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 The closure will be enacted by a forest order (and will last through May 24, 2020, unless rescinded earlier.
On June 22, 16 SGWA Trail Crew members headed for the Vivian Creek trail. They cleared, repaired, and defined 200 yards of trail tread in various places, removed 4 trees from across the trail, rebuilt a trail tread retaining wall, and cut back 100 feet of brush growing over the trail. Check out pictures on SGWA member John Flippin’s website, High Lake Photography.
Due to damage from the Feb 14 flash floods, the Barton Flats Visitor Center remains closed until further notice.
Mill Creek Visitor Center
Mill Creek Summer hours begin on Saturday May 25, 2019
Throughout the Summer season, Mill Creek Visitor Center hours will be:
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 Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Camps and trails 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.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — After assessing storm
damage along Forest Road 1N45 (Santa Ana River Rd.), officials with San
Bernardino National Forest have issued a
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
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