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.
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.
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
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.
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.