Hiking Richmond Ridge near Aspen

Richmond Ridge, Aspen, Colorado
Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
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Richmond Ridge is a five mile (one way) trail off the back of Aspen Mountain.

Richmond Ridge, Aspen, Colorado
Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Richmond Ridge: Getting there

Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Take the gondola up Aspen mountain to the Sundeck (or hike up Aspen Mountain).

The Sundeck, Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado
The Sundeck, Aspen Mountain, Aspen, Colorado
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Richmond Ridge: The hike

Richmond Ridge, Aspen, Colorado
Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

At the Sundeck, head behind the gondola, past the picnic tables to the start of the Richmond Ridge trail.

Richmond Ridge, Aspen, Colorado
Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The Richmond Ridge trail is actually a dirt road, sometimes shared with off-road vehicles.  The trail is mostly flat with some rolling hills and is fairly easy with a few moderate uphill climbs.

Richmond Ridge, Aspen, Colorado
Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Richmond Ridge, Aspen, Colorado
Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

With the entire trail above 11,000 feet, the views are amazing.

Richmond Ridge, Aspen, Colorado
Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Richmond Ridge, Aspen, Colorado
Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
An easy hike for visitors to Aspen, Richmond Ridge
An easy hike for visitors to Aspen, Richmond Ridge
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Additional Aspen, Colorado hikes

Aspen hiking overview
Meadows Trail
Rio Grande Trail
Smuggler Mountain
Hunter Creek Trail
River Run Trail
Maroon Bells Maroon Lake Scenic Loop
Maroon Bells Crater Lake

Richmond Ridge, Aspen, Colorado
Hiking Richmond Ridge in Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media