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This road is a fairly well maintained dirt road, which is closed to four-wheel drive use. Motorcycle, mountain bike, foot and horse use are permitted.

The paved road quickly becomes a steep unpaved road. Stay on the main road. The road switchbacks across the front of Aspen Mountain and reaches Gwynn's Restaurant (open only during ski season) at approximately the 2 mile mark. The steep switchbacks continue, passing under and to the right of the gondola. The road reaches the Sundeck Restaurant at the top of Aspen Mountain. There are spectacular views in all directions. From the top, you can access Richmond Hill Road (which follows the ridge behind Aspen Mountain), or Little Annie and Midnight Mine Roads. Automobiles are not permitted on Summer Road for recreation purposes.

Directions: From Aspen, From downtown Aspen, proceed on Durant Avenue east to Original Street and turn south. Follow Original 1/8 mile, keep straight and continue on the paved road as it curves behind 777 Ute.

Elevation: 7,900 feet

Elevation Gain: 3,212 feet

Distance: 4 1/2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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White River National Forest, Colorado

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