The Ute Trail is Aspen's version of a short and steep butt kick workout. If staying in Aspen, the trailhead is only a quick trip from downtown.

This shady trail of switchbacks ascends steadily (over a thousand feet in under a mile) to a rock outcropping at 9,185 feet. Yes, you can expect your heart to be pounding and to be huffing and puffing as you climb Ute Trail. But the view of Aspen that rewards you is spectacular.

The trail is pretty rocky, so hiking shoes or trail running shoes are recommended. You can still do it in regular sneakers, but hiking or trail shoes give you a little extra protection. Go early as this trail is very popular with locals and tourists.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking or trail shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1165 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Scenic

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Worth The Climb All The Way To The Top

We continued past the overview and hiked all the way up to the Gondola. The trail was straight up pretty much the whole way and definitely a heart pounding, breath taking workout but so worth it! Due to a storm blowing in just as we got there we stayed for lunch and then rode the Gondola back down (which was free). Great way to start our stay here!

Ute Trail In The Snow

So it showed this week and the trail got lost under the snow. We took some wrong turns and ended up on the Nordic trail. Still had a great time walking in deep snow. Snowshoes would've been great

Great short hike

Steep and short, the view at the top is absolutely amazing! If you're trying to get a good photo, head up here for the sunset over Aspen since you'll be facing west.


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