Camp on the Backside of Buttermilk Mountain

    Rate this Adventure 4 miles 2000 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Mike Fennell

    Hike up Buttermilk mountain and camp at one of the best hidden gems in the Aspen area. Enjoy epic views of the iconic Pyramid Peak, Maroon Creek Valley, and the rest of the Elk Mountain Range while perched high upon a cliff at a perfectly situated campsite.

    Park at the Buttermilk Ski Area parking lot and begin your hike up the mountain at the bottom of the Summit Express chair lift. Follow the 4x4 dirt road the entire way up Buttermilk. There are other small hiking trails that you can follow too, and with the entire mountain being a ski area, it's simple enough to follow any of the ski runs uphill in the summer. However, if you want to keep it simple, stay on the 4x4 dirt road that the maintenance vehicles use and it will take you all the way to the top of the Summit Express chair lift. This part should take you 60-90 minutes depending on your fitness level.

    Once at the the top of Summit Express chair lift, find another 4x4 dirt road heading uphill to the West that will take you to the top of West Buttermilk Express chairlift. This part is about a 20 minute hike.

    From the top of West Buttermilk Express chair lift, you'll find a hiking trail to the South behind the warming hut. Continue along this trail as it traverses uphill through aspen groves until it comes to an end at the camping site about 10-15 minutes later. It's tough to miss with there being a bench, fire-pit, and a cool looking dead tree perched at the edge of the cliff overlooking Maroon Creek Valley. Wake up for sunrise and watch the mystical Pyramid peak radiate in alpenglow!

    Campsite coordinates: 39.1758857, -106.8833701

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