Free Access for 5th Graders

For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior managed public lands and waters for free! Learn more about the program at the link below.

Aspen Grove Trail now open

As of October 11, 2020, the Forest Service has exempted the Aspen Grove trail from the closure order. Therefore we will be issuing permits for Aspen Grove. From the Facebook page:

“A new forest closure has gone into effect for the areas within and surrounding the #ElDoradoFire. This was enacted for both visitor and firefighter safety. This includes the entire San Gorgonio Wilderness, and trails that lead into it, including Vivian Creek, Momyer, San Bernardino Peak, Forsee, South Fork, and Fish Creek trails (exemption: Aspen Grove Trail to the Aspen Grove, about a quarter mile in. The trail is closed to the south of the grove. Permit required).”

Forest re-opens; Wilderness still closed

The Forest Service has re-opened the San Bernardino National Forest, with some restrictions. The San Gorgonio Wilderness is still closed. As of October 10, 2020, there are still areas burning inside the wilderness and this is expected to continue until the first significant rain or snowfall.

Read the entire announcement here – Forest Service News and Alerts

SGWA 2020 Yearbook is here!

SGWA Yearbook Cover Photo

There ARE things to celebrate in 2020. Click on the image above to read about our dedicated volunteers past and present.

It’s a large PDF file, please be patient while it loads. If you want to download it separately, click here.

Revised Forest closure order – SBNF still closed

The Forest Service has issued a revised forest closure order for California National Forests. Seven National Forests (NF) in California remain closed: Angeles NF, Cleveland NF, Los Padres NF, Inyo NF, San Bernardino NF, Sequoia NF, and Sierra NF. This decision will continue to be reviewed daily, taking fire and weather conditions into account.

This includes the San Gorgonio Wilderness. No permits will be issued for any future dates until the closure is lifted.

“We understand how important access to national forests is to our visitors,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region. “As we evaluate fire and weather conditions on a daily basis, we will continue to make adjustments to ensure safe visitation. Our aim continues to prevent any new fires on the landscape.”

San Bernardino NF closure extended

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announces that current closure orders and fire prohibitions in California have been extended. This decision will be evaluated daily, taking fire and weather conditions into account.

There is no set date for re-opening in the press release. As the closure includes the San Gorgonio Wilderness, SGWA will not accept requests or issue any permits for Wilderness access until a solid re-opening date has been announced.

Forest Service increases access to some CA National Forests

The Forest Service has announced they will increase access to some National Forests in CA – but not San Bernardino or Angeles NF – starting Saturday Sept 19. For more information and the detailed list, please see the press release link below.

Region 5 News and Events

Firefighter killed on El Dorado Fire

USDA Forest Service officials on the San Bernardino National Forest have confirmed the death of a firefighter on the El Dorado Fire. The incident took place on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Our deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and fellow firefighters during this time.

Emergency Forest Closure extended to September 21 2020

The Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region 5 has extended the Emergency Forest Closure Order that was announced on September 7th. This Emergency closure will be extended through September 21, and effects all National Forests within the State of California. The decision is re-evaluated daily based on conditions requiring the closure.

Inciweb has the PDF with the official wording.

El Dorado Fire Closure Offical Forest Order

Here is the link (scroll to the bottom) of the official Forest Order No. 05-12-00-20-16, El Dorado Fire Emergency Closure., with a signed PDF of the order plus the map

Closed roads:

a. Forest Road No. 1S03 (Falls Road)
b. Forest Road No. 1S03A (Falls Picnic Area Road)
c. Forest Road No. 1S03C (Vivian Trailhead Road)
d. Forest Road No. 1S03D
e. Forest Road No. 1S12 (Warm Springs Road)
f. Forest Road No. 1S13 (Morton Ridge Road)
g. Forest Road No. 1S42 (Momyer Parking Road)
h. Forest Road No. 1N12 (Thomas Hunting Grounds Road)
i. Forest Road No. 1N12C (Thomas Hunting Grd Spur Road)
j. Forest Road No. 1N53 (Camp Angelus Road)
k. Forest Road No. 1N82 (Forsee Ridge Road)


a. Forest Trail No. 1E02
b. Forest Trail No. 1E04
c. Forest Trail No. 1E05
d. Forest Trail No. 1E06
e. Forest Trail No. 1E07
f. Forest Trail No. 1E08
g. Forest Trail No. 1E09 
h. Forest Trail No. 1E13
i. Forest Trail No. 1E16
j. Forest Trail No. 1E66
k. Forest Trail No. 2E03, from Middle Control Road and continuing south to Forest Road No. 1S14, and as shown on the attached map
l. Forest Trail No. 2E05
m. Forest Trail No. 1W07


a. Aspen Grove Trailhead 
b. Falls Picnic Area 
c. Fish Creek Trailhead
d. Forsee Creek Trailhead
e. Lost Creek Trailhead
f. Momyer Trailhead
g. San Bernardino Peak Trailhead
h. South Fork Trailhead
i. Thomas Hunting Grounds Yellow Post Sites
j. Thurman Flats Picnic Area
k. Vivian Creek Trailhead