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Quick Facts

Capitol Creek Trail (via Avalanche Creek)

Average Time: 1 Days
Beginning Elevation: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,500 Feet (467.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters)
Length: 7.3 Miles (12.17 Kilometers) one way
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 1961
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Capitol Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Snow-covered Capitol Peak rises 14,130' out of the valley
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Snow-covered Capitol Peak rises 14,130' out of the valley
This trail starts 9 miles up Avalanche Creek trail and ends at the pass. It is another quarter mile down to Capitol Lake. The trail starts in conifers then opens up into alpine areas with wildflowers and fantastic views of Avalanche Creek. It may also be accessed from the Aspen District. It is used heavily by horse packers. Please give horses the right of way so they do not tear up the vegetation on the sides of the trail. Remember, this trail starts 9 miles up Avalanche Creek trail, and is another 1/4 mile to Capitol Lake, so it is 10 and 3/4 miles one-way to Capitol Lake from the Avalanche Creek trailhead.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel south on Hwy. 133 for 12.5 miles to Avalanche Creek. Turn left and proceed three miles along the road to the parking area at the far end of Avalanche Campground. The trail starts 9 miles up Avalanche Creek Trail. This trail is mainly used to connect Avalanche and Capitol Lake trails and can also be accessed from the Capitol Creek trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Mid-June through Early October (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Capitol Creek Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Capitol Creek Trail (Avalanche Creek Access)
ICON Horseback Riding Capitol Creek Trail
ICON Mountain Climbing Capitol Creek Trail

Related Activities
Capitol Creek Trail - A good backpacking trail with access to the Avalanche Creek Trail, West Snowmass Trail and Capitol Peak. This area is popular with horseback riders, hikers, and climbers.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 1102 Grand Ave. , Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 888-4GLENWOOD, www.glenscape.com


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