Getting ThereFrom I-70 take exit 205 North at Silverthorne. Drive approximately 12.5 miles and turn right (East) on Ute Pass Road. Drive approximately 5 miles until you reach the summit of Ute Pass. Park here.
RouteFrom Ute Pass head over to the signs and head south into the forest on the Ute Pass Trail. There will be a sign for the "Ute Pass Trailhead." You will be hiking through the forest until you get above treeline. Not far along the trail you will have to turn right at an intersection. There is a tree with an arrow to point this out. You will continue to climb up to about 10,200+ feet. You will then drop below 10,000 feet before gaining elevation again. About 2.5 miles from the start you will hit a T-intersection. Turn right. This is where the elevation gain really starts. You will have about 2,400 feet of elevation to gain over the last ~3.2 miles to the summit. Most of this is over the next 1.5 miles.
Trailhead elevation: ~9580'
Net Elevation Gain: Approx 2,730 ft
When to ClimbUte Peak can be climbed year round. During the snow season it will definitely be a snowshoe.
Camping & Red TapeThere is no red tape to hike Ute Peak!
White River National Forest
Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205. Travel north on HWY 9 for approximately 6 miles. The campground is on the right side of the highway. It is called Blue River Campground.
Reservations: First-Come, First-Serve
Open Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Restroom: Vault Toilets
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