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