Ute Trail (Aspen)
It takes a bit of work, but the fantastic view from this rocky promontory is your well earned reward. The Ute Trail in Aspen is very steep and heavily used. Some Aspenites ascend the trail daily to condition themselves. The view of Aspen from the rocky promontory at the high point of the trail is a generous reward for the persistent hiker. Despite the proximity of people, there have been several reported sightings of bears along this trail. That fact (plus the trail’s steepness) makes this hike not suitable for dogs or for children. Some people elect to ride the Silver Queen Gondola up Aspen Mountain (operating weekends in May and September, and daily from June through August) and then take one of several trails back down to the valley (including connections to the Ute Trail.) Stop by the gondola office for information and a trail map. Keep in mind though that it is 3,000+ feet of knee-crunching downhill from the 11,212-foot gondola terminus to town.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,300 ft|
|Duration||40 minutes up, 35 minutes down|
|Season||Early May to late October|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,990 ft|
|Top Elevation||9,200 ft|
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