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Butterline

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An easy, modern, bike-optimized trail that follows gentle grades to connect towards Sky Mt. Park.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Singletrack

7,917' 2,413 m

High

7,800' 2,378 m

Low

59' 18 m

Up

122' 37 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

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Family Friendly This is a relatively flat trail for this area. Wide tread makes it easy to put a foot down. Optional features along the trail can help to build skills. A nice short out and back (2.3 miles total).

Description

Use this connector trail when starting your ride at Buttermilk Ski Area's main parking lot and heading towards Airline Trail and the rest of Sky Mt. Park's trail system. Better yet, find your way from downtown Aspen along the Midland trail, Marolt Open Space connector, Moore Open Space trail, and Oregon Trail, before dropping down to the parking lot area using Buttermilk Mountain Summer Work Road.

The trail generally follows the alignment of a historic ditch that is parallel to Owl Creek Rd., the Owl Creek Trail (paved bike path), and the Airport runway. You'll encounter oak brush, sage meadows, and good views. While the alignment is close to the busy roadway, you don't see the road as much as you might expect from looking at the map.

The trail features a few short climbs, a few sweeping turns, some fun grade reversals, and a number of rocks that can be used as jumps or drops.

At the northern end of the trail, be very careful when crossing Owl Creek Rd. to join the Owl Creek Trail. The roadway is frequently busy with high-speed traffic.

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Shared By:

Mike Pritchard

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 5 votes

#11

in Aspen

#6698

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#11

in Aspen

#634

in Colorado

#6,698

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Photos

Recap of the 1st annual WEDŪ ASPEN FIFTY in Aspen, Colorado.
Mar 22, 2017 near Aspen, CO
Heading north, crossing the one bridge on the Buttermilk Connector.  Aspen Mt. is in the distance on the left.
Nov 4, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
A mini table top is one of many skill building features along the trail.
Nov 4, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
Buttermilk Connector - at base of Buttermilk, start near street at top edge of parking lot. Run parallel with runway.
Jul 6, 2016 near Aspen, CO

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Jul 4, 2016
Trace Nich
Jul 1, 2016
Trace Nich
First ride. Perfect to get you going. — 15h 15m