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Ashcroft Trailheads (Castle Creek - Aspen side of Elk Mountains)
ELEVATON: 9,500 feet
GPS: 39.05412 -106.79973
HUTS ACCESSED: Tagert, Green-Wilson, Markley, Lindley, Friends
USGS MAPS: Hayden Peak, Aspen, Pearl Pass, Cement Mountain, Crested Butte, Gothic


Drive Colorado Highway 82 downvalley from Aspen or upvalley from Glenwood Springs. About a mile outside of Aspen you’ll come to a roundabout and good signs at the turnoff for Castle Creek and Maroon Creek roads. Turn off the highway as indicated by signs, then from the roundabout turn onto the Castle Creek Road.

Drive the Castle Creek Road 11 miles to Ashcroft (winter closure). There are some old mining era “ghost town” buildings here, and a commercial ski touring operation. Follow signs for parking. During snow season, the Castle Creek Road continues up the valley as a snow route that’s heavily used by everything from snowmobiles to horses. It’s usually plowed by late May, but may be left to melt off. If you don’t like foot travel on such civilized flats, snowmobile travel is appropriate from Ashcroft for about 2 miles to the Pearl Pass Road intersection, where travelers to Lindley Hut should park snowmobiles. If you’re headed up Pearl Pass Road, it is appropriate to snowmobile about ½ mile farther, to the base of the first steep hill


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