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Quick Facts

Aspen Mtn/Summer Road

Beginning Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2438.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 3,195 Feet (973.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,195 Feet (3412.2 Meters) Sundeck Restaurant and top of Silverqueen Gondola.
Length: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers) one way
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 123
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Hayden Peak, Aspen

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This is a fairly well maintained dirt road, which gets heavy 4WD and off-road use, especially on weekends. A loop ride can be made by going up Little Annie or the Midnight Mine Road and down Summer Road. This is very scenic with great views of the town of Aspen, Castle Creek Valley and surrounding Elk Mountains.

The paved road quickly becomes a steep unpaved four-wheel drive road. Stay on the main road as it cuts across the front of Aspen Mountain and then switchbacks up Pioneer Gulch, reaching the site of the now closed Gwynn's Restaurant and the top of chair lift 1A at approximately the 2 mile mark. The steep switchbacks continue until the road contours into the top of Spar Gulch and reaches Bonnie's Restaurant (open only in the winter). The road then passes under the gondola before it finally reaches the Sundeck Restaurant (open winter and summer) at the top of Aspen Mountain.

From the top, there are spectacular views in all directions. You can access Richmond Hill Road (which follows the ridge behind Aspen Mountain to Taylor Pass), or Little Annie and Midnight Mine Roads (which descend into the Castle Creek Valley).

Directions from Aspen: From downtown, proceed on Durant Avenue east to Original Street and turn south. Follow Original 1/8 mile, keep straight and continue on the paved road as it curves behind 777 Ute Avenue and through the Aspen Alps Condominiums.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Inaccessible during ski season. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:40:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Summer Road
ICON Horseback Riding Summer Road
ICON Mountain Biking A loop ride can be made by going up Little Annie and down Midnight Mine Road.
ICON Motorcycle Riding Summer Road

More Information

Visitor Information:

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO


Local Lodging

Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel
Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel

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