The Ute Trail
begins from Trail Ridge Road at an elevation of 11,466 feet and crosses about
1.8 miles of tundra before descending to its intersection with the Beaver
Mountain Trail at 9,044 feet. The trail leaves the pull-off area and makes
a gentle climb over a rocky path across the alpine tundra to the east and
southeast. You get tremendous views of the peaks and valleys to the south.
The trail begins a moderate climb after about a mile of level walking. Elk
are often seen grazing on the tundra in the early morning hours. After cresting
a hill, the trail makes a gentle decent toward some beautiful rock outcroppings.
The trail gets faint as you approach the steep descent to Ute Meadows. The
view of the valley below is quite spectacular.
The descent into the valley
is strenuous and rocky for about .8 miles. The slope lessens to a more moderate
pace as the trail passes through Ute Meadows. The trail continues its descent
through the forest before making a short, moderate climb and descending again
to its intersection with the Beaver Mountain Trail.
||4.4 miles (7.1 kilometers)
|9,031' - 11,688'
||Jun 15 - Nov 1
||Moderate to strenuous
||Low to moderate
||McHenrys Peak, Trail Ridge
||Upper Beaver Meadows,
Trail Ridge Road
No pets are permitted
|Suitable for mountain bikes:
||No (not permitted)
|Suitable for horses:
Ute Trail can be accessed from the Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead. Take Highway
36 about 1.2 miles from the Beaver Meadows Entrance to the Upper Beaver Meadows
Road (gravel). Follow this road about 1.4 miles to the Upper Beaver Meadows
Trailhead. There is room for 15 to 20 vehicles. There are restroom facilities
at this trailhead. Take the Beaver Mountain Trail for about 1.5 miles to the
You can access the west end
of the trail from Trail Ridge Road. There is a pull-off on the south side
of the road with room for 3 or 4 vehicles. Take Highway 36 from the Beaver
Meadows Entrance for about 13.1 miles to the pull-off.
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