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.
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Tailings from the Midnite Shaft from Little Annie Road with Mt. Hayden in the background.
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
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.
Normal Summer Season:
June through September
(NOTE: The road may be obstructed by snow in the Spring, Fall, and Winter months.)