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Updated Lake Fire Closure Order

on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:59

Most of the trails in the San Gorgonio Wilderness will remain closed through July 2017 per the Forest Service. There is an exception for long-distance hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. The updated closure order may be found here: Closure Order

Santa Ana River Trail and PCT News

on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:05

SGWA crews in cooperation with the Forest Service have been working on the Santa Ana River Trail over the past few months. We're pleased to relay the information that portion of the trail south of the 38 and East Barton Flats is now open again. The trail was closed last July due to the Lake Fire.
We have also had crews on the closed portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. The Forest Service has determined the section from Whitewater to Onyx Summit is now open to long-distance hikers only. Equestrian use is not recommended.
The official Forest Service statement may be found here: News Release

Website Changes Coming July 25

on Sat, 07/16/2016 - 08:43

The host for this website is discontinuing service. We will be moving to a new provider on July 25 2016. There may be a brief interruption in service as the DNS propagates the new information. The website address will of course remain the same.

Permit Availability Calendar

on Sat, 07/02/2016 - 09:33

We are working on a calendar to show permit availability. This is still in the beta stage but we hope it will be helpful. It is NOT a real-time calendar - it will be updated at the end of each day when our volunteers are at the Mill Creek Ranger Station.  Find the calendar here:


on Sat, 07/02/2016 - 09:09

The fax machine at Mill Creek Ranger Station is back in operation. Forest Service policy requires that the temporary option to email permits must be removed.  In order for us to process your permit we once again request you fax or mail your permits. All info is available on the permit page:


on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 17:34

We have taken emergency procedures and are processing permits via email. This system is not perfect so please be patient while we work it out.


After processing your permit we will contact you as to the status of your request. Permits will take a few days as we process about 100 permits a day.
All permit details here:

GPS Disruption - Users Take Note

on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:17

The FAA has issued a NOTAM warning of widespread GPS outages starting Tuesday throughout the Southwest and especially southern California. China Lake Naval Weapons Center will be testing something that can disrupt GPS signals over a wide area.  The NOTAM goes on to say the tests will potentially knock out all GPS-reliant services including WAAS, GBAS, and ADS-B. Dates for the disruption are June 9, 21, 23, 28 and 30. For more information follow this link.

2016 Ranger Talks Start on May 28

on Sun, 05/22/2016 - 14:22

San Gorgonio Wilderness Association presents the 2016 Ranger Talk Programs beginning on Saturday, May 28th, with a presentation by Teddi Boston - "My Solo Through-Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail". Don't miss it! Free coffee or hot chocolate, and a photo op with our special guest Smokey Bear. The entire Ranger Talk schedule is posted on the Ranger Talks page.

Every Kid in a Park: Free for Fourth-Graders

on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:43

Did you know that every fourth-grader in the US can get free passes for themselves and their families to America’s National Parks and other public lands? That’s right, free! Educators can even get passes for a whole class of fourth-graders. Learn more at Every Kid in a Park.


SGWA Trail Crew to Work on the PCT

on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 19:38

SGWA trail crews, in cooperation with the Forest Service, will begin work on a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail south of Mission Spring on April 14th. This area was severely damaged during the Lake Fire in July 2015. Barring any unforeseen problems, the trail from Whitewater to Onyx Summit should be open to PCT hikers in a few weeks.