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Major Road Closures 

Impact Visitor Access This Weekend 



 Forest color LOGO.jpg   February 15, 2019 San Bernardino, California____

Visitors to San Bernardino National Forest are urged to plan ahead before heading out this weekend. Damage from Winter’s resent storm, also titled Valentines Storm,   (Thursday February 14th) prompted the closure of several mountain arteries, as well as U.S. Forest Service roads. And more storms are predicted over the weekend with potential impacts. 

 Caltrans Layer Logo Reg14.jpg Damage to State Routes 18, 38, 74 and 243 has prompted Caltrans to close routes leading to the Idyllwild and Big Bear areas. Currently, Idyllwild and surrounding communities are inaccessible to non-residents and the only way into Big Bear Valley is via the backside of State Route 18 from Lucerne Valley in the Mojave Desert. However, Caltrans is scheduled to reopen Highway 38 Friday evening. 


 CALTRANS Quick.Jpg    As the situation is fluid, the public is urged to keep checking Caltrans’ Quickmap tool at: for new closings and any re-openings over the weekend and beyond.


The highway closures, if they remain, mean popular areas on the forest will be inaccessible, including the popular snow play area at Snow Valley along State Route 18, Bee Canyon, a popular target shooting and off-highway vehicle area off State Route 74 and Idyllwild-area trails into the San Jacinto Wilderness. 


Major closures to impact visitor access this weekend 


· 1N33 (leads to West End Gun Club)

· 1N34 (San Servaine)

· 2N56 (Sheep Cyn)

· 2N58 (Middle Fork)

· 2N79 (Penstock)

· 3N06 (Stockton Flats)

· 3N29 (off Lone Pine Cyn)

· 3N31Y (Upper Lytle Divide)

· 3N33 (Stockton Flats area)

· 1N34 (San Sevaine)

Despite the closures, the Lytle Creek Visitor Center will be open. 


In addition to the annual winter road closures, a few Forest Service roads in the San Bernardino Mountains have been impacted:

· 1N12 (leading to Thomas Hunting Grounds)

· 2N43 (Sawpit Canyon)

· 2N49 (Sugarpine Mountain)

· 3N14 (Coxey) 


The public is urged to use caution when on all Forest Roads, especially after storm events, as conditions may change.

More closures unrelated to the recent storm are listed on the San Bernardino National Forest Alerts & Notices webpage click here >