End of school year marks the start of recreation season

The school year is nearly over, and the days are warmer and longer, making it a time to introduce or reintroduce the family to Cleveland National Forest.

“The forest is ready for the 2012 summer recreation season,” said Forest Supervisor Will Metz. “We encourage people to enjoy the outdoors while camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or a variety of other recreational activities on our forest.”

Forest officials encourage visitors to be aware of their surroundings and responsibilities when visiting the forest.

Know before you go

•Campfires are only permitted at developed sites in the designated fire rings in campgrounds and picnic areas. Outside of developed sites, only propane or gas cooking stoves are permitted. Call ahead to check on current fire restrictions.

•Campgrounds are popular for weekend getaways, so reserving early is sometimes the key to success. Campground reservations may be made at recreation.gov  or 1-877-444-6777. The following campgrounds are not open: Dripping Springs and Indian Flats Campgrounds on the Palomar Ranger District; Boulder Creek Campground on the Descanso Ranger District; and Supper San Juan Campground on the Trabuco Ranger District.

•Cedar Creek Falls access is limited to only the eastern trailhead along Eagle Peak Road. The trailhead at the end of Thornbush Road and the trails from this location remain closed.

If planning to hike to Cedar Creek Falls from the Eagle Peak access, be aware the trail is for advanced hikers, is an arduous trek, and is considered a difficult 3.5 mile-hike.  It is not recommended for families with children, for elderly people, or those who might be physically out of shape. Parking is limited and vehicles blocking county road access will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Alcohol possession and/or use are prohibited in this area. The cliffs surrounding Cedar Creek Falls are closed to jumping and diving. Swimming is allowed. Multiple law enforcement agencies will have officers patrolling and enforcing the rules.

For all other waterfalls, contact the ranger stations to find out about current conditions at these waterfalls.

•Recreation use fees: The Forest Adventure Pass must be displayed on a visitor’s parked vehicle when recreating in Standard Amenity Fee Areas and certain developed sites such as campgrounds and picnic areas. An online source of designated fee sites, areas, and fee information is available at fs.usda.gov/adventurepass.

•Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) users should call the ranger station to confirm their OHV plans and verify rules and regulations. OHV riding area maps are available on the Cleveland National Forest website.

For more information about the Cleveland National Forest, visit fs.usda.gov/cnf.

Related posts:

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  2. Forest service opens access to Cedar Creek Falls near Julian
  3. Meeting targets proposed wilderness
  4. Man airlifted from Cedar Creek area
  5. Plan for Cedar Creek proposes 75 permits per day

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Jun 7 2012. Filed under Country Living. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “End of school year marks the start of recreation season”

  1. Peter

    Anyone visiting the Cleveland National Forest is not required to purchase a Forest Service "Adventure Pass." Earlier this year, the 9th Circuit Court ordered Forest Service officials to stop charging HIRA access fees. The court told the Forest Service that they could charge for use of developed campgrounds, developed picnic areas and similar developed areas, but they could not charge somebody simply for being near (or far from) such a place. To circumvent the court’s ruling Forest Service officials in Washington DC have instituted a system whereby they no longer issue citations to those refusing to pay their illegal HIRA fees (because a citation can be challenged in court). Instead they have contrived something called a “Notice of Required Fee” or NRF. Because NRFs have no legal standing they don’t have to be paid and –especially important to the bureaucracy- they cannot be challenged in court. In doing this Forest Service officials are fully aware that most people will treat a NRF as a citation and pay what they’ve been duped into believing is a fine…for having done something which is neither wrong nor illegal.

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