Please check the Incident Information System (InciWeb) for information about any current wildfires in the Pacific Southwest Region. Below are alerts, advisories and closures on the National Forest. "Know Before You Go" and call ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on the latest conditions.
The PCT is open from Splinters Cabin to the Mojave River Forks Dam in Deep Creek, the slide has been cleared, the whole segment is passable and in moderately good shape. HOWEVER, THIS SEGMENT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR STOCK.
Northbound Equestrians can bypass this segment of 3N34c, by traveling west on 3N34 and north on SR173, rejoining the trail at the SR173/PCT crossing.
California has many kinds of beautiful and harmless native snakes. However, one kind of snake that is a safety concern for anyone outdoors is the rattlesnake. All snakes, including rattlesnakes, provide humans with a tremendous service because they control rodent populations.
Rattlesnakes are the only venomous snakes in California that can cause serious injury to humans; however, very few people die from rattlesnake bites. Generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, and given room they will retreat. Never try to pick up a rattlesnake. Most snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone.
The potential of running into a rattlesnake should not deter anyone from venturing outdoors, but there are several precautions that can be taken to lessen the chance of being bitten.
The San Bernardino National Forest is home to a large black bear population (Ursus americanus).
There are many things we can do to avoid attracting bears. Good sanitation and awareness are key! By knowing how to recreate in bear country, we can prevent bears from being conditioned to being around people. Once conditioned, a bear is dangerous. It may approach people and come into camps and homes in search for food.
Due to the North Fire the following areas are closed: Baldy Mesa Road 3N21 north of the Baldy Mesa (Trestles) staging area to the intersection of Desert Front Road 3N24 and Road 3N55 from its intersection with the eastern section line of Section 23, Township 3 North, Range 6 West then continuing north to its intersection with Forest Road 3N21. You can access Desert Front Road 3N24 from Hwy 138 7 miles west of I-15. For more information please call the Front Country Ranger District (909) 382-2851 (closed Tues/Wed).
Roads and areas that remain closed due to the Lake Fire include: Fish Creek Rd (1N05), Big Meadows Rd (1N39A), Road 2N61YB, Poopout Hill Rd (1N78), the portion of the Santa Ana River Trail south of Hwy 38, and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) between the forest boundary north to Onyx Summit.
San Gorgonio Wilderness Trails that remain closed are: Fish Creek, Aspen Grove, South Fork, Dry Lake, Lodgepole, North Fork Meadows (Big Tree), Sky High, Dollar Lake, Forsee Trail to Jackstraw Springs, Lost Creek, and San Bernardino Peak Trail between 1E06 and 1E04 (Dollar Lake Saddle).
Owners of recreation residence cabins are allowed to access their structures during the daytime, however overnight or stays when it is raining, are not authorized at this time.
Special Use Camps have re-opened, with the exceptions of Camp TaTaPochon and Camp Laverne (open partially).
Forest Roads 3N05 (Gold Fever) and 3N09 (Van Dusen Canyon) will be closed starting mid-September for approximately 3 weeks. For more information please call the Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790 (closed Tues/Wed).
The seasonal closure of Road 1N34 begins on March 1 and extends through Labor Day each year to protect important fawning habitat for mule deer, a Forest Service Management Indicator Species. The gate will be locked and the road closed to non-authorized vehicular access. Permit holders who need access to the communication site on the peak will still be able to drive the road. The public is still welcome to use the road for hiking and biking, but there is no vehicle access.
There is an emergency closure for the Mountain Fire Closure Area on the San Jacinto Ranger District. Members of the public are prohibited from being on National Forest System Lands, Roads, and Trails within the Fire Closure Area.