Aspen Grove Trail [CLOSED]

EASY 11 reviews

Aspen Grove Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forest Falls, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles
636 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips





wild flowers


Aspen Trees, Stream Crossings, Lush Green Pines, Wilderness Solitude A hike along the Aspen Grove Trail in the San Gorgonio Wilderness is almost guaranteed to cure just about any ill...streaming water, lush green conifers and lovely stands of aspen trees (rarely seen in Southern California), along with an uphill climb amidst summer wildflowers and verdant ferns await the weary and forlorn hiker escaping the cement jungle of Southern California suburbia. Silence (disturbed only by the mosquitoes along the creek in June and July-bring an appropriate line of defense) is also a cherished feature of a hike along this trail. The Aspen Grove Trail can be taken to its end to intersect with the Fish Creek Trail, one of the main routes used to access several paths leading to the summit of San Gorgonio Mountain, the highest point in California south of the Sierra Nevadas. A free permit is required for all wilderness trails, and can be obtained at the Barton Flats Ranger Station on Hwy 38 six miles west from the Heart Bar Campground.

off road driving
3 months ago

May 2018 Drove by fire ravaged Aspen Grove top turnout. Area closed. Can see some Aspen shoots coming up at creek. Maybe 4' tall. Drove to Fish Creek and the corrals and spring survived the fire. Area beyond San G sign closed as well as trail that heads back down to Aspen Grove. Area won't be close to the same for decades (really a century.) Many burned trees seemingly marked for removal. Looked like they cleared a swath along the PCT for safety and it was open.

9 months ago

TRAIL CLOSED AT THE FISH CREEK TURNOFF (I’m here 10/25/17) still due área recovery from the lake fire.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

nice hike but closed due to recent fire. all the Aspen, pine, and everything besides low level foliage was destroyed by fire. I want to return in late spring early summer and check out again. Remember road closed so you'll need to add a few miles to walk in.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Love the beauty and solitude of this hike. Required permits prevent overuse and help preserve the quiet and solitude. There is 2 miles of gravel dirt road to the trailhead, with a few washes and rocks ready to tear out the underbelly of a low clearance vehicle. We did fine with a Toyota Matrix and plenty experience with roads like these. We hiked to the end of Aspen Grove trail, which junctions at Fish Creek trail. There's a beautiful meadow here and a peaceful spot to have lunch.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

This is my new favorite trail for beauty and solitude. I really felt like I was in the Sierras. I would rate it as easy because of the minimal elevation gain and not a terribly rocky trail. I only went as far as Fish Creek, but plan to go back often and explore more. I usually hike with speed and intensity for exercise, but here I will take the time to absorb the beauty.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

We went on the Aspen Grove Trail in October. The Aspens were beautiful and the leaves were yellow in color! We took our dogs with us and they loved it. The drive up was a little rough at the end so we had to hike a little to the trail head. From the actual trail head the grove was only 0.8 miles. We hiked passed the grove to the Fish Creek Junction and that was a good hike. About 2 and a 1/2 miles to the Fish Creek Junction from the Aspen Grove Tail head.

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