Ute is a hiking and horse trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 6,901 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 103 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings, information boards, a bbq, a shelter, restrooms, waste baskets, a picnic site, and an information guidepost.
Ute Professional Reviews and Guides
"From the east side of Flagstaff Mountain the panorama of the high plains, painted with the sprawling handiwork of man, spreads to the horizon. On the west side of the mountain the wildness of the snowy Indian Peaks, and the steep forested mountains that rise before them, stretches to the sky. This easy, well-maintained path offers thought-provoking looks at the complex urban / wildland interface as it circles the summit of one of Boulder's landmarks. This is an ideal hike for children, because it's not that difficult, the views are spectacular and the flora, fauna and geology of the area are described on interpretive signs along the trail."
--Tracy Salcedo, 12 Short Hikes in the Boulder Foothills (Falcon Guides).
"Find relative seclusion just minutes from downtown Boulder on this easy hike in the Sanitas Valley, with the Dakota Hogback forming a natural barrier between the parkland and an adjacent historic neighborhood. The Dakota Hogback, the first significant rise of the Rocky Mountains, is a fixture of the mountain backdrop along the Front Range. In Boulder the hogback is overshadowed by the Flatirons, but the rolling ridge gains prominence as you move north, beginning here in Sanitas Valley at the mouth of Sunshine Canyon. The hogback ridge forms the east wall of little Sanitas Valley, with Mount Sanitas forming the western border. The valley is narrow and sloping, watered by a seasonal stream and ditch, and site of wildflower blooms in spring and summer."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: Boulder (Falcon Guides).
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