Wilderness Permits

El Dorado Fire reopening

A portion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness within Sand to Snow National Monument will reopen Saturday, April 10. The South Fork, Lost Creek, Aspen Grove Trail, and Fish Creek trailheads will reopen, but access to some interior trails, such as the San Bernardino Peak Trail west of Dollar Lake Saddle will be closed (see maps for details). Hikers should take note of current trail access information, which is noted below in the FAQs.

Limited, but free wilderness permits for day hiking and overnight camping are required  from the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, a Forest Service partner. See below at Make a Reservation.

Trail FAQs

Can I drive to all the trailheads?

Forest Service roads 1N02 and 1N05 that serve the Aspen Grove and Fish Creek trailheads were closed for the winter season and will reopen when dangerous ice and snow conditions have subsided and hazard trees and rocks are mitigated. Hikers may hike to these trailhead, but parking is very limited and the distance may be considerable for some visitors.

What are the trail conditions like?

Trail conditions are variable and can change at any time. Winter conditions still exist and hikers should bring appropriate gear for safe travel. Field reports indicate snow starting at about 8,500 feet. Additionally, the Lost Creek Trail was burned over in the 2015 Lake Fire. A scratch trail has been marked, but may be hard to follow for some visitors. 

When will Forest Falls area trailheads reopen?

Forest staff are currently evaluating reopening them soon. Please stay tuned.

Can I hike San Bernardino Peak?

This popular trail remains closed at this time, as the El Dorado Fire burned through large portions of the western section of the wilderness and monument.

UNFORTUNATELY the Mill Creek Ranger station is still closed. You can send questions via the SGWA contact info on this site. We will be watching for questions, and hopefully we have answers.

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Only one reservation per person, you can reserve for up to 12 people but only one reservation – We will cancel any reservations made in the same name for the same date.

AFTER YOU COMPLETE YOUR INFORMATION ON THE RESERVATION PAGE AND USE THE SUBMIT BUTTON, WE ARE EXPERIENCING A GLITCH: YOU MAY SEE A WAIT BUTTON GOING IN CIRCLES ON THE PAGE. HOWEVER YOUR PERMIT HAS BEEN RECEIVED, AND YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL AND A DOWNLOADABLE PERMIT ON THE DEVICE YOU USED.

DO NOT COMPLETE A DUPLICATE PERMIT. QUESTIONS? USE THE CONTACT EMAIL ON THIS SITE. ALSO FOR ANY CORRECTIONS TO THE PERMIT USE THE CONTACT EMAIL ON THIS SITE. ENJOY YOUR HIKE

MAKE A RESERVATION