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Backpacking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Boulder Ranger District

Quick Facts

Ute Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,500 Feet (3505 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 800 Feet (244 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,300 Feet (3749 Meters)
Length: 3.0 Miles (4.8 Kilometers) to the Continental Divide
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 803
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Empire, Nederland




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General Description

This trail intersects the James Peak Lake Trail approximately .5 miles form the trailhead. The Ute trail heads north past Little Echo Lake (11,185') then climbs a ridge and heads west on the ridgetop to the Divide. From here walk up the north ridge of James Peak or hike north along the Divide to Rogers Pass (11,860') where Rogers Pass Trail drops into the steep cirques of South boulder Creek drainage.

Directions from Rollinsville: Turn west onto the Rollins Pass Road about 6 miles to Tolland. Take the road to your left marked "Apex, Mammoth Gulch." The road is fairly rough, becoming a 4WD route after 1.5 miles. Park here and hike 3.5 miles to the trailhead or drive on the designated 4WD route.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Summer through Fall .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
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ICON Hiking & Walking Ute Trail
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