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.
The following Forest Service Roads are closed for the winter season: Keller Peak Road 1N96, The following Forest Service Roads are closed for the winter season: Keller Peak Road 1N96, Green Valley Lake 2N19 and spur roads, Snowslide Road 2N13 both west and east gates, including 2N13B to Butler Peak Fire Lookout. Mill Creek 2N10, Knickerbocker 2N08, Camp Osito 2N17, Kidd Creek 2N86, Santa Ana Divide 2N11, Radford Truck Trail 2N06, Clarks Grade 1N54, Mid Section 2N51Y, Ski 2N10E, 2N10F, Sugarlump 2N21, Sugarloaf 2N93, Sand Canyon 2N27, Grout Creek Cutoff 2N80, Grays Peak 2N70, Old Snow Slide 2N68.
In order to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, areas of the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest, within the Mountain Fire burned area, will be closed to public access. This closure order is effective from November 15, 2016 through November 14, 2017.
The Upper Big Falls area on the San Bernardino National Forest is closed as described by: within 150 feet of Falls Creek, from the northern end of Big Falls Trail (Forest Trail No. 1E13), then continuing north to the eastern section line of Section 17, Township 1 South, Range 1 East, San Bernardino Base and Meridian (SBBM), as shown on the attached map. 36 CFR 261.53(e).
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is open for thru hikers only, between the Forest boundary (approximately mile 237) and Onyx Summit (mile marker 252); no camping is permitted in this area and all thru hikers must abide by the Forest Order concerning the Lake Fire.
Roads that remain closed due to the Lake Fire: 1N01 (Pipes Canyon), 1N02 east of Coon Creek Cabin, 1N02C, 1N05 (Fish Creek Road), 1N05C, 1N17A, 1N30, 1N37, 1N62YA, 1N78 (Poopout Hill Road), and 2N61YB.
Trailheads with no access to San Gorgonio Wilderness include: South Fork, Lost Creek, Aspen Grove, Fish Creek, and Forsee Creek (closed to Jackstraw Springs).
Trailheads that remain open include: Vivian Creek, Momyer Creek, San Bernardino, and Forsee (open to John's Meadow).