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 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.