Barton Flats Visitor Center Open

Barton Flats Visitor Center has been cleared of the winter storm debris and will be open for business starting July 5. Stop by and see us!

Off-Trail Hiking Prohibited at Big Falls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Zach Behrens, 909-382-2788

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 The closure will be enacted by a forest order (and will last through May 24, 2020, unless rescinded earlier.

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Events July 5th and 6th

Two Ranger Talks for the holiday weekend! And don’t forget our Nature Talk at Barton Flats Campground, 2 p.m. on Saturday.

June 29: Nature Program and Ranger Talk

Today at 2 p.m., our Ranger will give a fun and informative talk at the Barton Flats Campground host site. Then later this evening, 7:30 p.m. at Greyback Amphitheater, we’ll be giving a presentation on the amazing John Muir. Hope to see you there.

Vivian Creek Trail Maintenance

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.

June 22, Ranger Talk: Kids and Wilderness PLUS Afternoon Nature Talk

Saturday June 22 is our weekly Nature Talk at Barton Flats Campground, 2:00 p.m. See us at the host site then and after dinner, come for the Ranger Talk!

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June 15 Ranger Talk – Rattlesnakes

June 8 Nature Program

SGWA will present a nature program at Barton Flats Campground on June 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. Meet at the host’s site for a fun and informative talk.

June 8 Ranger Talk – The Amazing John Muir

2019 Ranger Talks

The schedule for SGWA’s 2019 Ranger Talks is now posted! See it here: http://sgwa.org/events/ranger-talks/

This Saturday’s talk (June 1) will be “The Secret Life of Trees”. Smokey hopes to see you there!