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    Buttermilk Mountain Trail

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    12.1 km
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    605 m
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    Buttermilk Mountain Trail

    The Buttermilk Mountain Trail is a fun hiking route in Aspen that will lead you up a ski hill for some beautiful views of the surrounding area. While out on the trail, you will navigate the winding paths that meander through the trees and lead up to the top of Buttermilk Mountain, where you will enjoy some lovely views overlooking Aspen. This may not be the most challenging route in the area, but it is a straightforward adventure with some great scenery as a reward.

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    Route Description for Buttermilk Mountain Trail

    If you are looking for an easy to navigate route in Aspen that features scenic views and terrain that isn’t overly challenging, then the Buttermilk Mountain Trail will be a great option. The route mostly utilizes service roads and ski runs, meaning that you will be able to reach the summit in a safe and relatively easy manner.

    Setting out from the parking lot, you will head northwest along the access road and pass by the bottom of the ski run on your left. After looping through the forest, the road will turn to the southwest and begin snaking up the mountainside. There isn’t much cover from the sun here, so be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.

    After reaching the summit of Buttermilk Mountain, you will enjoy some wonderfully scenic views overlooking Aspen and the surrounding mountains. Once you have taken in the views, you will descend the mountain to the northeast, carefully winding down the access road until you arrive back at the car park where you began your adventure.

    Getting to the Buttermilk Mountain Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Buttermilk Mountain Trail can be found at the Tiehack Mountain parking lot.

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