If you're heading to Taylor Park Reservoir from Aspen, this is the shortest route with beautiful views at Taylor Pass. Several other trails connect up with this trail. Unlicensed vehicles can ride in reverse, from the Taylor Park side, but must stop at the pass. Beautiful campsites available at Taylor Lake and Taylor River Road.
In the 1880s, Ashcroft was a major supply center for mining in the Aspen area. The road over Taylor Pass provided a way for stagecoaches and freight to come in from Buena Vista and Taylor Park. This road was quickly abandoned, however, as Aspen became the more important mining center and a new road was built over Independence Pass. Ashcroft’s fate was sealed when railroads began serving Aspen in the late 1880s.
From Aspen: From the roundabout on Hwy. 82 west of Aspen, head south on paved Castle Creek Road, F.S. 102, about 11 miles and turn left on Express Creek Road just before Ashcroft Ghost Town. From Crested Butte: First drive Pearl Pass, Trail #32. Head north on Castle Creek Road about 2 miles and turn right on Express Creek Road. From Taylor Park Reservoir: Head northwest on Taylor River Road, F.S. 742, about 12 miles to Waypoint 04 and drive trail in reverse.