“Straight up from town to the Sundeck on top of Ajax!”
— Jason Smith
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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.
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.
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!
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
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.