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Winter road closures go into effect

Contact(s): Zach Behrens, 909-382-2788

A snowy road in the Big Bear, Calif., area closed for the winter

Recent snowfall, along with more predicted, has prompted the seasonal closure of several U.S. Forest Service roads in the San Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino National Forest. The roads will remain closed until spring, when conditions allow them to be reopened. No motorized travel is allowed on these roads during the closure.

These annual closures are put into effect for public safety and to preserve and mitigate damage to the roads. Many roads are constructed on soil types which easily damage in wet and freezing weather.

The closures also afford new recreational opportunities, such as snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Any of the free and open Yellow Post campsites along these roads remain available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but must be reached by foot or ski.

The roads which are closed for the winter season are:

Running Springs area/Snow Valley

1N96                   Keller Peak Road (Yellow Post Sites are open but, are walk-in only)
2N97                   Camp Creek TH

Green Valley Lake area

2N19                   Green Valley Lake and spur roads
2N13                   Snow Slide west end upper gate.

Southside Big Bear Lake

2N10                   West end Mill Creek gate and east end Country Club gate (Yellow Post Sites open, walk-in only)
2N08                   Knickerbocker (Yellow Post Sites open, walk-in only)
2N11                   Santa Ana Divide (Yellow Post Sites open, walk-in only)
2N06                   Radford Truck Trail (upper gates and lower gates)
1N54                   Clarks Grade (upper gates and lower gates)

Northside Big Bear Lake

3N09                   Van Dusen Canyon Rd. (upper and lower gates)
2N13                   Snow Slide (Fawnskin side)
2N13B                 Butler Peak
2N80                   Grout Bay Cutoff (interior gate)
2N70                   Gray’s Peak
2N68                   Old Snow Slide

Eastside Big Bear Lake

2N27                   Sand Canyon
2N93                   Sugarloaf (Hatchery Road) and (Heart Bar side)

Heart Bar area

1N01                    Onyx Summit
1N02                    Coon Creek
1N05                    Mission Springs