Aspen Grove Trail


Aspen Grove to Emerald Lake

The Aspen Grove Trail begins on the west side of the Theater-in-the-Pines picnic area parking, next to the BYU Aspen Grove Camp.  It begins with an easy mile of pavement to the first falls.  the trail is mostly moderate with a few short, steep sections and numerous switchbacks.  On the way, views to the east include Deer Creek, Heber and the eastern mountains.  Numerous wildflowers and small waterfalls are encountered along the way.  At approximately 4.3 miles, you reach the Hidden Lakes where you cross rocky, high alpine meadows to Emerald Lake.

At a Glance

Best Season: summer, fall

General Information


Access #1:  From I-15, take the Orem 800 North Exit 272.  Travel east on 800 North, Highway 52, to the mouth of Provo Canyon.  Take a left turn onto Highway 189, Provo Canyon Scenic Byway.  Then left onto Highway 92, Alpine Scenic Loop/Sundance turnoff to the North Fork of Provo Canyon.  This section of the road is narrow and winding which requires caution.

Access #2:  From I-15, take the American Fork/Alpine Exit 284 and turn east onto Highway 92.  this takes you through American Fork Canyon.  Continue on this road, making a right turn onto the South Fork.

General Notes:
  • Aspen Grove Trail is closed to horse travel.
  • Snow covers the trail until mid-summer causing extremely hazardous snow conditions in spring and early summer.  Sliding down the snowfield above Emerald Lake is dangerous and not recommended.



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  Area/Length : 
5.3 miles

  Elevation : 
6,861 feet - 10,800 feet