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    • #4817
      Tin Cup
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      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Can anyone explain why the forests are still closed ? It looks like there is some day hiking and  limited camping but no overnight backpacking .</p>

    • #4821
      chris in redlands
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      Five years ago when the Lake Fire cut a similarly damaging path through the wilderness, most of the wilderness within the burn scar was closed for multiple years. I can’t recall how long the entire wilderness was closed.

      I’d imagine that they’ll reopen everything but the San Bernardino Peak trail and the Forsee Creek trail shortly after a couple of good rains (assuming the complete closure remains in placebecause there’s still spot fires burning within the El Dorado fire perimeter).

      Unfortunately, those are just assumptions, and if history is any indicator, there will be no communication from the forest service until they modify the closure order, which we’ll only hear about because the SGWA will mention it here. So stay posted.

    • #4822
      Tin Cup
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      Ya I get the fire areas being closed . If you look at mt san Jacinto web site they say it’s because of covid . But USFS San Bernardino is because of fire danger . The Cleveland is very clear on what and why . Just crazy how they are all different . I guess I am just missing going backpacking. Frustrating.

    • #4823
      chris in redlands
      Participant

      I hear you. The mix of managing agencies doesn’t make it any easier, either. San Jacinto is especially weird, b/c it’s state park in most of the areas with sanctioned backcountry camping. All of the trails are open on San Jacinto, but yeah, no backpacking. They did determine that it’s okay for people to be together on the tram, which reopened recently, so it seems odd that they’d think backcountry camping isn’t at least as safe as that, right? Alas.

      It’s cool enough out this time of year to camp in the Santa Rosas, south of San Jacinto, and some of the lower elevation stuff that’s too hot until fall. Might look into that. Another possibility to consider is heading up the Whitewater. There’s probably restrictions on camping along the PCT, but heading up the whitewater and into it’s tributaries makes for adventurous cross-country travel, and after a mile or so beyond the trout ponds becomes very wild and remote. you could start in from Mission Creek, or park along the road below whitewater preserve (the preserve itself is closed). Another consideration would be the Orocopias, south of Joshua Tree.

      There are creative, non-traditional backpacking options. Just have to dig around a bit and maybe drive a little further.

    • #4826
      chris in redlands
      Participant

      Seems now would be a good time to reopen the south face of the San Gorgonio wilderness…

      Anyone hear anything?

    • #4827
      Tin Cup
      Participant

      Open everything that can be opened . If it isn’t in the recently burned areas , then open it .

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