Capitol Peak

HARD 9 reviews
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Capitol Peak is a 15.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carbondale, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and backpacking and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

15.4 miles
5836 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



rock climbing



wild flowers



Near Snowmass and Aspen, CO, Capitol Peak is a 16.2 mile out and back along Capitol Creek. Trail ends at the saddle between the Peak and Mt Daly. The trail to Capitol Lake is 12 miles RT. Stunning lake and vista. Capitol Peak itself is a Class IV 14er for the experienced climber July-Sept.

9 days ago

Hiked in from the ditch trail to the lake at base camp. We went June 9, 2018 and encountered some snow fields across many of the switch backs at higher elevations. That night got well below freezing as we expected it might. Beautiful hike, although I would recommend going a bit later in the summer. If you hike the upper trail (ditch trail) bring mosquito spray, ditch water is stagnant an full of mosquitoes

7 months ago

While moving towards the trailhead you enter a aspen tree tunnel, and as it clears you are greeted by grand views of forest, creeks, and Capitol peak in the distance. The trail as some points I found a bit confusing to follow, due to cattle grazing trails in the area, but it is not hard to stay oriented in the direction you need to go. Beautiful open fields filled with flowers, delicious snow melt creeks, and towering rocks made this an unforgettable hike for me. I just went for the day, but it seems like a great place to stay overnight. Also the road to the trail was under-repair, so it may be nicely paved by now. Cheers

9 months ago

Tough hike, stated 5.5-6 miles to the lake seems MUCH longer but I guess not. If you don't enjoy steep ups and downs use Ditch TRAIL which cuts into Capitol a few miles in, not as much water for the dogs though.

9 months ago

This is my Favorite 14er so far amazing hike in to base camp. Nice gradual gain for carrying in all your gear to drop at camp. We summited the following morning leaving camp around 4:45 and Summiting around 9 am. The hike to the summit is not for the faint of heart very difficult and technical and has lots of loose rock. Crossing Knife Edge is the most talked about part, but I found it to be not as bad as the traverse across the back of the summit and climb up the ridge to the summit. All in all great hike and climb. I would recommend a 2 day trip as we did to make the summit round trip a success.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

This might be the most beautiful trail in Colorado. You DO NOT have to climb the peak to have an amazing time. The trail to Capitol Lake is 12 miles RT. The trail conditions are amazing. The hike is moderate with some ups and downs.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Awesome and beautiful hike. Very tough if not in shape. We rode horses and had to stop often as it is a pretty consistant climb. We didnt get to the 14er peak, but did the loop below and that was tough enough. Good trail for the most part. Great hike to get your heart pumping. Great views and plenty and streams to cross.

10 days ago

Wednesday, June 07, 2017