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.
We urge you to be cautious while driving on forest roads during the winter. Unpaved roads that are open during the winter, such as 2N09 (Polique Canyon Road), are not maintained. You should have a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle, chains, shovel, sand, cell phone (will not work in all areas), and emergency supplies. Check the weather forecast and call the local ranger station to inquire on conditions before your trip. Do not travel alone and be sure to leave your itinerary with someone you trust. Even with these precautions you can still get stuck, and if help can make it to your location, it will be very expensive to get your vehicle out.
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.
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.
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.
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. Follow this link to a map of this temporary staging area. 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: 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, & Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) between the forest boundary north to Onyx Summit.
San Gorgonio Wilderness Trails that remain closed: 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).
Recreation residences have re-opened with exception of the following within the South Fork tract: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 26, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 & 40. These are within the closure area and will require a pass in order to gain access.
These Special Use Camps Remain closed: Camp TaTaPochon & Camp Laverne (open partially).
7S02 Santa Rosa Trucktrail winter closure in effect. The closure includes all the spur roads, Yellow Post Campsites are walk-in only during the seasonal closure. The road is closed for resource protection and public safety.
5S11 South Ridge Winter road closure in effect. The closure includes all the spur roads, Yellow Post Campsites are walk-in only during the seasonal closure. The road is closed for resource protection and public safety.
4S01 Black Mountain winter road closure in effect. The closure includes all the spur roads, Yellow Post Campsites are walk-in only during the seasonal closure. The road is closed for resource protection and public safety.
The following Roads are closed for the winter season: 1N02 Coon Creek, 1N54 Clarks Grade, 1N96 Keller Peak Road, 2N01X Parallel, 2N04X Lumpy, 2N06 Radford Truck Trail, 2N08 Knickerbocker, 2N10 Skyline (west & east sides), 2N11 Santa Ana Divide, 2N13 SnowSlide Road (west & east sides), 2N17 Camp Osito, 2N27 Sand Canyon, 2N51Y Mid Section, 2N68 Old Snow Slide, 2N70 Grays Peak, 2N80 Grout Creek Cutoff, 2N86 Kidd Creek, 2N93 Wildhorse, and 3N09 Van Dusen Canyon Road. 2N03 Breezy Point to Junction 2N43 (to SR 138), 2N97 Siberia Creek-SR 18 to Siberia/Camp Creek Trailhead, 2N19 Little Green Valley.