Fish Creek Aspen Grove

Big Bear Lake, California

Fish Creek Aspen Grove Professional Review and Guide

"This short but rewarding hike leads through conifer forest on the northeastern edge of the San Gorgonio Wilderness to southern California’s largest grove of quaking aspen. The San Bernardino Mountains have by far the most diverse plant life in southern California.The fascinating collection of plants in this range includes almost everything from desert and coastal to alpine species.These mountains harbor the largest-known Joshua tree and lodgepole pine.They also support some rare species found nowhere else in southern California. In Holcomb Creek, for example, near long-abandoned beaver dams, lies an isolated stand of narrowleaf cottonwood, a Rocky Mountain species.And quaking aspens are found in two separate groves—one stands in upper Arrastre Creek, not far from the champion Joshua tree, and the other along the lower reaches of Fish Creek, on the northern boundary of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. This short stroll leads you to the aspens of Fish Creek, where the laughing stream and the shimmering leaves of aspens create a most peaceful and unique southern California setting. This walk is especially attractive after the first frosts of autumn, when the aspens wear a dramatic display of fall color, unequaled elsewhere in all of southern California’s mountains."

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Trail Information

Big Bear Lake
Nearby City
210 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
30 minutes
Best late May through mid-November
7,410 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,410 feet
Top Elevation
San Bernardino National Forest, San Gorgonio Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Moonridge
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018