Category Archives: News Items

Trail Crews are Back!

Movin’ a log. Photo credit John Flippin

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.

June Newsletter

It’s been awfully quiet but perhaps things are starting to break loose. Read about what we CAN do this year, plus all about our featured volunteer Roxanne Smith. Click here to see the newsletter.

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.)

Whenever possible, 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.

For more information, please visit the San Bernardino National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf Facebook www.facebook.com/SanBernardinoNF and Twitter www.twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF.

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.

March Newsletter

Our March Newsletter is here! This month we feature volunteer Roxanne Smith, plus some insight into our Mill Creek Ranger Station front desk. See the newsletter at this link

SGWA Year’s End Newsletter

Our volunteers did some major work this year! Click here to read about all that happened and take a look at some of our hard-working folks.

South Fork Trail maintenance. Photo credit John Flippin

Winter Weather Warning

photo credit Nick Lanham

STAY SAFE!
RESCUES IN THE WILDERNESS CAN BE AVOIDED.
FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE RULES

Stay together – do not leave your group,

Be prepared –  Carry Flashlight, Map, Food,  Water and Clothing

Be trail aware – Watch your surroundings, the trail looks different when you are coming back down. Turn around take a look, establish points of reference, a mountain top you can see or a particular rock formation, that will take you home. TAKE A MAP.  Many people are lost leaving the San Gorgonio Summit because they miss the trail going back to Vivian. Instead they end up miles from where they should be.  Watch for trail junctions, don’t just follow your feet without looking up.

Leave your itinerary –Make sure you tell someone where you are planning to go and when you’ll be back.

Winter conditions  – Be prepared for all weather conditions. Days change quickly from pleasant to snow and ice. Take warm clothing and equipment so you can stay overnight should you have to.  Days are short and nights are very cold.  Must have crampons/and Alpine boots, trails are iced and very dangerous.

SGWA Yearbook 2019!

Another successful summer season for SGWA volunteers. We celebrated with our annual awards program and potluck. The yearbook is a great way to remember all the things that happened, from our friendly faces at Mill Creek Ranger Station to the valiant trail crews. Please take a look at the 2019 SGWA Yearbook, we’re very proud to have such great volunteers working for the forest.

If you’d like to work with us, our annual training is usually a week or two before Memorial Day each May. There will be announcements here and on our Facebook page.

We don’t take the winter off either – so we’ll be seeing you out on the trail or in the office!

Volunteer Sharon Philpot “infra-ing” the trail. Photo credit Rex Philpot.

2019 Summer season ends

Labor Day marks the end of the Summer season at the Mill Creek Visitor center. Business hours for the Mill Creek Visitor Center beginning Saturday Sept 7th until Memorial Day 2020 will be:

Thursday – Monday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Office is closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Contact us at Mill Creek during those days and hours with any questions.

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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