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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!