Capitol Creek #1961
Adress: Snowmass, Colorado
ALERT: Due to recent bear activity, bear canisters [https://fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3848454.pdf] are required for all backpackers in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The Capitol Creek Trail descends steeply, losing 600 feet in elevation in the first 1/2 mile. The trail crosses Capitol Creek and bears to the right, paralleling the creek most of the way up the drainage. A sign marks the West Snowmass Trail [https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=40553] on the left at about 4 miles. At the 6 mile point the trail switchbacks to a double log crossing. In another 1/2 mile, the trail crosses the stream again. In the fir stands on the right, 1/3 mile from this crossing, are the last campfire sites. Stove sites can be found on the knolls to the right about 50 yards before the Mt. Daly Trail. Camping is not allowed in the meadows or within 200 feet of Capitol Lake. Continue on the trail to Capitol Lake. To reach the pass and Avalanche Creek Trail [https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=40669], follow the trail along the west side of the lake. View a downloadable trail description and map [https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd498431.pdf]. (.pdf) SAFETY: Remember climbing is dangerous, even deadly! Check out Colorado Fourteeners Initiative YouTube Channel [https://www.youtube.com/user/CO14ersInitiative] to learn more.