Effective August 1, the Forest Service has closed areas of the forest until further notice. Hiking and camping in the San Gorgonio Wilderness as well as the Pacific Crest Trail from Highway 10 to Baldwin Lake is off limits due to the threat posed by the Apple Fire. We will update this post again whenconditions change. Please stay out of the area until the fire threat has been resolved.
The Apple Fire has burned over 20,000 acres and has no containment. Much of the northern and eastern edge of the fire is in very steep, rugged hillsides which is not accessible to firefighting vehicles. Firefighters will continue to work to slow the spread of the fire using all resources available including helicopters, fixed wing air tankers, ground equipment and hand-crews. Fire activity is expected to remain high today, with areas of active flame and smoke visible across the area.
Posted on06/12/2020|Comments Off on Trail Crews are Back!
Trail crews are back in the wilderness! We’ve had a long break due to the Covid-19 issues, but after developing a set of safety procedures our teams are back in business. As we are limited to 6-person crews, it will be a little harder on the personnel – but if you are out on the trail during the week, you might see us hard at work. We’re so happy to be back! See more of the Johns Meadow Trail clearing on volunteer John Flippin’s website, High Lake Photography.
Posted on05/15/2020|Comments Off on Campgrounds Opening
San Bernardino National Forest recreation update
The San Bernardino National Forest has made the decision to open the following developed recreation sites beginning May 22, 2020:
• Barton Flats Campground • Big Pine Flat Family Campground • Crab Flats Family Campground • Dogwood Family Campground • Green Valley Family Campground • Hanna Flat Family Campground • Heart Bar Family Campground • Holcomb Valley Campground • Jenks Lake Day Use Area • North Shore Campground • Pineknot Family Campground • San Gorgonio Family Campground • Serrano Campground • South Fork Family Campground • Wildhorse Equestrian Campground
(Notes: 1. Reservations can be made through recreation.gov
except for Big Pine Family, Holcomb Big and South Fork, which are
first-come, first-serve only. 2. Double sites at campgrounds are limited
to 10 people maximum during this time. 3. Shower facilities, which are
located at Barton Flats, Dogwood, San Gorgonio, Serrano and Wildhorse
campgrounds, are not available at this time.)
please recreate locally. Visitors should practice self-sufficiency when
visiting national forests and come prepared with all the essentials
needed for a day trip, including food, emergency supplies, and the
ability to pack-out trash. Remember to recreate responsibly by keeping
the following in mind:
• Maintaining at least six feet distancing from others • Do not gather in groups and please follow the latest guidance from officials • Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass • Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use.
Some services may not be available, so please plan accordingly.
Posted on04/18/2020|Comments Off on Volunteer Training Postponed
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SGWA is postponing Volunteer Training, originally scheduled for May 16 2020. We hope to have training in some fashion later this summer, depending on how events unfold. If you submitted an application to be a volunteer, we still have your information and we’ll be in touch. Returning volunteers, watch your email for your volunteer agreements. Stay healthy and we’ll see you on the trail eventually!
Posted on03/15/2020|Comments Off on Mill Creek Visitor Center closed
As of Sunday, March 15, 2020, Mill Creek Visitor Center is temporarily closed.
SGWA is processing email permit requests remotely for the San Gorgonio Wilderness. FAX requests will be processed as possible.
Posted on03/03/2020|Comments Off on It’s almost time for…
Spring! Despite the recent snowfall, spring will be here before we know it and everyone will be thinking about hitting the trails.
This year, why not volunteer with the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association? Our volunteers staff the Mill Creek Ranger Station info desk as well as the Barton Flats Visitor Center, present the interpretive programs at Greyback Amphitheater on weekend evenings, do trail maintenance and assist day hikers as well as overnight campers.
Annual training will take place on Saturday May 16th. You can send in your application here: Volunteer Application