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Photos de Capital Creek Loop to Haystack Mountain

Distance: 38.6 miles Dénivelé: 12,214 feet Type d'itinéraire: Boucle

chiens en laisse

randonnée sac-à-dos

camping

randonnée

activités en pleine nature

balade

ornithologie

forêt

lac

vue panoramique

fleurs sauvages

faune

randonnée sac-à-dos
arbres tombés
couvert de végétation
effacé
neige
rocheux
5 months ago

What an awesome trail. This route was gorgeous throughout its entirety. My two favorite spots have to be the view you get after you peak the first pass after Capitol Lake looking into a beautiful bowl of mountains, and the views of Snowmass Lake at Sunrise. The trail is really punishing, as well, so make sure you're in good shape. I want to emphasize that. I would also say that trekking poles are an absolute must-have, both to save your knees, and to keep you safe on some of the highly exposed switchbacks like the ones approaching Trail Rider's Pass from the West. We were lucky and had very little snow to cross in general so late in the season. There was a thigh high, rushing river crossing when we passed through Snowmass Creek to head west towards Haystack mountain at the end of the trip, so bring good water shoes/chocos. Mosquitoes sucked any time we camped near water, so be ready for that - we actually threw on thick layers to keep them from biting because they were relentless. The trail was tough to impossible to find in a few parts towards the end, so make sure you're handy with a compass/map, or better yet, get a GPS. At the very least, get GaiaGPS on your phone and download the route beforehand. A last note - this page shows the trail at 38 miles, but my group clocked us in closer to 55 miles for the trek, no detours. We did it in 5 days.

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