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
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