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
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 firstands 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, follow the trail along the west side
of the lake.
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