Northeast face of Truro Peak from Grizzly Reservoir
South face of Truro Peak
Truro is a jagged peak that rises in the upper portions of the Lincoln Creek Valley near Aspen, Colorado. To the west, a 12820 ft saddle separates Truro Peak from another jagged summit known as West Truro Peak (13140 ft). The northern slopes of Truro and West Truro Peaks drop down steeply to create an alpine cirque that houses Truro Lake (12180 ft).
Truro Peak is usually accessed via its southern slopes. A good option is to go up the steep grassy southern slopes to reach the 12820 ft saddle. A class III hike up the rocky western ridgeline of Truro will then take you to its summit.
Reaching the starting point of the hike for Truro Peak will require a 10 mile drive on the rough Lincoln Creek dirt Road.
Southwest face of Truro Peak
Southeast face of Truro Peak
Views from the summit of Truro Peak
Anderson & Larson Peaks
Truro Lake & Tabor Peak
Tellurium Peak & West Truro Peak, Castle Peak in the distance
Truro from various angles
Anderson Lake |
Truro & West Truro
Truro & West Truro
Southeast Face |
Truro, West Truro & Larson
The western ridgline of Truro
Southern Grassy Slopes
Directions to Petroleum Lake Trailhead (see Route Page)
From the town of Aspen, drive roughly 10 miles east on Route 82 until you see the sign for the Lincoln Gulch Road (Forest Road 106) on the right (south) side of the road.
Guidebooks might say that most cars can drive up Lincoln Gulch Road but I found it to be pretty rough and will not drive it in anything less than an SUV.
Drive the pot hole ridden Lincoln Gulch Road east. After 3.3 miles, you will reach the junction of New York Creek Road. Continue straight (left). 0.75 miles later you will reach the Tabor Creek Trailhead.
After the Tabor Creek Trailhead, the road seems to become much smoother. It continues east for another 2.5 miles to reach the Grizzly Reservoir. Here the road turns south and becomes rough again. 4WD is recommended. Drive the road another 3.5 miles to reach the signed junction of the trail to Anderson & Petroleum Lakes (11200 ft).
Galena Creek drainage comes to view less than a mile to the north of Petroleum Lake Trailhead. If you are interested in hiking this drainage, you will have to identify the creek on your own. It is quite obvious on the south side of Truro Peak (see Route Page).
No fees or permits needed for day hikes.
For other regulations, see the website for White River National Forest
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