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Pitkin County Colorado Hiking Trails

Upper Capitol Creek Trail #1963

White River National Forest

Popular with hikers, horseback riders and climbers, the heavily used 7.3 mile Upper Capitol Creek Trail provides access to Avalanche Creek Trail #1959, West Snowmass Trail, Capitol Peak, and Mt. Daly. Upper Capitol Creek Trail begins moderately along the ditch for 1 mile, then through aspen & fir stands for another mile before opening up. Descending down to Capitol Creek, the trail crosses over and meets up with Capitol Creek Trail.

Good camping spots are available at this point. At the 6 mile point the trail switchbacks to a double log crossing. Another 0.5 mile brings the trail to it's 2nd crossing of the stream.  The last campfire sites are located in the fir stands on the right 1/3 mile from this crossing. Stove sites are available on the knolls to the right about 50 yards before the Mt. Daly Trail. Camping is not allowed in the meadows or within 200' of Capitol Lake. Continue along the trail to Capitol Lake. Follow the trail along the west side of the lake to reach the pass and Avalanche Creek Trail.

To reach Upper Capitol Creek Trail from Aspen Colorado, travel west along Highway 82 for 14 miles to Old Snowmass and turn left. Continue along Old Snowmass for 2 miles and turn right at the "T" intersection. Travel 5 miles until the pavement ends. Continue along the dirt road for about 3 miles to the trailhead. The last mile is on a 4WD road. The trailhead is located past the Capitol Lake Trailhead but shares the same parking area.

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