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Lincoln Creek Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,785 Feet (3050.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,215 Feet (378.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters)
Length: 11 Miles (18.33 Kilometers) one way
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 127 Aspen, Independence Pass
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 106
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Independence, New York Peak


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General Description

Lincoln Creek, along Lincoln Creek Four Wheel Drive Road
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Lincoln Creek, along Lincoln Creek Four Wheel Drive Road
The road crosses a bridge and heads downhill past Lincoln Gulch campground. The road rolls up and down with some steep uphill sections that levels out on top. The road follows Lincoln Creek with an uphill/downhill pattern to Grizzly Reservoir at the 6 mile mark. To continue to the ghost town of Ruby, stay on the main road which curves to the southeast of the reservoir and past Portal Campground. The road climbs easily to the ruins of an old mining cabin at the 9 mile mark. The road forks another 1/2 mile, take the left fork. The ghost town of Ruby is a short distance before the road ends.

Directions from Aspen: Access to Lincoln Creek Road is located 11 miles Southeast of the community of Aspen on Highway 82, and then 1.2 miles on Lincoln Creek Road within a grove of aspen trees.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Summer Season: June through September (NOTE: The road may be very muddy with some snow in Early June.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche conditions and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:45:00.0


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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It was the best of the trails that I Rode near aspen. The creek make some very beautiful shut ins about 3 mile up the road from the independence pass road.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very scenic at the top, especially if you hike back towards Petroleum Lake. Fishing Lincoln creek above Grizzly Res. is worthless due to the waters being poluted by the remenants of the mines in Ruby. However, hike any of the peaks and you'll be happy you did! The view is spectacular. Look to the north and you'll see the Mount of the Holy Cross.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Lincoln Creek Road
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Lincoln Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Lincoln Creek Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Lincoln Creek Road
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Lincoln Creek Road
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Lincoln Creek Road
Yes



Related Activities
Independence Pass Area - The Independence Pass Area is located east of Aspen and offers a high concentration of attractions in a scenic alpine setting. The pass is closed in winter to vehicular traffic with the exception of snowmobiles.

Portal Campground - Portal Campground is located east of Aspen on Lincoln Creek Road at Grizzly Reservoir. Campers can access some wonderful day hikes from this location as well as terrain for motorcycle and ATV riding, mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 425 Rio Grande Pl. , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1940

Hickory House, 730 W. Main St. , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-2313

Annabelle Inn, 232 W. Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-266-2466, Fax: 970-925-3328, info@annabelleinn.com

Aspen Alps, 700 Ute Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-711-0522, Fax: 970-920-2522

Aspen Meadows Resort, 845 Meadows Road , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 800-452-4240 or 800-452-4240

Aspen Mountain Lodge, 311 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-7650 or 800-362-7736, Fax: 970-925-5744, aml@aspenmountainlodge.com

Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, 617 East Cooper Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1000 or 800-470-0530

Hotel Aspen, 110 Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 888-738-8492, info@hotelaspen.com

Hotel Durant, 122 East Durant , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-438-7268 or 970-925-8500, Fax: 970-925-8789

Hotel Jerome, 330 East Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-916-5430 , Fax: 970-920-2050, jerome.info@aubergeresorts.com

Independence Square Hotel/Frias Properties, 404 S. Galena Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 800-542-7736, Fax: 970-925-2006

Inn at Aspen/Aspen Administrative Office, 38750 Highway 82 , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1500 or 844-997-8727, aspeninfo@wynvr.com

Limelight Hotel, 355 S. Monarch Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 855-925-3025 or 970-925-3025, Fax: 970-925-5120, info@limelighthotel.com

Molly Gibson Lodge, 101 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3434 or 888-271-2304, Fax: 970-925-2582, info@mollygibson.com

Mountain Chalet Aspen, 333 East Durant Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-7797, Fax: 888-925-7798, res@mca.travel

Residence Hotel, 305 S Galena St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-315-2977, reservations@aspenresidence.com

Residences at the Little Nell, 675 E. Durant Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 855-420-9009 or (970) 920-4600, STAY@THELITTLENELL.COM

Sky Hotel, 709 E. Durant Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-6760 or 800-882-2582, Fax: 970-925-6778

Snow Queen Lodge, 124 E. Cooper Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81623, Phone: 970-925-8455, Fax: 970-925-7391, sqlodge@rof.net

St. Moritz Lodge & Condominiums , 334 W. Hyman Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3220 or 800-817-2069, Fax: 970-920-4032, info@stmoritzlodge.com

The Crestwood Condominiums, 400 Wood Road , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-2450 or 800-356-5949, res@thecrestwood.com

The Gant, 610 S W End Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-5000, Fax: 970-925-6891

The Innsbruck, 233 W. Main St. , Aspen, colorado, 81611, Phone: 866-925-2980

The Little Nell Hotel, 675 E. Durant Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-920-4600, Concierge@thelittlenell.com

Tyrolean Lodge, 200 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-4595 or 888-220-3809, Fax: 970-925-4598, stay@tyroleanlodge.com

Asie, 413 Main St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81623, Phone: 970-920-9988

Brexi Brasserie, 411 S. Monarch St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-2838, Fax: 970-429-4348

Gwyn's High Alpine Restaurant, P.O. Box 6400 , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-5188

Grateful Deli, 223 E. Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-6647

New York Pizza, 409 E. Hyman Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-920-3088

Sam's Smokehouse, On Mountain , Snowmass Mountain, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-8686

Stew Pot, 62 Elbert Lane , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-2263

Taster's Aspen, 455 Rio Grande Pl , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1952

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