“A well-marked and developed run to the summit with great views back down Ute Pass.
— Craig Loerzel
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You cannot park at the trailhead. Either park in the downtown area or in the little dirt parking area at the corner of Olathe Street and Ute Pass Ave. Then run up to the trailhead.
The map I will be referring to is a paper map available in the center of town. Both from local restaurants (like The Pantry) and from a big wooden sign describing local community events and trails at the corner of Ute Pass Ave and Lake Street.
This summit trail is simply called "Mt. Dewey Trail". The current paper map is older and not accurate as they have worked to eliminate social and horse trails, and in doing so, changed the course of the trail slightly, mainly near the top. But you do not need the map as this is very well marked and easy to follow and is marked with blue circles. So it is my assumption, and it very well may be inaccurate, that the names "Old Mt Dewey" and "New Mt Dewey" that are on the paper map
, are going to become obsolete. This is based upon the new signage on the actual trails.
This trail section makes for a good workout as it's steep, but there really aren't any difficult obstacles, so little kids could do it. Any side trails are easily identified because they are small and overgrown, so you really can't get lost.
Once at the top, there is signage marking the "Summit". Stop here and take some pics! If you head just north from the summit there is a fork in the trail. The right fork is well worn but not identified at this point (we didn't run that yet) but on the paper trail map, this looks to be the "Old Mt Dewey" that connect with "Horseshoe".
The left fork is also well worn and it is marked as "Bratton Trail
", which is also well marked, and goes all the way to Catamount Falls Trail. They used a blue circle for the "Bratton Trail
The paper map is good as a general guide, but once you get to the trailhead, follow the signs. They have been working on these trails and continue to do so. Therefore an updated map is probably in the near future as well.