U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest
Forest Trails and Picnic Area near Forest Falls Closed Sunday and Monday
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., September 5, 2014 – Anticipated heavy rainfall and potential flash floods have prompted Forest officials to close popular recreation areas near the Forest Falls community Sunday and Monday.
The National Weather Service has forecast widespread showers and thunderstorms starting late Saturday night through Monday night over Southern California. The storms could pose a significant risk for mountain communities in flashflood prone areas, bringing up to two inches of rain per hour. The storms are a result of Tropical Storm Norbert which is predicted to move northwest off the coast of Baja California through this weekend.
The Forest Service is closing the following locations/trails near Forest Falls to all public use. The temporary closure will be in effect from Midnight Saturday September 6, 2014 through Midnight Monday September 8, 2014:
Falls Day Use Area
Momyer Trail 1E06
Vivian Creek Trail 1E08
Big Falls Trail 1E13
Always be prepared for a sudden change in conditions. When flash flooding is imminent, move immediately to higher ground. Never attempt to cross flowing water either on foot or in a vehicle.
Forest visitors are encouraged to call ahead to check on location conditions and restrictions:
Big Bear Discovery Center (909) 382-2790
Idyllwild Ranger Station (909) 382-2922
Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 382-2851
Mill Creek Visitor Center (909) 382-2881
Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center (760) 862-9984
For the latest Road Conditions - 1-800-427-7623 or http://www.dot.ca.gov/