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Quick Facts

Pearl Pass Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,728 Feet (3032.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,977 Feet (928.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,705 Feet (3960.4 Meters)
Length: 8 Miles (13.33 Kilometers) one way
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 102
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Hayden Pass, Pearl Pass

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Despite the likelihood of snow on the road well into July, the Pearl Pass Road is heavily used especially on weekends. The road is very rocky and steep in sections and often impassable in a vehicle. The first 1/2 mile is fairly level, then it begins to climb. There are some steep uphill sections and at approximately 1 1/2 miles, crosses a foot bridge. The road continues to climb through spruce groves crossing a vehicle bridge and immediately becoming steeper and rugged. At approximately 3 miles up the road, the Mace cabin is passed on the right. A quarter mile past the cabin the road forks. Keep left (The right fork goes to the Montezuma Basin, refer to the handout), the road climbs steeply, and there are rough, rocky sections.

Directions from Aspen: Travel west from Aspen 1/2 mile on Highway 82. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Travel 13-1/2 miles on Castle Creek Road (2 miles past Ashcroft) to the intersection with the 4WD Pearl Pass Road #102. There is a small parking area at the junction.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the road at high elevations.) .

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

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backcountry Traveling Pearl Pass Road access the Taggert and Wilson Backcountry Huts. It passes through areas of high avalanche risk.
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Pearl Pass Four-Wheel Drive Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Pearl Pass Road
ICON Horseback Riding Pearl Pass Road
ICON Mountain Biking Pearl Pass Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Pearl Pass Road
ICON Snowmobiling Pearl Pass Road passes through areas of high avalanche risk.
ICON Snowshoeing Pearl Pass Road access the Taggert and Wilson Backcountry Huts. It passes through areas of high avalanche risk.

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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