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Road Closures

Due to recent flash flooding Hwy 38 is closed from Angelus Oaks to Jenks Lake Road. We will post when the road is open. Due to the uncertainty of how long the road is closed SGWA has canceled this years Forest Festival.

August 6 talk cancelled

Our apologies but we had to cancel the August 6 Ranger Talk. We’ll post the subject for the next talk in a couple days. And stay tuned for news about the Forest Festival on August 20.

The REAL June 18th Ranger Talk

Oops we missed a week! Tonight’s Ranger Talk will be Bears, Bears, Bears, and next week – June 25th – we’ll be discussing bats. Guess your webmaster was a little batty this week.

Banff Film festival films to be shown

Friday, Feb. 25

“Follow the Light” – From sunsets over dramatic landscapes to the illumination of hot air balloons and the warm ambience of Turkey, immerse yourself in this colorful adventure with riders Kilian Bron, Pierre Henni, Pierre Dupont and JB Liautard.

“Finally” – After two months of confinement, freesking prodigy Ben Buratti finds himself alone on his home mountain of La Clusaz, France.

“Bear-like” (tour edit) — Two adventurers engage in close contact with grizzly bears in Alaska experiencing first-hand the struggle for survival and dramatic fighting scenes. Driven by a desire to explore the unknown, the film tells a personal story of wilderness, framed through breathtaking footage of these amazing creatures.

“If You Give a Beach a Bottle” — Inspired by a picture book, Max Romey heads to a remote beach on Alaska’s coastline in search of marine debris. What he finds is a different story altogether.

“Dream Mountain” – Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita is a certified international high mountain guide, an accomplished mountaineer, humanitarian, and a mother. She reflects on her personal highs and lows and rediscovers for herself just how much the mountains mean to her.

“EM” – Emilie Pellerin has spent most of her adult life travelling the world. She has honed her skills on the rock and has become one of the world’s best on-sight climbers. Now she’s ready to push her level on her hardest trad route yet, La Zébrée, a spectacular 5.14a overhanging crack in Quebec.

“My Midsummer Morning” – Alastair Humphreys, inspired by Laurie Lee’s book “As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning”, sets out on his most terrifying journey yet – walking through Spain, earning money for food by playing his violin, being distinctly unmusical.

Saturday, Feb. 26

“Never in the Way” – Chicago-based bike messenger, Nico Deportago-Cabrera, sees city maps like a central nervous system where everything is connected. ‘The point,’ he says, ‘is to never be in the way. If you’re never in the way, then you’re always right where you need to be.

“Always Higher” – Lysanne Richard is one of the world’s best international competition high divers. But the 39 year-old Canadian mother of three is ready to focus on personal projects of her own. First on the list is a 22 meter high dive in the dead of winter over a frozen lake, a feat that has never been done. But will it be enough?

“A Foreign Native” (tour edit) – A professional skier leaves his familiar world behind and spends close to a year in Iran. When military activity ramps up in January and Covid-19 hits in February of 2020 his journey takes a very different route. Learning Farsi and playing the Tanbur, he goes to explore the south of Iran with his new and old friends. .

“Markus Eder’s The Ultimate Run” – What if you could link every powder turn, every rail, every cliff drop, every comp run and every kicker nailed into one ultimate run? Well, Markus Eder is doing just that!

”Izembek” – There has been pressure for nearly four decades to build a road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Gerrit Vyn explores the area to document its wildlife and wilderness, before it’s too late.

“Reel Rock 15: Deep Roots” – Lonnie Kauk’s personal journey to honor his indigenous Yosemite roots, and to connect with his legendary father by repeating his iconic climbs.

Forest Falls parking closed 12/14 for Edison repairs. This closure is only for 12/14/21

MILL CREEK AND BARTON FLATS VISITOR CENTERS ARE NOW OPEN.

PURCHASE MAPS, ADVENTURE PASSES AND MERCHANDISE AT EACH LOCATION. SEE WILDERNESS PERMITS FOR PERMIT INFORMATION. HOURS MILL CREEK 9 – 4:30 AND BARTON FLATS 9 – 4:30.

