Apsen area: Maroon Bells & Castle Creek Area mountain bike trails

Express Creek Road #122 – route to Taylor Pass

Government Trail #1990 – popular single track between Aspen & Snowmass

Little Annie Road – very scenic ride with great views of the Castle Creek ValleyMidnight Mine Road #118 – road follows Queens Gulch, passing through aspen and fir stands

Montezuma Basin #102 – road is very rugged in sections, but the scenery makes the effort worth while

Pearl Pass Road #102 – views from the top of Pearl Pass make the trip worth while. Continue on the road down the other side of the pass to reach Crested Butte

Richmond Hill Road #123 – Richmond Hill Road connects Taylor Pass with the top of Aspen Mountain

Summer Road #123 – a loop ride can be made by going up Little Annie and down Midnight Mine Road

Express Creek Road #122

Length: 5-1/2 miles one-way

Beginning Elevation: 9,422 Feet

Average Biking Time: 4 Hours one-way

Ending Elevation:11,928 Feet

Difficulty: Difficult

USGS Map(s): Hayden Peak

Use: Heavy

Recommended Season: Summer – Fall

Attractions/Considerations: The last couple miles are very steep and often has snow well into July.

This road gets heavy 4WD use, especially on weekends. From the top of Taylor Pass you can access the Richmond Hill Road leading to Aspen Mountain, Midnight Mine Road, and Little Annie Road.

Access: Travel west from Aspen 1/2 mile on Highway 82 and turn left at the Maroon Creek Road turnoff, then immediately take a left onto Castle Creek Road. Travel 11 miles on Castle Creek Road to the intersection with Express Creek Road. There is some parking along Express Creek Road and at the Ashcroft Historic Townsite.

Narrative: The first 1/8 mile is fairly flat, the road soon crosses a bridge and begins to climb steeply. There are several private drives along the first mile, please stay on the main road. In approximately 2 miles there is a spur to the right, stay on the main road. The road becomes a little steeper and in a another 1-3/4 miles begins a long steep uphill. The road crosses a bridge and is very steep the last mile.

From the top of Taylor Pass you can see Taylor Lake below and magnificent views of the Castle Creek Road.

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