1.7 miles
299 ft
-842 ft
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Buttermilk Bowls Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
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  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
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  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #86337 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #75445 in Trail Running
    • #68782 in Hiking

Connects top of Buttermilk Mountain ski area to the Government Trail. Typically accessed by riding up Buttermilk's summer work road. Awesome views along the trail make it worth the ride, but unsustainable fall line portions keep this trail from being a true local's favorite.

This route is also known as the Sugar Bowls for the area's winter snow characteristics.

RFMBA has been working with the WRNF to have this unsustainable route rerouted as soon as possible. The trail's rating will hopefully increase from two stars to five stars upon completion The trail is currently ridden from Buttermilk to Government Trail, but the re-route should allow for travel in both directions.

From the top of the West Buttermilk ski lift (at the very top of the ski area's dirt summer work road), find the trail just behind the warming cabin. Climb steeply until you meet the ridge, where the trail turns right. The trail rolls along the ridge with huge views and occasional cliff exposure on your left. Eventually, the ridge starts descending to the open Bowls meadows, requiring a steep hike a bike section before joining rutted fall line sections of trail.

Once in the Bowls, the trail drops to the right, through the middle of the meadow, where you'll pass an old stock pond before entering a beautiful aspen grove. The trail continues straight down until it terminates with the Government Trail. Left will take you to Snowmass, and right will take you back to Buttermilk and Aspen.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Buttermilk Bowls mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -543 ft
  • Altitude min
    9,346 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,097 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,889 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,346 ft
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,263 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    933 ft
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      Aug 21, 2022 @ 3:21pm
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      • 15 miles avg distance
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