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.
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 The closure will be enacted by a forest order (and will last through May 24, 2020, unless rescinded earlier.
Click here to read all about it: the Wild Winter, Featured Volunteer, and more!
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — After assessing storm
damage along Forest Road 1N45 (Santa Ana River Rd.), officials with San
Bernardino National Forest have issued a
closing the route between Highway 38 and Glass Road in the Barton Flats
area of the San Bernardino Mountains. The damage includes sink holes,
mud and rock slides, cracked
pavement, undercut pavement, sloughing and fallen trees.
Repairing 1N45 is another priority project for the
forest. Damage assessments are continuing and staff hope repair work
will begin within the next month, weather permitting.
The Forest Order begins today, March 16, 2019. It
expires on March 15, 2020, but will be lifted earlier, once necessary
repairs are completed. Special use permit holders, such as recreational
cabin owners and organization camps, are exempt
from this order.
For more information on the 1N45 road closure, call the Mountaintop Ranger District at 909-382-2790.
For more information on road damages throughout the forest caused by February 2019 storms, visit
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — After assessing storm damage along Forest Road 1N09 (locally pronounced with the letter “O”), officials with San Bernardino National Forest have issued a forest order closing about 22 miles of the route between Highway 330 and Seven Oaks Road in the San Bernardino Mountains. The damage includes sink holes, mud and rock slides, cracked pavement, undercut pavement, sloughing and fallen trees.
“Repairing 1N09 is a priority project for the
forest,” said the forest’s Deputy Fire Chief Mike Nobles. “Not only is
it a key road for suppression during a wildfire, but it’s very popular
with the recreating public. Work has already begun
to address the numerous issues along the artery.”
In addition to his role as the forest’s deputy fire chief, Nobles has been appointed as the incident commander for an
incident response team to address storm damage throughout the forest. More road closures by forest orders are expected in the coming weeks.
The forest order for 1N09 begins today, March 13,
2019. It technically expires on March 13, 2020, but will be lifted once
repairs are concluded, which is currently anticipated by early September
at the latest.
For more information, call the Front Country Ranger District at 909-382-2851.
The December SGWA newsletter is out. Many of our outstanding volunteers are mentioned – take a look! And be sure to read John Flippin’s article about rebuilding the Fish Creek Trail. That was – and continues to be – a major effort to restore, after the damage caused by the Lake Fire.
Download it here – SGWA Newsletters
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.
Although the Valley Fire put a stop to many of our activities, SGWA still did a lot of work during the last quarter. Read all about it in the August newsletter.
The Barton Flats Visitor Center opens starting Thursday May 24 2018. Visitor Center Hours are:
Thursday – Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Barton Flats Visitor Center is closed Monday – Wednesday
Mill Creek Visitor Center
Mill Creek Summer hours begin on Saturday May 26, 2018
Throughout the Summer season, Mill Creek Visitor Center hours will be:
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays – 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturdays and Sundays – 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Mill Creek Visitor Center is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Camps are getting crowded and filling up. Be sure to plan your trip well in advance, especially if you plan to go on the weekends. If you need help, please call the Mill Creek Visitor Center at 909-382-2882.
The May edition of the SGWA newsletter is now available here. Read about our new mentoring program, some great trail work, and the profile of long-time volunteer Rex Philpot.