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Pitkin County trails: Buttermilk Bowls, Aspen

Getting there: Begin at the base of Buttermilk on the Tiehack side and start your ascent on the right side of the summer work road. Take a left at the fork on Oregon Trail. The trail will begin as a double track and become single, then end abruptly when it meets the Buttermilk Ski Area summer road. Continue on the road and make a left for the long climb. About a half mile past the Cliffhouse, you'll reach the top of the West Buttermilk ski lift, where you'll find the Buttermilk Bowls Trail.

Trail talk: From the top, take in views of Maroon Creek valley and Pyramid Peak. Portions are closed May 15-June 20 for elk calving season.

BUTTERMILK BOWLS LOOP

Distance: 8.8 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

The dirt: This loop is a steady grind with amazing singletrack on the descent. It's difficult because it's steep, but it's not overly technical, with 60 percent singletrack.

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GOVERNMENT TRAIL

Distance: 6.6 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

The dirt: This trail is typically ridden from Snowmass to Buttermilk, but can be ridden in the opposite direction for more climbing. It has several technical, rocky areas that require stream crossings.