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Montezuma Basin Road is just south of Aspen in the White River National Forest. The road starts at Waypoint 6 of the legendary Pearl Pass and takes you up to 12,800 feet, near the base of Castle Peak, which is Colorado's ninth tallest 14er (14,279 ft). The road was used as mining access to Montezuma Mine, which operated from 1879 to 1960. It also operated off and on as a ski resort from 1967-1977 with one snowfield and a tow rope.
This road isn't necessarily difficult, but you must be fearless as the road is comprised of many long, exposed segments of shelf road, with some of it being off-camber, which could send you tumbling down very steep, rocky slopes. From the base of Castle Peak, you can begin to hike this 14er. Make sure you take in all the amazing views of the area and imagine what it would be like to live here year-round in the early 1900s! As with other mines, please look but don't touch. Preserve this history for generations to come.
Made it all the way to the second "parking lot" and then hiked Castle Peak.
The trail is really rough, and was a lot of work for me and my 08 Subaru Forester, but I have a 2" lift, skid plates on everything important, and a rear torq locker.
Anything with solid axles should make it up this fine though.
John is a Colorado native who's been 4 wheeling since he got his first tacoma. His original goal of 4 wheeling was to get back into the campsites the Subarus couldn't quite get to. One trip after another, and now it's pretty much consumed all of his free time. He is currently living in Laporte, CO. When he is not coding for Trails Offroad or 4 wheeling, he also enjoys hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain biking.