Aspen Mountain and Richmond Hill Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Climb through the heart of beautiful Aspen Ski Area. At the summit of Aspen Mountain, have lunch at the Sundeck Restaurant with gondola-riding tourists or picnic at a separate picnic spot nearby. After lunch, escape the crowds with a backcountry drive along remote Richmond Ridge. Much of mountain top is private land so stay on main road at all times. Visit Historic Ashcroft Townsite at end of trip. Aspen Summer Road is sometimes temporarily closed for construction. If this should occur, you can still get to the top of Aspen Mountain via Midnight Mine Road. ATVs are allowed on entire route but Richmond Hill Road is better suited for unlicensed vehicles. ATV riders can walk into town from bottom of Aspen Summer Road. Do not ride on paved streets. Aspen Summer Road and the first part of Richmond Hill Road are easy although 4-wheel drive is needed because the road is steep in places. The southern end of Richmond Hill Road, as you near Taylor Pass, is rough and steep with possible mud holes. There is one quarter-mile section of high, narrow shelf road as you start down Express Creek Road from Taylor Pass. Overall, the trail is suitable for stock SUVs with high clearance and low-range gearing. Best to go with another vehicle."