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.
For State Highway information contact CalTrans 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or http://www.dot.ca.gov
State Law: four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in mountain areas during winter months
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.
The San Bernardino Supervisor's Office, the Lytle Creek Ranger Station, the Mill Creek Work Center, the Big Bear Discovery Center, and the Idyllwild Ranger Station will be closed on December 25, December 26, and January 1st - in addition to their normal days closed.
The following roads are closed for the winter season: 1N54 Clarks Grade, 2N06 Radford Truck Trail, 2N10 Skyline (east and west sides), 2N13 Butler (east and west sides) , 2N27 Sand Canyon, 2N93 Wildhorse (north, top and south gates), 3N09 Van Dusen Canyon (upper and lower gates), IN96 Keller Peak, 2N08 Knickerbocker, 2N19 Green Valley Lake & spur roads, and 2N97 Siberia Creek
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.