Earlier, I wrote about California foliage in Mono County, but this week the L.A. Times blog had a story about some fall color that’s a bit closer to home – an aspen grove near Big Bear.

I first heard about this place from Kolby, who’s spent a lot of time in the San Bernardinos over the years and really knows that place like the back of his hand. He hiked in the Aspen Grove for Hike #58 (not posted yet), and now the Times says the area hit peak foliage over the weekend, and should last for another week or two.

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The Times blog offers these directions to the Grove, noting some of the driving may be a bit difficult for low vehicles:

Directions: To get to Aspen Grove from Big Bear Lake take Big Bear Boulevard to Highway 38 east. Drive about 17 miles to Heartbar Campground. Look for the 7,000-foot elevation sign as a marker. About 100 yards after the elevation sign turn left at the entrance to Heartbar Campground Forest (Road 1N02). Follow 1N02 until it forks right to 1N05. Go right up 1N05 (this is the rough patch of forest road) to the signed Aspen Grove Trail parking, 2.6 miles in from Highway 38. After crossing the creek, take the trail to the left. After 1.5 miles, the trail joins the Fish Creek Trail (8,180-foot elevation).

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RJ from Rancho Oct 31, 2015 17:10In reply to: Kolby

This is not available since a recent fire roads are closed.

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Skyhiker Sep 27, 2011 18:09

Write up of my "non-hike" from last year: Aspen Grove.

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Fall Colors in California | Modern Hiker Sep 27, 2011 11:09

[...] and Icehouse Canyons are often good places to look in mid-October. There are a few picturesque aspen groves near Big Bear, too, but those of us really looking for fall colors will want to keep an eye on [...]

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Foliage in the Eastern Sierra | Modern Hiker Oct 11, 2010 08:10

[...] up to date foliage reports and trail suggestions. I haven’t heard any reports, but there is a beautiful aspen grove in the San Bernardinos as well if you don’t feel like driving too far [...]

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Kolby Nov 2, 2009 11:11

Random fact I learned this weekend: The aspen grove near Fish Creek is the southernmost quaking aspens (Populus tremuloides) found in the world.

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DSD Oct 27, 2009 14:10

Hi Casey,
Very beautiful!
I also posted some musings this week on 'Partners in Placings', and you are one of those I had in mind as I did so. Many thanks my Friend...
D

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LN Oct 26, 2009 08:10

I was up there this weekend, too. All the golden oak trees sprinkled amongst the pines was a lovely sight. I had been jonesing for the high country and since my favortie areas of Angeles Forest are either burned or closed, I thought I'd give this area a try. I was not disappointed. The San Bernardino Mountians are a nice alternative for those who crave some forest to hike in.

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A. Hiker Oct 24, 2009 20:10

Went there today, and it looks like it's all done forthe season. Just about all of the aspens had lost their leaves. Still a beautiful area, but don't makes trip just to see the aspens.

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Colorado Mountain Vacations » Blog Archive » Aspen Foliage Near Big Bear | Modern Hiker Oct 21, 2009 14:10

[...] Read the rest here: Aspen Foliage Near Big Bear | Modern Hiker [...]

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Giggleloop Oct 20, 2009 07:10

Those aspens are gorgeous! Makes me want to take a vacation to Colorado again (or any place with aspens, actually).

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