Ute Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, CO 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.
Would not rate this hike as moderate. Great hike, beautiful views, and close to town. Take the free gondola down to save save your knees. Took 2hours with breaks and some strawberry picking along the way :). First part of the trail up to the big lookout rock is fairly busy, but after that we only came across a couple people on the trail. It was a week day so the weekend might be different.
Great hike, shady half way up then turns steep with very little shade. Definitely hard if your not use to the elevation but you get to ride the gondola down for free if you hike to the top of Aspen mountain.
Definitely not moderate if Sunnyside is rated hard, 2.5 miles of constant uphill. It's beautiful and a wonderful reward at the two points to look out.
Difficult climb at points. Narrow pathways. A great workout. Beautiful views. Awesome!
Well traveled trail just outside of Aspen. Gorgeous views from the top. Not for those who are squeamish about heights. Steep areas and winding trails. I went alone (female) and felt comfortable. (was early morning right after Labor Day and all tourists were gone) yay!
Was a fun hike. Steep and fairly shaded for a hot day