Streams, waterfalls, and mining ruins along an old roadway.
Near: Aspen, CO
Distance: 9 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 2860 ft
Hike Time: 5.5 hours
Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots
Hike Type: Out and Back
Simply follow the old road as it works its way up to the Montezuma Mine. There are a few stream crossings. The first two large ones have nice bridges you can walk across, and after that, they are usually shallow enough you can rock hop across. The second stream crossing has the most beautiful falls near it. There are a few meadows along the hike that have beautiful flowers in the spring and summer.
If hiking in winter or spring the road is less likely to have vehicle traffic as the snow will prevent their progress, but be wary of the avalanche danger on this route.
From the rotary intersection on the West end of Aspen take Castle Creek road south. Follow this road past the town of Ashcroft until you reach the road closed sign. Turn right here. If you are in a low clearance vehicle you should probably park here. If you have a good clearance you can continue to the first stream crossing. After this, you must have 4wd to get to the Pearl Pass road turn off. The road gets even more difficult after this. Few people continue past this point in a vehicle. (Lat:39.02895 Lon:-106.80788)