Aspen and Views
Alpine access, peak access, and aspen in fall make this a trail with a lot to offer. This makes a great trail for summer flowers and autumn color. From the pass, a short off trail scramble allows a hiker to gain Hayden Peak. Even if you only go part of the way, it's worth the effort.
The Richmond trail starts on US 550, just south of the popular tourist town of Ouray, and near the historic town of Ironton. The trail is signed and easy to find. Once on the trail, it is a series of switchbacks up an aspen covered slope. In fall, this must be a very popular or at least colorful hike. As you gain elevation, the aspen thin out and the spruce come to dominate. Eventually, you're in meadows and these give way to open alpine grass and flower covered slopes. A short side trip to point 12,170 can provide an easy peak, as well as canyon views. The trail continues on to Richmond Pass. The trail leading up to the pass crosses a northeast facing slope which will hold snow into early summer, so plan accordingly. It is also an avalanche path in winter.
From the pass, a short side trip can take you to Hayden Peak. A social trail is visible on it's southwest face, and it may be a fairly easy peak to access. After the pass, the trail descends to Camp Bird and the road which enters Yankee Boy Basin for Sneffels access. Mileage and access are for the portion up to the pass. If you hike the section after the pass, add your description to this page.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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