Ute Trail

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The Ute Trail #803 connects the James Peak Lake Trail #804 to the Continental Divide Trail. From the valley below James Peak, the Ute Trail heads north across the valley and Mammoth Creek. It climbs slightly for a half mile to Little Echo Lake. It continues northward, slanting up the side of the ridge before taking a sharp turn to the west as it gains the ridge top. On the ridge, the Ute Trail joins a closed road from Nebraska Hill. Three miles from Little Echo Lake, the trail reaches the Continental Divide. At this point, the Ute Trail swings back northward to follow the Continental Divide for about a mile to Roger’s Pass (elevation 11,860′). From here you can pick up the South Boulder Creek Trail #900.

Permit Info: No permits are required at this time.
Usage: Light
Best Season: June through October
Restrictions: James Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:

  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).

Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Closest Towns: Rollinsville, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Directions: From Rollinsville on Colorado Highway 119, turn west onto County Road 16 head and west for approximately five miles.At the town of Tolland, turn south onto Mammoth Gulch (County Road 4N).After 3.5 miles take a right onto National Forest System Road 353. This is a rough, native surface road and only high-clearance vehicles with four-wheel drive are recommended.Follow NFSR 353 west for 3.3 miles to James Peak Lake Trailhead.

Day Hiking

Destinations include James Peak, Little Echo Lake and James Peak Lake. This trail intersects South Boulder Creek Trail and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Fire Information:  Campfires are prohibited year-round.
Elevation desc All of this trail is on the alpine tundra, except for the southern end, where it winds among stunted trees near treeline for .8 miles.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Backpacking along Ute Trail is allowed in compliance with James Peak Wilderness regulations: campfires are prohibited year-round; campsites must be located at least 100′ away from lakers, streams, and trails; pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times; group size is limited to 12 people or people and livestock combined.


  • Trail Measurement: 5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 38°32'45.1"N
  • Compass Longitude: 106°00'05.2"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 38.545875
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.001437
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,383 to 3,780
  • Elevation in Feet: 11,100 to 12,400

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  • Trail Measurement
    5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
  • Compass Longitude
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  • Numeric Longitude
  • Elevation in Feet
    11,100 to 12,400
  • Elevation in Meters
    3,383 to 3,780
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