Aspen Grove Trail 2E05

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

San Gorgonio Wilderness Boundary sign in the Aspen Grove in the autumn, San Bernardino Nat'l Forest

This trail offers quiet and the opportunity for the visitor to explore a small remnant grove of Quaking Aspens (Populus tremuloides), only found in one other location in California outside of the Sierra Nevada range. Quaking Aspens are particularly beautiful when they turn to gold in the fall (typically late September/early October).  For this reason, if you plan on hiking this trail on a weekend in the fall, wilderness permit reservations are recommended (see the link below).  This trail is in the Sand to Snow National Monument and within the San Gorgonio Wilderness and a wilderness permit is recommended (see below). 

At a Glance

Permit Info: Day use permits required beginning September 1, 2020
Restrictions: Group size limited to 12 people and 8 pack/riding animals per group.

No campfires allowed.  Portable gas stoves are allowed.

Camp on a durable surface at least 100 feet away from trails and water sources.  

Pack out what you pack in and Leave no Trace! 
Closest Towns: Big Bear City , Angelus Oaks
Information Center:
Big Bear Discovery Center
40971 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
Fawnskin, CA 92333
Call (909) 382-2790

General Information


Turn right (south) off Highway 38 about 6 miles east of the Barton Flats Visitor Center on Forest Service Road 1N02. Follow 1N02 until it forks right to 1N05. Go right up 1N05 (this is a rough un-maintained road not intended for low-slung autos) to the signed Aspen Grove Trail parking (7,400'), 2.6 miles in from Highway 38.  These roads close in the winter after the first significant snowfall.

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