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Aspen Grove Trail

EASY 25 reviews

Aspen Grove Trail 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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 636 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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nature trips

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bird watching

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river

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Please note: users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting. 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, in advance, through the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association's website (sgwa.org), or at the Mill Creek Visitor Center on Highway 38, approximately 28 miles down in Mentone. Contact the Mill Creek Visitor Center at (909) 382-2802 for more information.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to see the Aspen Grove, which is recovering from the Lake fire. Trail is well defined and easy to follow. Trail joins up with Fish Creek trail that leads to the San Gorgonio summit or to Dry Lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice quiet trail. Road is rough to get there, so I recommend an suv or truck to get up there. Lots of new growth amongst the burnt trees which is actually kind of pretty.

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no shade
2 months ago

I loved this hike before the lake fire. The aspens are starting to come back but are only a shadow of their former glory. The trees are about 6 - 10 feet tall, but look more like large shrubs that trees. It is hunting season right now and there were a lot of hunters on the road and trails.

hiking
2 months ago

First a few things. The map on AllTrails is slightly off, my recording follows the actual Aspen Grove Trail, the map seems to follow the stream itself. This is a burn area so the tall pine trees are blackened, and definitely wear long pants to brush off the thorns and rose bushes. Some parts are muddy and there are several easy stream crossings. This trail is now part of Sand to Snow National Monument, and crosses into San Gorgonio Wilderness. The trail crosses the stream and turns left into the Aspen Grove. These young aspens are beautiful colors in October like fireworks contrasted with the black pine trees. I would recommend the first half mile of this to anyone. Once you are past half a mile there are little to no aspens, the trail at that point is more about connecting to the Fish Creek trail. There is plenty of fast moving water even in October this year. Some bugs but not too bad at all. Lots of birds, and lizards as well. Nice quiet walk along a murmuring stream when the mood strikes you. It was noticeably warmer than Big Bear be forewarned, and enjoy.

hiking
2 months ago

We went out today through the Aspen Grove and up to the intersection with Fish Creek Trail. You can now drive right to the trailhead. The aspen are immature and about 25% yellow and beginning fall foliage. I think in about a week or two they will peak and this will be a visual treat. Either way this is a nice walk through a burned area and not heavily used. You might consider gaiters or at least long pants due to buckthorn and roses along the way. Next time we are considering making a left at Fish Creek Trail next time and making a loop along the forest road to see if there are any views up on the ridge top.

hiking
3 months ago

The road is still closed at forest rd 1N05 but you can park by the gate and hike the 1.3 miles to the Aspen Grove trail head. The Aspen's are doing great. 8-10 feet high with no competition for sun light. Growing back very thick. I will be back in the fall for sure. Very nice hiking back in there. Wear pants the trail is a little overgrown from lack of use.

ohv/off road driving
Sun May 20 2018

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.

hiking
Wed Oct 25 2017

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

hiking
Sat Nov 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.

hiking
Sun 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.

hiking
Wed Sep 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.

hiking
Thu Oct 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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