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

Quick Facts

Ute Peak Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,890 Feet (2771.2 Meters) at Ute Peak Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,887 Feet (899.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,777 Feet (3671.1 Meters) at Ptarmigan Pass
Length, One-way: 15 Miles (25.0 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #107, Green Mtn Reservoir, Ute Pass #108 Vail, Frisco, Dillon
Trail Number: 24
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Ute Peak; Dillon

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Ute Peak Trail is a 15 mile trail which leaves from the Williams Fork Road (County Road 30), climbs up to the Williams Fork Ridge, and follows the ridge to Ptarmigan Pass. The trail is steep in parts below the ridge, however, once on the top the trail levels out. Water is not available on the ridge (other than by dropping down off the top) and users should be prepared for windy and cold conditions as well as the high altitude. The ridge offers excellent views of the surrounding mountains and the Continental Divide.

This trail can also be accesses from the Ute Pass Trail on the White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District, leading from the top of Ute Pass.

Directions from Granby: Travel west on Highway 40 approximately 14 miles to County Road 3/Forest Road 139. Travel south on Road 3/139 approximately 17 miles, passing Williams Fork Reservoir, to Forest Road 138. Go south on 138 approximately 5 miles to the trailhead on the west side of the road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Ute Peak Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Ute Peak Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Ute Peak Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Gore Range, Continental Divide, and other surrounding mountains.

Related Activities
Ptarmigan Pass Trail - The Ptarmigan Pass Trail, #35, is located south of Granby in the Williams Fork Valley. It connects the South Fork Trail, #21 to the Ute Peak Trail, #24.

South Fork Campground - South Fork Campground is located southwest of Granby in the Williams Fork area at an elevation of 8,940 feet.

Sugarloaf Campground - Sugarloaf Campground is located southwest of Granby in the Williams Fork area, at an elevation of 8,970 feet.

Ute Pass Trail - The Ute Pass Trail begins north of Silverthorne on Ute Pass and leads south toward Ute Peak.

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