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Quick Facts

Midnight Mine Road

Average Time: 3 - 4 Hours one way
Beginning Elevation: 8,320 Feet (2593.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,892 Feet (901.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,212 Feet (3495.0 Meters)
Length: 5.5 Miles (9.17 Kilometers) one way
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 127 Aspen, Independence Pass
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 118
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Aspen

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

View of Mt. Hayden from the intersection of Midnight Mine and Little Annie Roads in the fall.
Copyright: Marshall Hall - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
View of Mt. Hayden from the intersection of Midnight Mine and Little Annie Roads in the fall.
This is a fairly well maintained dirt road with several steep sections. This road is not used by four-wheel drivers as much as Little Annie or Summer Roads. A loop ride can be made by going up Midnight Mine and down Little Annie or a longer route down Summer Road. The road follows Queens Gulch, passing through aspen and fir stands.

The road begins with a short descend; then crosses a bridge and begins its continuous uphill climb. There are numerous private drives, please stay on the main road. The road becomes steeper with several switchbacks. In approximately 2 miles there is a cabin on the left and a large mound of mine tailings on the right. The road climbs steeply between them, continuing to ascend to the junction with Little Annie Road at about the 4 mile mark. Stay left to continue to the top of Aspen Mountain and the Sundeck Restaurant. From the top you can access Richmond Hill Road (which follows the ridge behind Aspen Mountain), or Summer Road (which goes down the front of Aspen Mountain).

Directions from Aspen: Travel west from Aspen 1/2 mile on Highway 82 to the roundabout. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Travel about 2-1/2 miles on Castle Creek Road to the turn off to Midnight Mine Road on the left. There is a some parking at the start of Midnight Mine Road.

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

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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Road open until the last switchback before the mine. Nice hike/snowshoe beyond that. Still a great deal of snow in Little Annie Basin.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Midnight Mine Four-Wheel Drive Road
ICON Mountain Biking Midnight Mine Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Midnight Mine Road
ICON Snowmobiling Approximate season December to April.
ICON Snowshoeing Approximate season December to April.

Related Activities
Castle Creek Road - This drive is one of the most enjoyable drives in the Aspen area. The paved road follows Castle Creek 13 miles up the valley.

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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