Capitol Creek Trail

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Capitol Creek Trail is a 16.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snowmass, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.6 miles
5229 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




horseback riding

rock climbing




wild flowers

Directions from Aspen: Drive 14 miles west on Highway 82 to Old Snowmass and turn left. Continue 2 miles to the T intersection. Take the right turn 5 miles until the pavement ends. Follow the dirt road about 3 miles to the trailhead. The last mile is on a 4WD road. If you don't have 4WD, park in the BLM meadow on the right approximately 2-1/4 miles below the trailhead. The road does continue past the Capitol Lake Trailhead and climbs very steeply to the Hell Roaring Trailhead. The road is slick when wet.

14 days ago

Hiked 5/30. No cows present on trail since it was early season. Impressive alpine views. I experienced 60+ mph winds with falling trees. Big nature! Last mile to the lake is almost impossible to follow with deep snow covering the trail.

7 months ago

Day hiked to the lake Thursday, 10/12/17. Out and back 7.5 hours. Beautiful trail. Last two miles to the Lake were difficult due to the 1 to 3 feet of snow drifts and ~40 mph winds. Overall very happy with the hike and views.

10 months ago

Excellent hike and beautiful lake

11 months ago

Still a good amount of snow present at 10,300 ft amsl on the switchbacks. Beautiful hike.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Amazingly awesome hike! It's going to take you 3 hrs to get to the lake and 3 hrs to down hike but it's worth it! The tough part of this hike is the last 2 miles of the hike in and the last mile of the down hike because you end the hike by going back up the switch backs up to the parking lot.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Amazing just don't camp in cow pastures and you'll enjoy every bit of it.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hiked as part of a Capitol-Snowmass loop. Far too many cows are allowed on this range. The trail was fine when it was dry, but it was raining on the way back and I would get caught between cows with visiting calves and the mother of the visitor. The cows move down the trail, turning mud and pies into a slick mess. Once out of the grazing range, it is fine. The views open up and there are columbines. The lake is great. The trail is a little less obvious on the other side of the pass, but still easy to follow.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

An awesome trail up Capital Creek to Capital Lake and beyond if you want. We backpacked to the lake and camped there, and did a day hike farther up the trail.The scenery is awesome, the lake sits right under Capital Peak and Mt. Daley can be seen from the lake also. The trail follows Capital Creek and is mainly in the aspens most of the way. After the aspens you are in the forest before you break out in the open at tree line, the lake is farther, under Capital Peak.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016