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Quick Facts

Ute Trail

Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,165 Feet (355.1 Meters)
High Point: 9,185 Feet (2799.6 Meters)
Length: .9 Miles (1.4 Kilometers)
Pets: Yes - Leashed
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

Ute Trail Trailhead
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Ute Trail Trailhead
Ute trail is a difficult but scenic trail located on the south east side of Aspen. The trailhead is located off of Ute Avenue. This .9 mile, steep single-track switchbacks up the mountain to an overlook 700 vertical feet above the town. A little used trail continues up the ridge to the summit of Ajax mountain, another 2,300 vertical feet of gain. Good footwear is strongly recommended as the footing is slippery, particularly when very dry. Be on the lookout for falling rocks from hikers on higher switchbacks as it is all but impossible not to knock them off.

Directions from Aspen: head south on Original Street until it turns into Ute Avenue. Continue east on Ute Avenue until you reach the trailhead on the right (south) and parking on the left (north). Also accessible from the Ute Bike Path.

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Visitor Information:

Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445


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