Don't trash Southern California's mountains when going up to the snow (oh, and remember tire chains)

Keep mountains wonderful

State and local officials offer these tips to make trips into the mountains safe and clean:


Use designated snow play areas, parks or national forest recreational areas. Don’t play in snow in other people’s yards, private business property, roadsides or on roads.

Carry tire chains in all vehicles. If you don’t, you could face a citation or be forced by police to turn around.

When installing tire chains, park in a designated chain installation area, turnout or parking lot. Don’t block roadways, snow plows or emergency vehicles.

Leave no trace of your visit to the wilderness.

Clean up after yourself and your family.

Bring trash bags. Take all garbage and recyclables home to dispose of properly.

Use restrooms before traveling.

The Christmas weekend storm brought snow and bad manners to Southern California mountains.

With more snow expected this weekend, authorities are urging people to abide by laws when traveling in the San Bernardino, San Jacinto and San Gabriel mountains.

Winter visitors took home loads of snowy “White Christmas” memories over the past few days. But they left behind monstrous amounts of litter and traffic headaches from Wrightwood, Running Springs and Big Bear south to Idyllwild, said state and local officials at a press conference Wednesday in San Bernardino.

“Please don’t trash California,” John Bulinski, California Department of Transportation District 8 director, said at a bilingual rooftop press conference at…

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