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Ute Trail

Intermediate

Trail

4.8 mile 7.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,750' 838 m
Descent: -803' -245 m
High: 11,631' 3,545 m
Low: 8,888' 2,709 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 108% (47°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A popular trail between Beaver Meadows and Ute Crossing.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This is a very popular section of trail that can be used as an out-and-back or a shuttle (except during winter when US 34 is closed). The trail climbs to an elevation of over 11,600 feet and features beautiful high-alpine meadow.

You can start this hike from either the Ute Crossing Trailhead along Trail Ridge road or from the Upper Beaver Meadows area. It is mapped here starting from the Upper Beaver Meadows zone so it is a big ascent on the way out. From a three-way junction with Ute - Beaver Mountain Junction Trail and the Beaver Mountain Trail, start up Ute Trail.

Ute Trail starts climbing to the southwest before turning to the north and leveling out for a brief jaunt. The trail then climbs steeply up a gulch on the south side of Beaver Mountain for the next 1.8 miles. At Timberline Pass, just below Tombstone Ridge, the trail levels out significantly and stays that way as it traverses this beautiful 11,500+ foot ridge through a stunning high-alpine meadow. Views from this ridge are incredible as they are unobstructed by any trees.

Eventually, after about two miles on the ridge, you'll descend to Trail Ridge Road at Ute Crossing.

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Sep 6, 2019
Kyle Babson
Aug 13, 2019
Paula Mansholt
4.8mi
Jul 10, 2019
Bruna Azevedo
Sep 11, 2018
Jason Boak
Took way too long. Caleb had an episode after. 6.5mi
Sep 8, 2018
Thomas Spannuth
Jun 7, 2018
Joey Atkins
Apr 29, 2018
Austin Forte
Heading South from Beaver Meadows Trailhead. Travel along the Beaver Meadows - Ute Connector, which took about 1:15 to get to Ute Meadows. One coul… 5mi
Oct 21, 2017
Frank Soree
With Arnoud

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 11 votes

#2

in Moraine Park

#221

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#2

in Moraine Park

#46

in Colorado

#221

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5,675 Since Jan 15, 2015
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Photos

Lichen on granite boulder
Jan 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Valley River
Jan 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Ute Trail on Trail Ridge, Rocky Mountain NP CO
Jan 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Cairn along Ute Trail, Trail Ridge
Jan 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Ute Trail and cairn, Trail Ridge
Jan 15, 2015 near Estes Park, CO

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