Ute Creek Trail is a 11.5 mile heavily trafficked trail located near Gateway, CO and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until September.
The trailhead begins with a walk across a scenic bridge and ascends through an open meadow. Soon the trail winds upward into the trees and begins several switchbacks. After leveling out it meanders along the Ute Creek and then begins to ascend in earnest. There is an old trailbook which lists the vertical climb at 400 feet, but this is a typo and the climb is acutally 4,000 feet over the length of the trail. There are beautiful views of the valley, but this is not a climb for beginners or for those unused to the high altitude of this area of Colorado.
This is a difficult trail that starts out easy with a hike across a scenic bridge at the trailhead. It ascends across an open meadow and slowly begins a climb into the trees. After an invigorating climb, the trail flattens out and follows alongside the Ute Creek. The climbing begins in earnest about an hour and a half into the hike. The trail is steep and relentless. There are lovely valley views and many natual "rest spots" along the trail. It is not a climb for beginners, although there is an old trailbook which lists the vertical climb as 400 ft. It is actually closer to 4,000 ft. over the length of the trail.