This trail starts 9 miles up Avalanche Creek trail and ends at the pass. It is another quarter mile down to Capitol Lake. The trail starts in conifers then opens up into alpine areas with wildflowers and fantastic views of Avalanche Creek. It may also be accessed from the Aspen District. It is used heavily by horse packers. Please give horses the right of way so they do not tear up the vegetation on the sides of the trail. Remember, this trail starts 9 miles up Avalanche Creek trail, and is another 1/4 mile to Capitol Lake, so it is 10 and 3/4 miles one-way to Capitol Lake from the Avalanche Creek trailhead.
Copyright: USDA Forest Service
Snow-covered Capitol Peak rises 14,130' out of the valley
Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel south on Hwy. 133 for 12.5 miles to Avalanche Creek. Turn left and proceed three miles along the road to the parking area at the far end of Avalanche Campground. The trail starts 9 miles up Avalanche Creek Trail. This trail is mainly used to connect Avalanche and Capitol Lake trails and can also be accessed from the Capitol Creek trailhead.
Mid-June through Early October
(NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.)