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Trail: Richmond Hill Road #123
Region: Castle Creek Valley
Difficulty: difficult
Description: These directions are from the top of Aspen Mountain. If starting from Taylor Pass, please follow the directions in reverse. Travel east behind the gondola onto the Richmond Hill Road heading south. The road begins with rolling hills. In about 1 1/4 miles there is a fork at the bottom of a steep hill; bear left until reaching a long downhill slope with some steep sections at approximately the 4 1/2 mile mark, which ends with a steep uphill. The last section of the road switchbacks up, then descends to the top of Taylor Pass. You can take Express Creek Road to Castle Creek Road and return to Aspen.
Directions: Travel 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 to the roundabout. Go around the roundabout and turn right onto Castle Creek Road. Then there are 3 options to access this route: 1) Express Creek Road: Drive 11 miles to the intersection with Express Creek Road (look for the road sign). Follow this route about 5 1/2 miles to Taylor Pass. 2) Little Annie Road: Drive approximately 7 miles to Little Annie Road (look for the road sign) on the left. Follow this route about 4 1/2 miles up the back side of Aspen Mountain. 3) Midnight Mine Road: Drive approximately 2 1/2 miles to Midnight Mine Road (look for the road sign) on the left. Follow this road about 5 1/2 miles up the back side of Aspen Mountain.
Map: Hayden Peak, Aspen


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