The December SGWA newsletter is out. Many of our outstanding volunteers are mentioned – take a look! And be sure to read John Flippin’s article about rebuilding the Fish Creek Trail. That was – and continues to be – a major effort to restore, after the damage caused by the Lake Fire.
Download it here – SGWA Newsletters
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.
Although the Valley Fire put a stop to many of our activities, SGWA still did a lot of work during the last quarter. Read all about it in the August newsletter.
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.
The May edition of the SGWA newsletter is now available here. Read about our new mentoring program, some great trail work, and the profile of long-time volunteer Rex Philpot.
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!
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!
SGWA’s February newsletter is now available at this link. Check out the new native garden at Mill Creek Ranger Station, read about our new SGWA president Mike Roloff, plus more.
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.
For more information on the National Forest Adventure Pass, visit the Forest Service website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/adventurepass.
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.