RECREATION Sites in Forest Falls to reopen

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif—Officials with San Bernardino National Forest will reopen recreation sites in Forest Falls, Calif., on Saturday, April 24. The sites include the Falls Picnic Area, Big Falls Trail, and Vivian Creek Trail,

Staff and volunteers from the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, a Forest Service partner, have been able to evaluate trails and prepare facilities for reopening after closing last year for the El Dorado Fire, which continued to show smoke through snow in the winter. Some other trails near the El Dorado Fire footprint reopened on April 10

Important details about trails are below.

Vivian Creek Trail (1E08)

A portion of the Vivian Creek Trail into the San Gorgonio Wilderness of Sand to Snow National Monument was burned over during the Apple Fire, which was ignited a month before the El Dorado Fire. Hikers should be aware of potential hazards, such as falling trees and limbs and loose rocks. 

A free wilderness permit is required for day hikes and overnight trips. It can be obtained through the San Gorgonio Wilderenss Association on their website. An Adventure Pass is required for vehicles parked in the parking lot.

Big Falls Trail (1E13)

The trail is open to the upper waterfall viewing platform. No permit is required, but an Adventure Pass is required for vehicles parked in the parking lot.

The area beyond the platform is closed for safety. Rocks below the waterfall are extremely slippery, so much that one has been nicknamed “blood rock” by locals. Many visitors who have ventured past the platform have slipped into the river, prompting search and rescue operations. 

Flash flooding warning

Both of these trails cross Mill Creek, which is fairly dry in the spring and summer months. Visitors should be aware of flash floods in the stream bed caused by rain storms miles away in the wilderness. This means it can happen under sunny skies.

Because flash floods can happen without notice, react quickly by heading for higher ground immediately. Stay as high as you can and be patient while waters recede. Do not attempt to cross the water; it takes very little to knock you off your feet.

Future reopenings

Staff and the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association will work to reopen the Momyer Trailhead, with access to Dollar Lake Saddle via the Falls Creek Trail. Stay tuned for a reopening date.

Thurman Flats Picnic Area and general areas within Mill Creek off Highway 38 will remain closed as it is directly in the path of mudslides from the El Dorado Fire burn scar. The San Bernardino Peak and Foresee Creek trailheads will also remain closed at this time because they are within the El Dorado Fire burn scar.

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El Dorado fire erupts in Oak Glen

Saturday, Sept 5 2020

This morning a fire erupted in Oak Glen and has grown at a dangerously fast rate of spread. Part of the fire is climbing up toward the Yucaipa Ridge and has grown to a size of about 800 acres in a matter of hours.

The Forest Service has evacuated Thurman Flats picnic area, as well as the communities of Mountain Home Village and part of Forest Falls.

This afternoon, the Forest Service issued instructions closing part of the San Gorgonio wilderness until further notice. Currently closed are the Vivian Creek, Momyer and San Bernardino peak trails. All permits have been cancelled and volunteers are calling all permit holders to spread the word. Other areas may be closed without warning. Probably a good idea not to intentionally put yourself in the path possible danger right now.

The CHP has closed highway 38 at Bryant on the south and at Lake Williams on the north. They are only allowing residents through with identification, so visitors cannot get into the any of the wilderness area, but people already there can get out.

If you do not need to be in this area, please stay away and reduce the traffic congestion so emergency vehicles have a chance to get through.

For more details about the fire, go to the Inciweb incident page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7148/

Cal Fire has setup a phone number for public information at 909-383-5688.

More information will be added here when it is available.

Increased Fire Restrictions

The Forest Service has issued a new order increasing the fire restrictions in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Fires are not allowed in the forest except in Forest Service Provided fire rings in designated camp grounds – Yellow Post fire rings are no longer allowed to be used.

Barbecues provided at Forest Service Picnic areas continue to be allowed but you cannot bring your own charcoal barbecue

Other restrictions also apply.

More details can be viewed on the San Bernardino National Forest Website

(Now if only we can get the Apple Fire to comply…..)

Apple Fire threatens San Gorgonio Wilderness

>>>ATTENTION<<<<<< 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 when conditions change. Please stay out of the area until the fire threat has been resolved.

July 31 around 4:30 PM a fire erupted in Cherry Valley, south of the San Gorgonio Wilderness and overnight it grew to over 1900 acres with 0% containment. The Forest Service has asked SGWA to put out a warning to visitors to be aware that the southern border of the wilderness is under threat and it would be wise not to put yourself in danger by hiking or camping in the wilderness at this time.

Updates on the status of the fire can be obtained either on the CalFire Riverside incident page or on the San Bernardino National Forest Twitter page