As of July 2015, most trails on the north side of the Wilderness are CLOSED due to the Lake Fire. Closed trailheads are Fish Creek, Aspen Grove, Lost Creek, South Fork, and Forsee at the junction with John’s Meadow trail. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Whitewater to Onyx Summit.
Open trails include John’s Meadow, Columbine Spring, Big Falls, Vivian Creek, San Bernardino, Momyer, San Gorgonio Mountain. A detailed map may be found here
Free Wilderness Permits are required for all hikes into the San Gorgonio Wilderness.They may be requested in person, by mail, or by FAX up to three months in advance from Mill Creek Ranger Station. You may obtain your permit in person at the Mill Creek Ranger Station, Barton Flats Visitor Center (summer only), or Fawnskin Ranger Station in Big Bear. All visitors parking a vehicle in San Bernardino National Forest developed parking areas ( bathroom, picnic tables) must also have the required Adventure Pass posted in their vehicles.
Open water sources are easily contaminated by human and animal waste. Don’t drink water from springs, lakes, ponds, or streams without treatment. Recommended treatment methods are iodine, boiling, or any number of filters commercially available.
It is very important to carry a map with you, they can be purchased at the various visitor centers and the Back Country Store. Each year visitors are lost simply because they do not have a map. Know where you are and where you are going to make your hiking experience more enjoyable and safe.
PLEASE NOTE: The mileages indicated in the descriptions below should only be used as an approximate guideline, NOT exact measured distances. We have done our best to supply accurate information and distances, but inaccuracies may exist.
Download the official trail mileage charts below.