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Quick Facts

Lincoln Creek Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,785 Feet (3050.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,215 Feet (378.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters)
Length: 11 Miles (18.33 Kilometers) one way
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 127 Aspen, Independence Pass
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 106
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Independence, New York Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Lincoln Creek, along Lincoln Creek Four Wheel Drive Road
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Lincoln Creek, along Lincoln Creek Four Wheel Drive Road
The road crosses a bridge and heads downhill past Lincoln Gulch campground. The road rolls up and down with some steep uphill sections that levels out on top. The road follows Lincoln Creek with an uphill/downhill pattern to Grizzly Reservoir at the 6 mile mark. To continue to the ghost town of Ruby, stay on the main road which curves to the southeast of the reservoir and past Portal Campground. The road climbs easily to the ruins of an old mining cabin at the 9 mile mark. The road forks another 1/2 mile, take the left fork. The ghost town of Ruby is a short distance before the road ends.

Directions from Aspen: Access to Lincoln Creek Road is located 11 miles Southeast of the community of Aspen on Highway 82, and then 1.2 miles on Lincoln Creek Road within a grove of aspen trees.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Summer Season: June through September (NOTE: The road may be very muddy with some snow in Early June.) .

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

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It was the best of the trails that I Rode near aspen. The creek make some very beautiful shut ins about 3 mile up the road from the independence pass road.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very scenic at the top, especially if you hike back towards Petroleum Lake. Fishing Lincoln creek above Grizzly Res. is worthless due to the waters being poluted by the remenants of the mines in Ruby. However, hike any of the peaks and you'll be happy you did! The view is spectacular. Look to the north and you'll see the Mount of the Holy Cross.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Lincoln Creek Road
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Lincoln Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road
ICON Mountain Biking Lincoln Creek Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Lincoln Creek Road
ICON Snowmobiling Lincoln Creek Road
ICON Snowshoeing Lincoln Creek Road

Related Activities
Independence Pass Area - The Independence Pass Area is located east of Aspen and offers a high concentration of attractions in a scenic alpine setting. The pass is closed in winter to vehicular traffic with the exception of snowmobiles.

Portal Campground - Portal Campground is located east of Aspen on Lincoln Creek Road at Grizzly Reservoir. Campers can access some wonderful day hikes from this location as well as terrain for motorcycle and ATV riding, mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445


Local Lodging

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

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