Pacific Crest Trail & Santa Ana River Trail Re-Open within the Lake Fire Closure

Release Date: Jul 18, 2016  


U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Gerrelaine Alcordo at (909) 382-2711
Twitter: @sanbernardinonf

Pacific Crest Trail & Santa Ana River Trail Re-Open within the Lake Fire Closure

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., July 18, 2016 – Tomorrow, Forest Service officials will re-opened a portion of the San Bernardino National Forest closed in 2015 as a result of the 31,359 acre Lake Fire.  The areas reopened includes the Pacific Crest Trail, Santa Ana River Trail and the East Flats near Barton Flats.

Trail crews rehabilitated the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail within the burned area, for foot traffic with the following conditions:

  • Hikers must possess a Pacific Crest Trail Long Distance Hiker Permit.Equestrian use is not recommend.
  • Hikers must stay on the Pacific Crest Trail within the burn area – no cross forest travel.
  • When storms are forecast, the trail may be closed due to the risk of mud and debris flows.

Forest visitors are encouraged to call our Mill Creek Visitor Center at (909) 382-2882.  Our staff will help you plan an enjoyable trip to the forest.   The forest order is available at

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