Ute Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.
Difficult, beautiful, worth it. Great first hike of our trip. Definitely hop in the swing and enjoy the view when you get to the top of the switchback section.
How can a 5 mile hike be so hard? When you climb straight up the double black diamonds of Aspen. After a 1.5 section of switchbacks, the trail straightens out and that's when it gets hard. Near the top people were literally stopping every 20 feet for a breather.
The reward? A party scene at the summit, and a gondola ride to the base.
Good tough hike but well worth the view about half way up.
The trail was hard but was beautiful and you can ride the gondola down!
Much more challenging than expected, but great. A beer at the top and Gondola down makes it all worth it.