Tag: Falls Day Use Area

Flood Watch Prompts Trail Closures

Forest Falls, CA, September 7, 2014 – As Tropical Storm Norbert moves northwest off the coast of Baja California this weekend, the National Weather Service is warning of widespread thunderstorms. The showers are forecast to start late Saturday night and continue through Monday night over Southern California.  Heavy precipitation could pose a significant risk for mountain communities in flash flood prone areas, bringing up to two inches of rain per hour. In response, forest officials are closing some popular recreation areas in the San Bernardino Mountains. Specifically, the following locations/trails near Forest Falls will be closed to all public use, from midnight Saturday September 6 through midnight Monday, September 8: • Falls Day Use Area • Momyer Trail 1E06 • Vivian Creek Trail 1E08 • Big Falls Trail 1E13 Forest visitors are reminded to NOT try to cross flowing water either on foot or in a vehicle, and to move immediately to higher ground when flash flooding is imminent. They are also encouraged to call the appropriate number before visiting 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)...

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Falls Day Use Area To Be Partially Closed For Reconstruction

San Bernardino, CA, August 24, 2012, 8:00am – The popular Falls Day Use Area in Forest Falls will be partially closed for about two months beginning September 4, while reconstruction work is completed. During reconstruction the bottom parking lot will be closed and the picnic loop will be closed Monday through Thursday as needed during reconstruction work.  The upper parking lot, which serves as the trailhead for the Vivian Creek Trail, will remain open. The Falls Day Use Area reconstruction project began last fall as part of a Forest Service National Infrastructure Improvement (CMII) program. The contract included improvements to access roads, parking areas, water systems, and accessibility.  A new entry station and picnic area host camp-site were also constructed. The final items to be completed are construction of a new restroom at the lower end of the site, finishing work at the restroom at the upper end, installation of picnic tables and pedestal BBQ grills in the picnic loop, and installation of a gate at the entrance. The Falls Day Use Area reconstruction project was selected as a national priority project, which is intended to address the Forest Service’s most critical health and safety infrastructure needs at areas heavily used by the public. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP31653.mp3|titles=Falls Day Use Area Reconstruction – Mike Evans...

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