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Quick Facts

Little Annie Road

Average Time: 2 - 3 Hours Round Trip
Beginning Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,212 Feet (689.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,212 Feet (3495.0 Meters)
Length: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
USGS Maps: Hayden Peak, Aspen




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General Description

Tailings from the Midnite Shaft from Little Annie Road with Mt. Hayden in the background.
Copyright: Marshall Hall - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Tailings from the Midnite Shaft from Little Annie Road with Mt. Hayden in the background.
This road is fairly well maintained. It is used heavily by 4 WD's, especially on weekends. A loop ride can be made by going up Little Annie Road and down Midnight Mine Road, or a longer trip down Summer Road. This is a very scenic ride with great views of Mount Hayden and the Castle Creek Valley.

The road climbs gradually, with several private drives along the first few miles, please stay on the main road. The road becomes steeper and climbs to the intersection with Midnight Mine Road in a little over 3 miles. Stay straight to continue to the top of Aspen Mountain (see the Midnight Mine description). To access Richmond Ridge with a spectacular view overlooking Little Annie Basin, bear right and climb steadily to the ridge with two switchbacks. Keep straight at the intersection with Richmond Hill Road. A short distance later, take a sharp right onto the final stretch of road that accesses a knoll and the end of the road. A clump of wind twisted Englemann Spruce trees makes a nice shelter and a great place to enjoy the views and have a quick bite to eat.

Directions from Aspen: Travel west from Aspen 1/2 mile on Highway 82. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Travel 7 miles to Little Annie Road on the left. There is a small parking area on the right.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Summer Season: June through September (NOTE: The road may be obstructed by snow in the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.) .



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


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Little Annie Four-Wheel Drive Road
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Little Annie Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Little Annie Road
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Little Annie Improved Road
Yes



Related Activities
Castle Creek Road - This drive is one of the most enjoyable drives in the Aspen area. The paved road follows Castle Creek 13 miles up the valley.



More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445

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Local Lodging

Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel
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