Spruce Grove Campground Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews
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Spruce Grove Campground Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sierra Madre, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1778 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was beautiful it’s almost completely shaded. I went during the week of the fires so I only saw one group of bikers and 2 hikers. Very relaxing and easy .. the only hard part was that .6 hike up to the parking lot area. We had lunch at the campground which we missed because it didn’t look like a campground .. it’s a group of scattered cabins and some picnic tables. I will do this one again.

2 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike. Because it was really hot this one is great since it's all shaded.
We did almost 9 miles (but we walked off the path for a little while, not that smart). We saw a lot, really a lot, of squirrels and a woodpecker.
From the parking lot the first start of the trail is downwards. So since this is an out and back trail you need to do this upwards at your end of the trail. But after all, this last part was easier than we thought it would be.

We will do this one again some time.

hiking
4 months ago

Hike was difficult, but i am a beginning hiker. Get there before 7 am for good parking, lots of bugs so bring mosquito net and bug spray. Lots of shade, was originally trying to hike up to the observatory but turned back early.

backpacking
5 months ago

Great trail. Lots of shade and very pretty. Last half to the camp was the hardest. We filtered all our water and streams were accessible at numerous spots. Camp ground itself has about 7 developed sites. We picked a makeshift one that was off the trail a bit more. Deer came into the camp site/ground a couple times.
Were were surprised that we didn't really hear any animals around at night. However the next day we hiked back down the mt Zion trail and while we were taking a break at hogees camp we encounter a young looking bear. Little too close for comfort and we knew it was possible but i definitely was going at a faster pace after that!
Parking as all say is challenging. We got there on a Saturday at about 1130-12 and took about 15 minutes circling the lot but we scored a spot.

5 months ago

What a beautiful place! On a Monday the parking lot filled up by 7:30. Come earlier than 7 to claim a spot! Adventure pass required.

From the parking lot I traced 8 miles in and out. There's many points of interest on this trail. Many small cascades, overlooks, and creek that follows you most of the way through. The terrain will morph back and forth and makes for a great workout. This mapping guides you to Sturtevant Falls as well. Mid summer season it is down to almost a dribble, but still pretty!

My biggest problem are the insects and with it goes one star. Bug repellent barely works. Brings a handkerchief or something else to cover your face. They try to get into all available orifices!!

6 months ago

Hiked this trail in early July. Many portions are shaded and filled with lush vegetation, so it wasn't too hot. Beautiful waterfall and Creek running along much of the trail up to the Spruce Grove Campgrounds. Parking is terrible so arrive early. Adventure pass is required to park. Be sure to bring bug repellant because the mosquitos are relentless!!!

backpacking
7 months ago

These trails are the prettiest in the L.A. National Forrest. However, they are also home to some of the thickest swarms of gnats, biting flies and mosquitoes I've experienced in California. DEET will NOT protect you. Long sleeves , gloves, pants and head nets if you plan on going to the summit. Spent one night at Spruce Grove campground, left peppered with dozens of very itchy bites.

8 months ago

love this campground just make sure and get in early it's a popular place. oh yeah and hang a bear bag

9 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking, must see, must do, Spruce canyon hike.
These pictures do not do it justice.
I'll definitely do it again. There are other trails we can too.
Almost 7 miles and 3 1/2 hours. We could have added another 3 miles, but he had to get back. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous. There were parts that were very narrow and at one point walking sideways on a rock. The creek ran along side the whole trail, so you can listen to the water the whole way through. I was in awe of all the beauty of this trail.

9 months ago

Go early on a weekday before 9am to have the trail to yourself

9 months ago

Beautiful water running stream the whole way.. great workout

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing! This hike was breathtaking! Raging creek and waterfalls right next to the trail the entire hike! Definitely coming back for many more adventures on this trail! Where this trail is located you can literally spend all day hiking on all the numerous trails that connect together. Outhouse toilets are awful though, you are better off popping a squat somewhere seriously! Dont forget your adventure pass for parking because you will get fined if you don't have it.

backpacking
11 months ago

Nice little trail. Very crowded at the beginning, but once you get past the falls, the crowds drops off drastically. A lot of running water at Spruce Grove this time of year. Very shaded. Good place to do an overnight. Camp fires are permitted and there are also stoves at select spots. Pit toilets are pretty bad. I would rather dig a cat hole than use one anyways like regular backpacking.

11 months ago

Nice and easy trail to the water fall

hiking
Monday, December 26, 2016

Great walk!

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Previous comments about restrooms and parking are accurate! On a Labor Day weekend Saturday we had to park nearly a mile downhill from Chantry Flats. And beware, you need a parking permit anywhere on that highway. $100 fine. Otherwise a beautiful hike in a shady canyon. That half mile you walk down from Chantry is a killer on the way back out.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Definitely a great hiking ground, but parking is extremely horrible. Sceneries are great and I love the waterfall.

camping
Monday, November 09, 2015

Great trail! Well kept.
Yeah the toilets are pretty bad, but at least they're enclosed and had toilet paper in them.
Get there early to get a campsite.

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

is a nice trail, a lot of mosquitoes, just be sure , if you have a dog protected,is .rough for they pal.lot of water, no water on the river .enjoy it.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Parking lot is horrible! If you're lucky enough to get a space, the pass is $5. The trail was highly traveled! Lots of dogs and families, too. Great views and waterfall is well worth the hike!

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