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Adventure Pass Fees Waived Saturday for San Bernardino National Forest

The parking passes will not be required June 9 for all areas, including High Impact Recreation Areas or day-use sites, according to the Forest Service.

Adventure Pass parking permits will not be required this Saturday in all areas of the San Bernardino National Forest, a spokesman announced Wednesday.

"This Saturday marks National Get Outdoors Day, a great way to connect communities with public lands all over the country," acting Forest Recreation Officer Al Colby said in a statement. "This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and appreciate the open spaces and enjoy healthy recreation on the forest."

Also Saturday, on roads that access many forest attractions, members of the Orange County Wheelmen bicyle club are planning their 28th Annual 100-mile "." They start Saturday morning in Redlands.

Caltrans issued an advisory Wednesday that included route info from Redlands to SR330, SR 18, Big Bear Dam, Fawnskin, Big Bear City, and SR 38 back to Redlands.

"The riders are expected to be off SR 38 by approximately 4:00 p.m.," the Caltrans advisory stated.

Forest Service "Fee Free" days this year are:

  • National Get Outdoors Day - June 9
  • National Public Lands Day - September 29
  • Veterans Day weekend - November 10-12

"Visitors who inadvertently commit a Daily Adventure Pass on 'fee free' days can have it replaced free-of-charge," forest officials said. "Forest visitors are reminded that even though the Adventure Pass fee will be waived, other fees such as campground, reservation and group site fees may still be applicable."

For more information about the National Forest Adventure Pass program, visit www.fs.usda.gov/adventurepass.

The San Bernardino National Forest covers more than 1,000 square miles, four mountain ranges and two Southern California counties.

Visitors can call ahead and check local conditions and restrictions at the following offices and ranger stations:

San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor’s Office

602 S. Tippecanoe Ave.,  San Bernardino (909) 382-2600

Lytle Creek Ranger Station

1209 Lytle Creek Road, Lytle Creek (909) 382-2851

Arrowhead Ranger Station

28104 State Highway 18, Skyforest (909) 382-2782

Big Bear Ranger Station and Discovery Center

41397 North Shore Drive / Highway 38, Fawnskin (909) 382-2790

Mill Creek Ranger Station

34701 Mill Creek Road, Mentone (909) 382-2881

Idyllwild Ranger Station

54270 Pine Crest, Idyllwild (909) 382-2922

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center

51500 Highway 74 Palm Desert (760) 862-9984

Peter Wiechers June 07, 2012 at 01:53 PM
What the US Forest Service Does Not Want You To Know Anyone visiting the Angeles National Forest, or any other "Adventure Pass" forest, may like to know that they do not have to pay "Adventure Pass" fees. Earlier this year, the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco ordered Forest Service officials to stop charging public lands access fees. The court told the agency 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 and they definitley could not charge somebody for simply parking and taking a hike. 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 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.
Inside Informer June 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Peter, I appreciate you posting this information. As someone who enjoys the outdoor and our natural resources, I've always been torn on the Adventure Pass Fee. Fundamentally, I'm against such fees because I feel like I already pay for the use as a US Tax Payer. I did take some solace in the fact that the fee money (so they say) stayed in-house for the parks. However what really bothered me was the policy that if you so much as stopped when passing through, you were liable for the fee. I'll gladly pay to camp, but don't rob me to pass through and enjoy our parks.
ATC June 07, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I, too, have always been bothered by the idea that I must pay an additional $5 just to park along the road and go for a hike in the forest, when my tax dollars are already supporting them. The idea that it "stays in house" is just a wish. For decades, the Off-road community has been paying into a special fund strictly for Off-road facilities development & maintenance. Instead, the state legislature has routinely raided those funds, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars over the years, to plug holes in the budget and for other things having nothing to do with off-roading. Not a dime of it has ever been paid back, and the state legislaters are continuing, even now, to try to take even more. Why would the "Adventure Pass" money be any different? If it hasn't been raided yet by our corrupt politicians, rest assurred that it eventually will be.

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