El Dorado Fire Closure Offical Forest Order

Here is the link (scroll to the bottom) of the official Forest Order No. 05-12-00-20-16, El Dorado Fire Emergency Closure., with a signed PDF of the order plus the map

Closed roads:

a. Forest Road No. 1S03 (Falls Road)
b. Forest Road No. 1S03A (Falls Picnic Area Road)
c. Forest Road No. 1S03C (Vivian Trailhead Road)
d. Forest Road No. 1S03D
e. Forest Road No. 1S12 (Warm Springs Road)
f. Forest Road No. 1S13 (Morton Ridge Road)
g. Forest Road No. 1S42 (Momyer Parking Road)
h. Forest Road No. 1N12 (Thomas Hunting Grounds Road)
i. Forest Road No. 1N12C (Thomas Hunting Grd Spur Road)
j. Forest Road No. 1N53 (Camp Angelus Road)
k. Forest Road No. 1N82 (Forsee Ridge Road)

Trails:

a. Forest Trail No. 1E02
b. Forest Trail No. 1E04
c. Forest Trail No. 1E05
d. Forest Trail No. 1E06
e. Forest Trail No. 1E07
f. Forest Trail No. 1E08
g. Forest Trail No. 1E09 
h. Forest Trail No. 1E13
i. Forest Trail No. 1E16
j. Forest Trail No. 1E66
k. Forest Trail No. 2E03, from Middle Control Road and continuing south to Forest Road No. 1S14, and as shown on the attached map
l. Forest Trail No. 2E05
m. Forest Trail No. 1W07

Trailheads:

a. Aspen Grove Trailhead 
b. Falls Picnic Area 
c. Fish Creek Trailhead
d. Forsee Creek Trailhead
e. Lost Creek Trailhead
f. Momyer Trailhead
g. San Bernardino Peak Trailhead
h. South Fork Trailhead
i. Thomas Hunting Grounds Yellow Post Sites
j. Thurman Flats Picnic Area
k. Vivian Creek Trailhead

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sbnf/learning/safety-ethics/?cid=fseprd799188

Forest Service temporarily closes Southern California National Forests, adds prohibitions in others

As of 5 pm on September 7, 2020, the US Forest Service has temporarily closed San Bernardino National Forest along with many others due to extreme fire danger. That means no camping, hiking, biking, fishing, OHVing, scenic driving, permitted wood cutting, etc. This situation is not one the FS takes lightly and will be re-evaluated on a daily basis.

For the full press release, please visit Region 5 News & Events page.

Wilderness closed due to El Dorado fire

Due to the El Dorado fire, the San Gorgonio Wilderness is now closed to visitors until October 1st. All permits through Sept 30 are cancelled and no new permits will be issued until the order expires. We will be contacting permit holders ASAP. More information on the closure as we receive it. Information on the El Dorado fire may be found on Inciweb .

Photo from US Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest

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.

Don’t forget your permit!

Permits are now required for day hikes as well as overnights in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. Camping overnight? Get an overnight permit. Just hiking for a day? Get a day hike permit. Permits are FREE and can be found on the Wilderness Permits page. Please read the instructions and the Simple Rules for enjoying the Wilderness.

Wilderness reopens!!!!

The wilderness has been re-opened! All of the popular trails are now open, including Vivian Creek. However, some remote trails are still closed for public safety. Take a look at the map for the closure area. And just a reminder that as of Sept 1, permits are needed for both overnight and day hikes.

August SGWA Newsletter

Despite COVID and fires, we are still out there and staying true to our mission. Our featured volunteer this edition is Shawn Sisler! Read all about it by clicking here

Day Hike Permits Reinstated

For Immediate Release: Zach Behrens, Public Affairs Officer, Forest Service

Permit requirements to be reinstated for three wilderness areas

Day-use permits will again be required for the San Gorgonio, San Jacinto and Cucamonga wilderness areas

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif – As hiking some of Southern California’s tallest peaks and rugged, beautiful wilderness areas become increasingly more popular and crowded, Forest Service officials are reinstating a day-use permit system for entering three wilderness areas on the San Bernardino National Forest starting September 1. Permits for overnight stays remain in effect.

The move back to permits will help realign management of the areas with mandates of the Wilderness Act of 1964. 

“A key characteristic of wilderness is experiencing solitude,” said Jody Noiron, Forest Supervisor. “We have lost that on many of our wilderness trails and sorely need a place for it in busy metropolitan Southern California.”

Reinstating permits will also help relieve overcrowding at trailhead parking lots, some which are at capacity by the early morning hours. Furthermore, the frequency of damage to vegetation by the widening and degradation of trails as hikers pass each other will be reduced.

Hikers will need a free day-use permit for entering San Gorgonio Wilderness*, San Jacinto and Cucamonga wilderness areas within the San Bernardino National Forest. The requirement is not in effect for wilderness areas that cross into another unit or agency’s jurisdiction.

Up to 144 day hikers will be allowed at each trailhead in the San Gorgonio and Cucamonga wilderness areas each day, and there will be a limit of 30 permits available for entry into the San Jacinto Wilderness from the Devils Slide Trailhead on Saturday and Sundays from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Permits for summer weekdays/off season days at that trailhead and for other trailheads in the San Jacinto Wilderness will be required, but there is no quota (Visitors with a permit for the San Jacinto State Wilderness area will be able to use that permit for entry). 

Group sizes for all wilderness areas will be capped at 12 people.

Visitors can obtain free permits up to 90 days in advance and walk-up permits may also be available for visitors attempting a last-minute plan when there is ranger availability. The permits are available through local ranger stations by phone or email. Permits for the San Gorgonio Wilderness association are also available online through the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, a Forest Service partner. Contact details are below:

  • Cucamonga Wilderness: Contact the Lytle Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2851
  • San Gorgonio Wilderness: Contact the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association/Mill Creek Ranger Station at (909) 382-2882 or reserve by email through https://sgwa.org/
  • San Jacinto Wilderness: Contact the San Jacinto Ranger Station at (909) 382-2921. 

(Due to virtual services, visitors should leave a message if the call goes to voicemail)

Apple Fire Closure

>>>>>ATTENTION<<<<<

Due to the ongoing Apple fire the San Gorgonio Wilderness, Pacific Crest trail from hwy 10 to Onyx Summit, falls picnic area, feeder trails to the wilderness and wilderness trailhead parking lots are closed. This closure is in effect until further notice. For further information see the San Bernardino National Forest Web site.

Currently issued Permits have been suspended and we are not issuing new permits until the closure is lifted.

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…..)