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Richmond Hill Road

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 716 Feet (223.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,928 Feet (3718.2 Meters)
Length: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers) one way
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 123
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Hayden Peak, Aspen


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The mountainous terrain of the White River National Forest provides access to some of the best backcountry skiing in the United States
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The mountainous terrain of the White River National Forest provides access to some of the best backcountry skiing in the United States
Richmond Hill extends from the top of Aspen Mountain to the south, forming the eastern ridge of the Castle Creek Valley. From this vantage point users have a great view of Hayden Peak, the Maroon Bells, Pyramid Peak, Independence Pass, and many of the surrounding mountains in the Aspen area. Most skiers ski Richmond Hill as a day tour, riding the Silver Queen Gondola up Aspen Mountain to get to the start of the tour. This route is also used by back country skiers to get some of the huts in the Braun hut system. Since the whole route is above 11,000 feet, cold and windy weather can make this trip miserable, and the visibility can also be quite bad at times. In good weather, however, Richmond hill gives the best overall views of the mountains of any cross country ski trails in this part of the state. The snow also holds up well here because of the high elevation. The trails are packed by Snowcats and snowmobiles, and there has occasionally been talk of also setting tracks on this route. You have your choice of skiing the packed trails, or going off into the untracked snow alongside. The route follows the ridge, so keeping this in mind, it's hard to get lost. The first part is a gradual uphill. Some of the route is in the open with scattered trees while other parts go through the trees. To the right you will be looking across the Castle Creek and Maroon Creek valleys. Farther off to the west Mt. Sopris dominates the skyline. To the south you will be looking toward Crested Butte, and to the left up the Roaring Fork Valley toward Independence Pass, the Sawatch Range, and the Collegiate Peaks, Behind you to the north is Aspen, the Williams Range, Hunter Valley, Red and Smuggler Mountains. This is all fantastic scenery, to say the least.

Directions from Aspen: There are 4 options for accessing Richmond Hill Road: Express Creek Road: Go west on Highway 82 from Aspen 1/2 mile. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Drive 11 miles to the intersection with Express Creek Road (signed). Follow this route about 5 1/2 miles to Taylor Pass. Little Annie Road: Go west on Highway 82 from Aspen 1/2 mile. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Drive approximately 6 1/2 miles to Little Annie Road (usually signed) on the left. Follow this route about 4 1/2 miles up the back side of Aspen Mountain. Midnight Mine Road: Go west on Highway 82 from Aspen 1/2 mile. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Drive approximately 2 1/2 miles to Midnight Mine Road (usually signed) on the left. Follow this road about 5 1/2 miles up the back side of Aspen Mountain. Summer Road: From downtown Aspen, proceed on Durant Avenue east to Original Street and turn South. Follow Original about 1/8 mile, keep straight on the paved road as it curves behind 777 Ute. Take the dirt road up the mountain about 3 miles. (note: Summer Road is closed to public motorized vehicle access.)



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 Backcountry Traveling This route is also used by back country skiers to get some of the huts in the Braun hut system.
Yes
ICON Cross-country Skiing Since the whole route is above 11,000 feet, cold and windy weather can make this trip miserable, and the visibility can also be quite bad at times. In good weather, however, Richmond hill gives some of the best overall views of the mountains of any cross country ski trails in this part of the state.
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Richmond Hill Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Richmond Hill Road
Yes
ICON Downhill Skiing Most skiers ski Richmond Hill as a day tour, riding the Silver Queen Gondola up Aspen Mountain to get to the start of the tour. You have your choice of skiing the packed trails, or going off into the untracked snow alongside.
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Richmond Hill Road provides some of the best scenery of the mountains surrounding Aspen.
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Since the whole route is above 11,000 feet, cold and windy weather can make this trip miserable, and the visibility can also be quite bad at times. In good weather, however, Richmond hill gives some of the best overall views of the mountains of any cross country ski trails in this part of the state.
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Richmond Hill Road provides some of the best scenery of the mountains surrounding Aspen.
Yes



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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