Category Archives: News Items

WINTER HAS ARRIVED

Winter conditions exist in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Be prepared for ice and deep snow, bring crampons and /or snow shoes and above all do not hike past your limits. Even if it’s warm and sunny at lower elevations, it’s cold and icy in the wilderness. Search and Rescue advises always hike with someone, and not leave your group. Bring extra food, flashlight, and warm clothes. Be aware of your surroundings – trails look different in the snow and are sometimes are hard to find.

Roads 1n02 / 1n05 that go into Aspen Grove and Fish Creek are closed for the winter.

Weather conditions for different elevations in the San Gorgonio Wilderness are at:

www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/San-Gorgonio/forecasts/3505

Forest is re-opening Sept 23 2021

Permits are again available for the Wilderness; please go to the Permits page to request one. The following is from the US Forest Service news release:

“The San Bernardino National Forest, with some exceptions, will reopen on Thursday, September 23. We are thankful that overall fire activity in California has decreased, allowing more of our firefighters to return to their home forest. It’s important to note, however, that fire restrictions will remain in effect. Open-flame campfires and BBQs, smoking and target shooting, among other activities, will continue to be prohibited.Upon reopening, staff will begin taking down closure signs and reopening gates as fast as possible. Patience is appreciated during this process if some areas appear to still be closed on Thursday. Two foothill areas, however, will remain closed for public safety. Both of these sit in areas with dry vegetation where fires can move rapidly under current conditions:- Closed to all traffic, including pedestrians: City Creek Road (1N09) between Hwy 330 and Bear Creek, Alder Creek Road (1N16) and Santa Ana Road (1N13) to limit visitors becoming entrapped on these mid-slope roads. Additionally, illegal target shooting has been rampant in this area despite fire restrictions, signage and law enforcement presence.- Closed to vehicles: Big Tree Cucamonga Road (1N34), a 12-mile mid-slope road that is one-way-in, one-way-out.Other areas where long-term closures were previously in place, such as the El Dorado and Apple fire burn scars, will remain closed. The one change will be the area around Lytle Creek, which was closed due to the 819-acre South Fire (100% contained) in late August; that closure area will reopen Thursday.As always, visitors are encouraged to “know before you go” by direct messaging us or calling ranger stations to check on the open status of specific recreation facilities, such as campgrounds, which are beginning to close for the season. Thank you!”

San Bernardino NF closed through Sept 22 2021

USFS has extended the closure on the San Bernardino National Forest through September 22, 2021. Any permits for the Wilderness for the period between Sept 17 and Sept 22 are being cancelled. We will not be issuing any permits, for any dates, until the closure is lifted. If you have any questions please contact us via the form on this website.

Sorry everyone, we know it’s disappointing.

August 2021 Newsletter

Our trail crews were so busy this summer – take a look at what they’ve accomplished. Our featured volunteer this month is Domenic Wager, who’s been with SGWA since 2007. Read about it and more in the newsletter. If you’d like to download the PDF directly, this is the link.

2021_08-SGWA-Newsletter

California National Forests Temporarily Closed as of Sep 1

We have just received word that all National Forests in California will be closed beginning August 31, at 11:59 p.m. This is expected to last through the end of September 17. All wilderness permits for that period are cancelled and we will begin notifying permit holders ASAP.

Click here for the full text of the announcement.

Mill Creek Visitor Center and Barton Flats Visitor Center are also closed. Watch here for updates.

Forest Festival celebrates forest life Aug. 21 at Barton Flats Visitor Center

Smoky Bear greets a visitor at the 2019 Forest Festival

     The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barton Flats Visitor Center, located on State Highway 38 about seven miles east of Angelus Oaks. The family-friendly festival is free and open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be available, and live music by SGWA volunteers will be presented beginning at 11 a.m.

     Visitors will have opportunities to use a crosscut saw to create a “tree cookie,” which will then be branded with U.S. Forest Service and Smokey Bear logos; pan for gold; operate remote-controlled OHV Jeeps; explore their creative side with nature crafts; learn what it takes to serve on a search-and-rescue team; hear what various outdoor and conservation groups do to protect our natural resources; and visit with members of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, who patrol and maintain trails in the San Gorgonio and Cucamonga wilderness areas, and provide interpretive programs.

    Smokey Bear will make appearances throughout the day, and SGWA volunteers will lead nature walks around the visitor center.

    SGWA is a nonprofit organization that works with the U.S. Forest Service to protect the forest in and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness and Cucamonga Wilderness, and educates the public about this natural resource. Every year SGWA volunteers donate thousands of hours to the San Bernardino National Forest in a variety of activities, including interacting with the public on wilderness trails and at interpretive programs, clearing fallen trees that block trails and repairing damaged trail tread, removing illegal fire rings in wilderness areas, and measuring and collecting data on wilderness trails.      For more information about the Forest Festival or the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association please call the association at (909) 389-9650, or use the contact form on this website.

Momyer Trailhead to open 7/23/21

Good news, the Forest Service has issued a new Forest Order which will allow Momyer Trailhead to re-open. There is still a large closed area from the El Dorado fire (Exhibit A in the order, click on the link above). Exhibit B shows more detail around Hwy 38 and 7 Oaks Rd. We will open up the permits for Momyer starting tomorrow, 7/23/21.

May Newsletter

We’re back! Well pretty much. Read all about it in the May newsletter. Our featured volunteer this time is Rosy Nunez.

A message from our president…

Bettye Miller, the President of the SGWA Board of Directors, has this message about our recent technical difficulties.

“SGWA’s new online permit system is speeding up the process of requesting wilderness permits and generally has worked well, although not without some glitches. We are working to fix those. In April we issued 439 day and overnight permits, and we’ve been flooded with requests since Vivian Creek Trail opened. Fewer than 3% of permit requests have been unsuccessful, which we know is frustrating if you’re one of those people. We are tweaking our programming to better handle the large number of requests, which has created unexpected issues with emailing approved permits. Some permits are landing in spam folders, so please check there. If things go amiss, please contact us at contact@sgwa.org.”

Vivian Creek Trail Reopens Saturday 4/24/21

Permits for Saturday will be available after 10 AM on Friday 4/23.

Use our new online reservations under Wilderness Permits. At the bottom of the page, under the map, is a button for Make a Reservation . A new page will open. Complete the reservation information, enter “submit”, and your permit will come immediately to your email. You can use your cell phone or computer, very handy if you are on your way and forgot to get a permit. We are still occasionally seeing a glitch that looks like it hasn’t completed the process, but it always sends the permit anyway. Check your mail before trying again.

The Mill Creek Ranger station remains closed due to the Covid restrictions.