Richmond Hill

Scout Route
5/5 (2 reviews)

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Richmond Hill is an extremely scenic road near Aspen with big mountain views and a picturesque landscape. The road is only open to highway-legal vehicles and has no seasonal closure dates, but it does become impassable due to snow. The northern half of the road traverses thick evergreen forests with rolling, bumpy, and rutty climbs that can be steep and muddy. The southern half travels mostly above treeline, topping out at 12,308 feet, with longer, steeper, and rockier terrain of grades as high as 22 degrees and rocks as large as grapefruits. The route is generally 1 to 2 vehicles wide with plenty of room to pass oncoming vehicles and no narrow shelf road sections to contend with. The bumpy terrain makes the drive slow, so expect the road to take 1 to 2 hours in one direction to complete.

Dispersed camping is thin along the route, with only around a dozen sites along the entire length. Be aware that the road crosses patches of private property where camping is never allowed.

This trail is suitable for stock high-clearance vehicles with low-range 4x4 gearing.