardino National Forest will be able to enjoy picnic areas, trailheads and recreational day-use sites without having to purchase an Adventure Pass on six days this year. These “fee free” days are offered across the country by the U.S. Forest Service:
Jan. 15: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb. 19: President’s Day
June 9: National Get Outdoors Day
Sept. 22: National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11 – 12: Veterans Day Weekend
“From Wrightwood to Idyllwild, the San Bernardino National Forest offers a variety of rich experiences for visitors,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. “You can play in snow, hike the tallest peaks in Southern California, explore hundreds of miles of dirt roads and immerse yourself in nature.”
For non-fee free days, the Adventure Pass costs $5 for a day pass and $30 for an annual one. Funds raised go back in to recreation sites for maintenance of parking lots, bathrooms, trash cans, signage, trailheads and other recreation facilities.
Visitors who inadvertently commit a daily Adventure Pass on “fee free” days can have it replaced free-of-charge. Forest visitors are reminded that even though the Adventure Pass fee will be waived, other fees such as campground, reservation and group site fees will still be applicable.
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.
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.