Ranger Talk – Rattlesnakes

First Ranger Talk of the Season

Our first Ranger Talk for 2022 will be Teddi Boston, the first woman to hike the PCT solo southbound. Hear what it was like over 45 years ago!

Find us at Greyback Ampitheater, about 1.5 miles east of the Barton Flats Visitor Center. Easy parking, free hot chocolate or coffee, snacks for purchase.

Plus photo ops with Smokey Bear!

SGWA welcoming new volunteers.

SGWA is holding its 2022 Orientation for new volunteers on Saturday, 5/21/22. This is the only day that orientation will be offered. Check the Volunteer page on this site to see what opportunities are available. Then sign up! We look forward to meeting you and working with you on trail work, patrolling, and interpretive programs.

Areas closed by El Dorado fire reopen

Forest Service Press Release April 1, 2022:

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif —San Bernardino National Forest managers reopened areas closed due to the 2020 El Dorado Fire today. The reopening includes the Thurman Flats Picnic Area and popular trails, such as the San Bernardino Peak and Foresee Creek. Areas outside the burn scar closed due debris flow concerns, such as trails and recreation cabin areas, are also now open.

Visitors are forewarned that they will be entering a burn scar where hazards may persist. Those include falling trees and limbs, loose rocks and ash pits, and trails blocked by debris or with washouts.

Forest staff and the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, a Forest partner, will continue to address trail work over the summer and into future years. One of the first projects will re-establish the John’s Meadow backcountry camp area, which will be closed to overnight camping in the short term.

Free permits are required for day and overnight trips into the San Gorgonio Wilderness. They can be obtained online on the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association’s website. Recreation passes, such as the Adventure Pass, are required to park at Thurman Flats Picnic Area.

Visitors with questions can call the Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2882 Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

2021 Yearbook!

Our incredible volunteers donated over 11,000 hours of work devoted to the Wilderness last year. We maintained miles of trail – removing over 400 fallen trees, met over 18,000 visitors in and out of the Wilderness, and implemented a FREE permit reservation service. Read about our volunteers and their activities below. There’s a link to download the PDF on this page.

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February Newsletter

it’s a new year and time for a new Newsletter. Read all about the upcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival, and our featured volunteer Alfredo Zarate

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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.

Banff Center Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2022

San Gorgonio Wilderness Association is pleased to host the 2022 Banff Mountain Center Film Festival World Tour. Get your tickets HERE ; $30 or, if you buy a one-year membership to SGWA for $45, receive one free ticket.

Get off the beaten path and explore the edge of believable with captivating stories from the Festival, coming to the Fox Theater in Redlands on February 25th and 26th at 6:30 p.m. There will be different films each night.

Stand on the highest peaks, ski the steepest slopes, and be a part of the gripping adventures waiting for you in this year’s film festival. From exploring remote landscapes to adrenaline-fueled action sports, films selected for the 2021/2022 World Tour are sure to captivate and amaze you.

Be moved. Be inspired. Don’t miss out.

November 2022 Newsletter

A little late but still newsworthy! Read about what we accomplished last year and meet some outstanding volunteers. If you would prefer to download the PDF, you can find the link here.

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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