wildernet

Snowshoeing: Colorado > White River National Forest > Aspen Ranger District

Quick Facts

Express Creek Road to Taylor Pass Road

Average Time: 3 - 4 Hours one way
Beginning Elevation: 9,422 Feet (2937.0 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,506 Feet (781.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,928 Feet (3718.2 Meters)
Length: 5.5 Miles (9.17 Kilometers) one way
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 122
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Hayden Peak




Satellite and Topo Map




General Description

Taylor Pass is one of many routes for four-wheel drive vehicles and motorcyles in the mountains surrounding Aspen
Copyright: USDA Forest Service
Taylor Pass is one of many routes for four-wheel drive vehicles and motorcyles in the mountains surrounding Aspen
This is a popular high-altitude jeep route beginning at Express Creek Road. Because of the altitude snow is often present well into mid-July. From the top of Taylor Pass you can see Taylor Lake below and magnificent views of the Castle Creek Valley and surrounding peaks. Once at the pass, you are offered several choices of extending your trip by making a loop back to Aspen via Richmond Hill Road; or travel to Crested Butte along the Taylor River making a full day trip.

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, stay on the main road. In approximately 2 miles, there is a spur to the right, again follow the main road. The road becomes a little steeper and in another 1-3/4 miles begins a long steep uphill. The road crosses a bridge and is very steep the last mile.

Directions from Aspen: Drive west on Highway 82 from Aspen 1/2 mile. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Drive about 11 miles, just past Elk Mountain Lodge and before the ghost town of Ashcroft, on your left will be Express Creek Road.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Summer Season: June through September (NOTE: You may find snow on the road through Mid-July.) . Normal Winter Season: November through April (NOTE: This road is not maintained for vehicular traffic in the Winter and is used for recreation.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche conditions and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:45:00.0


Add your own trip Report! Newly re-released feature. One of the most popular features on Wildernet, trip reports allow you to share your experiences with others. This is an invaluable resource for determining what to expect on your outdoor adventure, so please participate! To prevent spamming, you must be a registered user of Wildernet in order to submit a trip report

No trip reports filed to date. Please be the first one to do so!



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backcountry Traveling Express Creek Road is used to gain access to the Markley and Goodwin-Green Huts. The road passes through some areas of high avalanche risk.
Yes
ICON Fishing Taylor Lake
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Express Creek to Taylor Pass Four-Wheel Drive Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Express Creek Road
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Express Creek Road
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Express Creek Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Express Creek Road
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling The road passes through some areas of high avalanche risk.
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Express Creek Road is used to gain access to the Markley and Goodwin-Green Huts. The road passes through some areas of high avalanche risk.
Yes



Powered by Wildernet.com
Disclaimer and User Agreement