My husband and I did the Ute Trail on our second day. Folks , this is a daunting ride. Most of the folks on this trail were twenty-something, lean and hard, moving at what appeared to me to be the speed of sound. One young lady said she did the trail every day. I tried to believe her. My husband is almost 70 and I am 64. We consider ourselves pretty fit and love to hike. Not only was the hike very difficult, but we had no reliable sources of information on the trail. Some of the young people would say "you are almost there, right around the corner". Wrong. Or , "just a small steep part and then it is easy meadows." They forgot to mention that the meadow went straight up! Folks, do not believe young adrenaline-infused hikers. But do the trail if you don't have a cardiac condition. Just plug away and you will get there. We made it to the top where the gondola is, and rode the Gondola back to town. We learned later that the change in elevation on that hike is approximately 3,000 feet, with the altitude at the summit of Aspen Mountain being 12,212 feet. The view is spectacular, and one feels like a conqueror upon reaching the top. Lots of rocks, very steep. Bring poles if you have them,
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