Pearl Pass

HARD 5 reviews
#121 of 191 trails in

Pearl Pass is a 11.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

11.8 miles
3021 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



cross country skiing


horseback riding

mountain biking


trail running




4 months ago

We actually went up Cooper Creek Road which is the left fork at the end of Castle Creek Road (Pearl Pass goes off to the right.) Beautiful Sunday afternoon stroll. The old mining road is closed to motorized vehicles but open to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. It's in good condition and takes a gradual uphill grade for 5+ miles, at which point it gets much steeper as it climbs to the mine. There used to be a gate with a no trespassing sign at the base of the steep climb to the mine but if it still exists, we didn't make it that far. It snowed yesterday so the fall colors highlighted by the snow were spectacular. Other than two other parties at the beginning of our hike who we left behind quickly, we were alone for the entire time until we got back close to the parking lot. Expansive views with tons of photo opportunities.

5 months ago

Beautiful aspen turning on mostly smooth rounded peaks. nice smooth road, a few technical parts, we turned around before the actual pass tho (which is more difficult with a shale shelf road). few minor water crossings. panoramic views and gorgeous scenery abounds. Minor traffic, mostly motorcycles and bikes.

off road driving
Thursday, August 13, 2015

This area is completely gorgeous. We did not have the proper information and attempted to summit from the north which, in our Xterra PRO4X was unachievable because of a 15 foot area of slide rock with a huge incline. Maybe from the south, but coming down would still be hairy. Camping on the north side will be amazing in the future, as we will go back to the area for sure, really breathtaking, ample private turn-offs for backwoods camping while being surrounded by stunning and huge peaks.

mountain biking
Friday, October 18, 2013

I 4 wheeled this pass while my husband Mtn biked it. There are some very technical parts and places that you must walk your bike. We went early October so the leaves where beautiful lots of snow at the top. Great views! You must be a little crazy to Mtn bike this trail which is why my husband does it! :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Great drive.