Richmond Hill  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: New York Peak, Hayden Peak, Aspen
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 4 FR123, CR15E 12.00 11,212 to 12,360 ft. NA 3-4 hours
County: Pitkin
Adopted by:      
Managed by: White River NF, Aspen Ranger District
Pitkin County
806 W. Hallam, Aspen, CO 81611
530 East Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611
(970)925-3445
(970)920-5200
Summary: Richmond Hill road runs from the top of Taylor Pass to the top of Aspen Mountain ski resort.
Attractions: Scenic views.
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - Closed by snow fall
Best Time: July - May still be snowed in at Taylor Pass
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows may close Taylor Pass
Trail Heads  
Camping: The dispersed camp sites are mainly at the north end in the forested section near Aspen.
Base Camp: This would not be a good area to base camp.
Fall Colors: Poor - Route is throug pine forest and above timberline.
Navigation: Starting at the north end.
From Aspen head east on E Main Street and CO-82 W toward N Garmisch Street for 0.4 miles. Continue straight onto W Main Street for 354 ft. Turn right onto N 7th Street and go 479 ft. Turn left onto CO-82 W/W Hallam Street and go 0.5 miles. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Castle Creek Road and go 2.8 miles. Turn left onto Midnight Mine Road and go 3.7 miles. Sharp left onto County Road 15G and go 450 ft. to a right turn. Follow this road up to the Richmond Hill road.

Starting from the south end.
From Aspen head east on E Main Street and CO-82 W toward N Garmisch Street for 0.4 miles. Continue straight onto W Main Street for 354 ft. Turn right onto N 7th Street and go 479 ft. Turn left onto CO-82 W/W Hallam Street and go 0.5 miles. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Castle Creek Road and go 10.7 miles. Turn left onto Express Creek Road and go 4.7 miles. At Taylor Pass turn left to start Richmond Hill road.

History:  
Description:
Starting from the Taylor Pass end, the road is above timberline and has great views East into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and West into the Maroon Bells / Snowmass Wilderness. After leaving Taylor Pass the road will follow the wilderness boundary as it climbs a ridge.
Climb up from Taylor Pass

photo by:
Adam M

The road is an easy two track across the tundra. It will descend the north side of the ridge through a couple of switchbacks.
View north toward Gold Hill

photo by:
Adam M

At a saddle the road to Difficult Pass, FR761.1A will be a right turn at the base of a steep hill. The Richmond Hill road will continue by climbing the hill which will be fairly steep and have some loose rock.
Steep section. Difficult Pass is spur to the right.

photo by:
Adam M

Once on top the road will take you across the rolling tundra toward McArthur Mountain (12,139 ft). As you drive along you will have views into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness.
Heading to McArthur Mountain

photo by:
Adam M

Going around McArthur Mountain

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Adam M

After passing McArthur Mountain the road will cross through some short valleys and work toward the lower forest.
Heading down into the forest

photo by:
Adam M

The road continues through open areas and heavily forested areas as it follows along the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary.
Into the forest

photo by:
Adam M

You will come to an intersection where the right will take you to Aspen Mountain and the ski resort. A left will take you to Annie Basin where you can drive the Midnight Mine Road down to County Road 15 and head north to Aspen.
Data updated - October 16, 2018       4WD Road driven - September 3, 2018       Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2018