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Ute Trail to Ajax Sundeck

 6 votes

3.1 Miles 5.0 Kilometers


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Singletrack

3,211' 979 m

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Descent

11,207' 3,416 m

High

7,996' 2,437 m

Low

20%

Avg Grade (11°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

Unknown

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Straight up from town to the Sundeck on top of Ajax!

Jason Smith

Overview

This is the quickest way to get the highest directly from town. Ute Trail goes through a beautiful forest and is the most pristine section of this hike. Ute is often crowded, so you might need to stop or slow down on the steep switchbacks. Most day-hikers turn back at the end of Ute.

Ajax Trail is a combo of singletrack & resort service road. You'll be hiking next to lifts / equipment, but the outing has great flow overall & the views just keep getting better.
Features: Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Off-leash

Need to Know

If the Silver Queen Gondola is running, you can download for free. Dogs are allowed to download, but must be leashed. Bring beer money for a cool one at the Sundeck!

Description

Power up the Ute Trail - the steepest part of the journey. Ute Trail ends at a small overlook. Punch it to the summit on the unsigned, but obvious Ajax Trail.

From the trailhead, punch it up numerous switchbacks. If you can hike this whole thing, you are in damn good shape because it's steep!l

Ute Trail delivers full value in just one mile. It ends at an overlook which consists of a break in the dense trees and a small plateau / rocky outcrop. Enjoy a stunning panorama of Aspen.

Continue on the trail after Ute Trail ends. Ute is by far the steepest part of the journey, so get into the flow & punch it to the top of Ajax. Bring beer money for a refreshment at the Sundeck restaurant, soak in the views & take the Silver Queen gondola right back to town.

Note that dogs are allowed to download the gondola, provided they are leashed. Be sure to check operating hours for the gondola in advance if you are looking for a ride down.

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Aug 24, 2017
Joe Franklin
3.1mi
Jun 26, 2017
Jen Paulus
Saw a bear at the bottom of the Govenor's Ridge lift. Steep entire way. Take gondola down. 3.1mi
May 28, 2017
Julio Mata
Sep 28, 2016
Franklin Falcon
Did the round trip with pilli.
Sep 16, 2016
Neil Gordon
1h 21m
Jul 17, 2016
Ozzie Arioc
Most challenging hike to date. Full stop. 3.2mi — 2h 05m
May 18, 2016
Victor Encinias
Great view when getting to the top, but we did run into a few issues of trail washing. We were not able to get up the to the gondola due to snow.

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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