Ute Trail to Ajax Sundeck
ElevationAscent: 3,211' 979 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 11,207' 3,416 m
Low: 7,996' 2,437 m
GradeAvg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“Straight up from town to the Sundeck on top of Ajax!”— Jason Smith
Ajax Trail is a combo of singletrack & resort service road. You'll be running next to lifts / equipment, but the outing has great flow overall & the views just keep getting better.
From the trailhead, punch it up numerous switchbacks. If you can run this whole thing, you are in damn good shape because it's steep!l
Ute Trail 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.
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Land Manager: White River National Forest - Maroon Bells