Buttermilk Bowls Trail
ElevationAscent: 216' 66 m
Descent: -697' -213 m
High: 10,087' 3,075 m
Low: 9,402' 2,866 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“Great views, beautiful forest and open meadows, but unsustainable trail quality. a.k.a. Sugar Bowls”— Mike Pritchard
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.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Local Club: Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association
Land Manager: USFS - White River National Forest Office