NOTE – this area is in the burn area of the Lake Fire 2015, and access road 1N05 is closed until December of 2018.
Trail Name: Aspen Grove
Forest Service Designation: 2E05
Total Distance: 1.85 miles one way
Overview: Trail that takes you to a grove of Aspen Trees.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
Activities: Hiking and Horses. Bikes are not permitted in Wilderness Areas.
Trail Type: 100% singletrack.
Description: A trail that takes you across Fish Creek and into a quiet and serene grove of Aspen Trees. Found in only one other area of California outside of the Sierra Nevada, these trees are gorgeous in the summer and breathtaking in the fall. While the Aspen Grove itself is only 1/4 mile of the way into the trail, and is itself awfully beautiful, the real icing is 1.8 miles up the trail. Here a large, grassy meadow appears on the left and is a perfect spot for a picnic lunch and a peaceful afternoon. Push just a bit past the meadow and you’ve reached the end of the trail and the entire Aspen Grove Trail is officially under your belt. Now it’s time to turn around and head back down. One of the great things about this trail is that you follow Fish Creek the entire way; you cross it several times and hear it bouncing down the valley right next to you the entire time. This is a wilderness area, and you will need a free permit. Contact the SBNFA Discovery Center for details.
Possible Loops / Variations: Consider making a loop by hiking all the way out to the Fish Creek Parking Area and then walking back on the Forest Road 1N05. If you do this loop you can also hop on a section of the Pacific Crest Trail and bypass part of the dirt road.
Trailhead and Parking: Park at the Aspen Grove Parking Area a little ways up Forest Road 1N05. If you have a low slung automobile consider parking at a pull out and hiking the 3/4 of a mile up to the trailhead. Another option is to hike west a short bit on the Santa Ana River Trail (2E03) and keep your eye out for a left spur marked with a trail sign for Aspen Grove.
Trail Etiquette: Always be courteous to other trail users. All users yield to equestrians, with cyclists also yielding to hikers. Travel only at safe speeds, and stay on designated trails to protect our fragile mountain environment.
For Your Safety: Notify someone of your planned route and estimated time of return. Outdoor activities can be dangerous; use caution at all times and be prepared with water, food, and adequate equipment and knowledge. The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation provides this description as a courtesy, and does not guarantee the accuracy of the information. You accept all responsibility for your outdoor activities.
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