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Spring! Despite the recent snowfall, spring will be here before we know it and everyone will be thinking about hitting the trails.

This year, why not volunteer with the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association? Our volunteers staff the Mill Creek Ranger Station info desk as well as the Barton Flats Visitor Center, present the interpretive programs at Greyback Amphitheater on weekend evenings, do trail maintenance and assist day hikers as well as overnight campers.

Annual training will take place on Saturday May 16th. You can send in your application here: Volunteer Application

Banff Film Festival Lineup

Don’t forget the Banff Film Festival coming up on Feb 27 and 28! There are different films each night.

Thursday night’s lineup: Good Morning; Surfer Dan; Safe Haven; Into the Canyon; Siblings; Electric Greg; Thabang; Chasing Monsters; Life of Pie; and Hors PIst.

On Friday: The Motivator; Camel Finds Water; Home; Return to Earth; Circle of the Sun; A Nordic Skater; The Imaginary Line; The Flip; REEL ROCK 13: Up To Speed; and Danny Daycare.

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SGWA Year’s End Newsletter

Our volunteers did some major work this year! Click here to read about all that happened and take a look at some of our hard-working folks.

South Fork Trail maintenance. Photo credit John Flippin

Winter Weather Warning

photo credit Nick Lanham

STAY SAFE!
RESCUES IN THE WILDERNESS CAN BE AVOIDED.
FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE RULES

Stay together – do not leave your group,

Be prepared –  Carry Flashlight, Map, Food,  Water and Clothing

Be trail aware – Watch your surroundings, the trail looks different when you are coming back down. Turn around take a look, establish points of reference, a mountain top you can see or a particular rock formation, that will take you home. TAKE A MAP.  Many people are lost leaving the San Gorgonio Summit because they miss the trail going back to Vivian. Instead they end up miles from where they should be.  Watch for trail junctions, don’t just follow your feet without looking up.

Leave your itinerary –Make sure you tell someone where you are planning to go and when you’ll be back.

Winter conditions  – Be prepared for all weather conditions. Days change quickly from pleasant to snow and ice. Take warm clothing and equipment so you can stay overnight should you have to.  Days are short and nights are very cold.  Must have crampons/and Alpine boots, trails are iced and very dangerous.

SGWA Yearbook 2019!

Another successful summer season for SGWA volunteers. We celebrated with our annual awards program and potluck. The yearbook is a great way to remember all the things that happened, from our friendly faces at Mill Creek Ranger Station to the valiant trail crews. Please take a look at the 2019 SGWA Yearbook, we’re very proud to have such great volunteers working for the forest.

If you’d like to work with us, our annual training is usually a week or two before Memorial Day each May. There will be announcements here and on our Facebook page.

We don’t take the winter off either – so we’ll be seeing you out on the trail or in the office!

Volunteer Sharon Philpot “infra-ing” the trail. Photo credit Rex Philpot.

August Newsletter

The August newsletter is now available. Read about our trail work, a plea for photos, and a profile of volunteer David Bratt. https://sgwa.org/about/newsletters/

2019 Summer season ends

Labor Day marks the end of the Summer season at the Mill Creek Visitor center. Business hours for the Mill Creek Visitor Center beginning Saturday Sept 7th until Memorial Day 2020 will be:

Thursday – Monday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Office is closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Contact us at Mill Creek during those days and hours with any questions.

Off-Trail Hiking Prohibited at Big Falls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Zach Behrens, 909-382-2788

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — An off-trail area around one of Southern California’s tallest waterfalls will be closed to the public beginning on the 4th of July, San Bernardino National Forest officials announced today. Visitors will still be able to hike the Big Falls Trail (1E13) to a waterfall overlook, but areas beyond the railing will be closed due to safety.

“There have been too many search and rescues in this area in the past,” said Joe Rechsteiner, the district ranger for the Front Country Ranger District. “We want to make sure the public enjoys this beautiful spot while staying safe. Some of rocks in Falls Creek are deceivingly slippery.”

Search and rescues by partners at San Bernardino County Fire and sheriff’s deputies are sometimes so frequent in this area that one rock in particular is known to locals as “Blood Rock.” A slip on it has sent multiple people tumbling down the middle fall, often prompting injury and rescue by helicopter. The closure will be enacted by a forest order (and will last through May 24, 2020, unless rescinded earlier.

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Vivian Creek Trail Maintenance

On June 22, 16 SGWA Trail Crew members headed for the Vivian Creek trail. They cleared, repaired, and defined 200 yards of trail tread in various places, removed 4 trees from across the trail, rebuilt a trail tread retaining wall, and cut back 100 feet of brush growing over the trail. Check out pictures on SGWA member John Flippin’s website, High Lake Photography.