U.S. Forest Service – SBNF/Advice On Road and Snowplay Safety and Trespassing

SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST: So you may have heard it snowed this week! And more is on the way. Before you head up, some logistical notes to make your visit much more enjoyable:

1. Traffic becomes extremely congested after snowfall. Everyone wants to play, be that skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, etc. If you can, consider arriving early or visiting on a weekday or be prepared for sometimes hours-long delays.

2. Chains! There’s no need to ask if chains are needed. You need them in your vehicle. Conditions change and chain control checkpoints by Caltrans District 8 come and go. Even when there is no snow in the forecast, roads can ice up overnight.

3. Heavy snowfall can limit parking availability. Only park where it is legal. Law enforcement is taking a stance, writing citations and towing vehicles when need be. Illegally parked vehicles in snow play areas have been causing major traffic issues. And don’t forget to display a recreation pass if you’re in a fee area. Adventure Day Passes are available for $5 at many stores around the mountains.

4. Please respect private property. Do not play in someone’s yard or block their driveway (or light up their grill!).

5. It should go without saying, place all trash in dumpsters. If none are available or there is no more room, take it home with you.

6. Whenever you do visit, we hope you enjoy and be safe!

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