Ute Trail from Poudre Lake to Alpine Ridge

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Ute Trail from Poudre Lake to Alpine Ridge is a 8.4 mile out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and cross country skiing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.4 miles
1315 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing


trail running




wild flowers


6 days ago

Great trail but still a lot of deep snow on the trail near Milner Pass. Hard to find the trail. We hiked from the Alpine Visitor Center and turned back when the snow got deep. Still great views in the upper section of the trail.

20 days ago

An easy tundra hike with beautiful views, marmots playing, above treeline so beware of lightning.

We hiked from the Alpine Center this morning. There was still quite a bit of snow. It was hard to find the trail on the far side of some of the snow fields and a few times we post holed. A little after the sign for Forest Valley Pass we lost the trail in the snow and turned back. There were storms in the afternoon forecast and dark clouds looming so we hoofed it. Will definately come back later in the season.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Started at Alpine Center and went down. Great, fun hike. Hiked in lots of snow in July. Beautiful.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Here with another couple, so we put a car at both ends of the trail. As this was to be an "easy day" we started at the Alpine Center and went down, although it wouldn't make much difference. I found the trail to be more interesting than I thought it would be. Also, checked out a little of the Mt Ida Trail.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Just beautiful!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Lovely hike in RMNP. Saw many wild flowers and the temperature was perfect. The climb up from Milner Pass is pretty steep so be aware as you are hiking. Get there early the alpine center fills up fast.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great hike. I recommend starting from Poudre Lake on going up first. Great views and plenty of wildlife. It's nice because you can hit the Alpine Center for a hit lunch if you want.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Did this starting at the Alpine Visitor Center Ute trail down to Milner pass, Poudre lake. Saw rain clouds so hitched a ride back from Milner pass to Alpine Visitor center. This way was super easy; from Milner there is elevation gain involved but nothing difficult compared to some other trails in RMNP. Anyone can do this trail.
Fab view of the Gore Range.
Saw Elk sitting right by the Visitor Center totally oblivious of the crowds. Lotsa playful Marmots prancing about. Beautiful alpine flowers. Trail is well maintained so it is pretty easy.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

It's really just called the Ute Trail, but nonetheless, it is an incredible hike. I have done it twice. It starts out with some steep elevation gain, but quickly mellows out. There is an abundance of alpine wildflowers and a huge variety in nature! There are amazing wildlife viewing opportunities as well, especially in the summer when the elk are still high in elevation. I saw a herd of at least a hundred stampeding directly across the trail, which was simply amazing.
This is not a hike that becomes crowded, but you should start early anyway due to it's high altitude and the possibility of lightning. I have actually been caught in a storm while hiking this trail.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Did this trail today from Milner Pass Trailhead up to the Alpine Visitors Center and back down. The first part of the trail is steep through the forest, but once you get into the subalpine zone it starts to level out with fantastic panoramic views. Even though it was early August and warm at Milner Pass, it was really windy at the top with a temperature of 44 according to the visitor center weather station. So be ready for changing weather conditions. According to the the NPS the total trip is 8 miles with 1038 feet of elevation Gain.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Best hike ever.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The trail is well marked and maintained. The elevation change is about 1,000 feet per mile (way down = loss of 4,000 ft; way up = gain of 4,000 ft). It offers some very nice views along the way.

Remember that the temperature difference from top to bottom can be rather drastic, pack accordingly.

9 months ago

11 months ago

recorded RMNP

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