Capitol Peak

HARD 6 reviews
#42 of 176 trails in

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
6446 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

4 months ago

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.