Went for a sunrise hike in this trail in early November. Pretty cold and windy but great view at the top. Trail was covered in snow (the trail is basically a road) so we had to work around that. A bit more challenging above tree line. Give yourself 2 hours at least to get up.
First off this was a bitch that kicked me in the ball sack. The trail starts off quite rocky and continues that way until the size of the boulders increases. At one point I swear I had one tire on the very edge of the mountain cliff. This trail is not for the faint of hearted I believe it ascends around 3000 feet. I drove up confidently in a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with all the bells and whistles. I had just swapped out my very bald stock tires for some slick BFGoodrich KO 2 all terrain tires so I thought I would be able to concur anything right? I was wrong. I came to a section of the road where the road narrowed quite significantly. To one side of the road was a big ass boulder and the other side was the side of the mountain. Needless to say I was hugging the boulder side of the road and inadvertently scraped the side of the jeep. Once I proceeded past the damage I continued on to ascend the road. After again ascending up the treacherously rocky road I continued to a point that was a real ball breaker. The road switched back to the left and was quite steep. I continued on after quite a struggle to ascend the steep grade. I then found myself up on a small rock about to split to hugh ass boulders. The better side of me came about and I decided to turn around at that point. I backed down on a very narrow roadway and proceeded to turn around and continue on my way down. About the half way point I turned right instead of left and found myself in unfamiliar terrain. I quickly descended the road and found myself at at dead end! My only option at this point was to reverse to the top where I made the wrong turn. I started my reversal and found myself in an all too familiar position. I was backing through a big boulder and the edge of the mountain cliff. I finally navigated my way in reverse back to where I started. I continued my ascent down and finally reached the bottom My god I am grateful I made it down in one piece. One final word. This road trail can and will kick you in the ball sack. I recommend you have a very high clearance vehicle as well as a good spotter as you're going to need it. Going up this road with a stock vehicle is not recommended. Bring someone along with you to watch your back. This is a difficult off road trail unless your prepared.
Super fun trail. I would definitely recommend a high clearance 4x4 for some areas. The aspens are awesome. I will say that the trail is not that clearly market so just pay attention and you will be fine. Average speed was about 3.5 mph so plan accordingly. Happy jeeping!