SGWA June Newsletter


Ranger Talk – John Muir encore

Join our ranger Phil Rosencrantz on July 2 as he discusses the amazing John Muir and the John Muir trail. A reliable source says Smokey Bear will also attend!

The REAL June 18th Ranger Talk

Oops we missed a week! Tonight’s Ranger Talk will be Bears, Bears, Bears, and next week – June 25th – we’ll be discussing bats. Guess your webmaster was a little batty this week.

Ranger Talk – BATS

Ranger Talk – Rattlesnakes

First Ranger Talk of the Season

Our first Ranger Talk for 2022 will be Teddi Boston, the first woman to hike the PCT solo southbound. Hear what it was like over 45 years ago!

Find us at Greyback Ampitheater, about 1.5 miles east of the Barton Flats Visitor Center. Easy parking, free hot chocolate or coffee, snacks for purchase.

Plus photo ops with Smokey Bear!

SGWA welcoming new volunteers.

SGWA is holding its 2022 Orientation for new volunteers on Saturday, 5/21/22. This is the only day that orientation will be offered. Check the Volunteer page on this site to see what opportunities are available. Then sign up! We look forward to meeting you and working with you on trail work, patrolling, and interpretive programs.

Areas closed by El Dorado fire reopen

Forest Service Press Release April 1, 2022:

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif —San Bernardino National Forest managers reopened areas closed due to the 2020 El Dorado Fire today. The reopening includes the Thurman Flats Picnic Area and popular trails, such as the San Bernardino Peak and Foresee Creek. Areas outside the burn scar closed due debris flow concerns, such as trails and recreation cabin areas, are also now open.

Visitors are forewarned that they will be entering a burn scar where hazards may persist. Those include falling trees and limbs, loose rocks and ash pits, and trails blocked by debris or with washouts.

Forest staff and the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, a Forest partner, will continue to address trail work over the summer and into future years. One of the first projects will re-establish the John’s Meadow backcountry camp area, which will be closed to overnight camping in the short term.

Free permits are required for day and overnight trips into the San Gorgonio Wilderness. They can be obtained online on the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association’s website. Recreation passes, such as the Adventure Pass, are required to park at Thurman Flats Picnic Area.

Visitors with questions can call the Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2882 Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

2021 Yearbook!

Our incredible volunteers donated over 11,000 hours of work devoted to the Wilderness last year. We maintained miles of trail – removing over 400 fallen trees, met over 18,000 visitors in and out of the Wilderness, and implemented a FREE permit reservation service. Read about our volunteers and their activities below. There’s a link to download the PDF on this page.


February Newsletter

it’s a new year and time for a new Newsletter. Read all about the upcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival, and our featured volunteer Alfredo Zarate