Aspen Mountain, Richmond Hill

Climb up Aspen Ski Area for gorgeous views and the option to visit Ashcroft Ghost Town.

Total Miles
21.6
Plan with onX Offroad

Elevation
3753.67

Duration
3 to 4

Technical Rating
4/10

Best Time
Summer/Fall

Trail Overview

Skip the gondola lines and enjoy a steep climb up the Aspen Ski Area in your off-road vehicle. Enjoy the views at the top and consider a ride along the remote Richmond Ridge. You will reach Ashcroft Ghost Town at the end of the ride. Unlicensed vehicles not allowed.

Difficulty

Moderate. Aspen Summer Road and the first part of Richmond Hill Road are easy, but steepness requires 4-wheel drive. The southern end of Richmond Hill Road, as you near Taylor Pass, is rocky and steep with possible muddy sections.

History

Like so many mountain towns in Colorado, Aspen started as a bustling silver-mining town in the 1880s. The first ski lift opened after World War II, and the ski area gradually developed into a three-mountain, world-class destination.

Access Description

Head east on Highway 82 (Main Street) all the way through Aspen to Original Street and turn right (south). Continue straight on Original Street at the 4-way stop where Highway 82 goes left (east). Keep going south past Durant and East Ute Street as the road narrows and enters what appears to be a driveway between condominiums. Bear right around back of building and make short climb to start of Aspen Summer Road. If gate is not open dueto temporary maintenance, you can reach top of mountain via Midnight Mine Road, shown on map.

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