Day hikers will need permits for popular peaks in San Bernardino National Forest

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The San Gorgonio Wilderness is shown in an undated photo. (Mary Forgione / Los Angeles Times)

The San Gorgonio Wilderness is shown in an undated photo. (Mary Forgione / Los Angeles Times)

Heads up, hikers: You’ll soon need day-use permits for trails leading to popular high-elevation peaks in the San Bernardino National Forest. Starting Sept. 1, the number of hikers in the San Gorgonio, San Jacinto and parts of the Cucamonga wilderness areas will be limited to avoid overcrowding at trailhead parking lots and trail damage, a recent forest news release said.

“A key characteristic of wilderness is experiencing solitude,” forest supervisor Jody Noiron said in a statement. “We have lost that on many of our wilderness trails and sorely need a place for it in busy metropolitan Southern California.”

Permits are free, but you need to get one before you go. They will be available up to 90 days in advance of your scheduled hike date. Here’s the tricky part: Many ranger stations are closed because of the pandemic, so you’ll need to call ahead (even if you have to leave a message) to reserve.

San Gorgonio Wilderness has been closed temporarily through Sept. 1 because of the aftermath of the Apple fire. You can reserve a spot online with the San Gorgonio Wilderness Assn. at sgwa.org or contact the Mill Creek Visitor Center at (909) 382-2882.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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