The Forest Service reopened the Aspen Grove Trail in August 2018, however Forest Road 1N05 remains closed due to logging activity. The trail is open but not accessible from 1N05. You must hike into the area to access it.
Turn right (south) off Highway 38 about 6 miles past 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 unmaintained road not intended for low-slung vehicles) to the signed Aspen Grove Trail parking (7,400′), 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′).
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 outside of the Sierra Nevada range.
The area was hit hard by the Lake Fire in July of 2015. Aspens grow quickly and the root system has remained, so in time the grove should recover.