ElevationAscent: 2,295' 699 m
Descent: -2,293' -699 m
High: 11,592' 3,533 m
Low: 9,481' 2,890 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A pleasant singletrack through the alpine with incredible views of Capitol Peak.”— Kevin Hadfield
Follow the Capitol Ditch Trail (#1963) which is one of the access points to climb Capitol peak and therefore sees considerable traffic, particularly on nice weekends in the Summer. This trail is also quite popular with horseback riders.
The trail initially contours along a high point looking down ~600' onto Capitol Creek on the left. After about 1 mile you cross the Maroon Bells-Snowmass wilderness boundary. There are a couple of open meadows punctuated by increasingly dramatic views of Capitol Peak and back toward the Roaring Fork Valley before you reach your crossing point of Capitol Creek.
Choose your own adventure for this crossing (expect higher water with spring runoff) and join the Capitol Creek Trail (#1961) on the other side. The trail continues through the forest and through a gate (close the gate after yourself) for about 2 more miles before a small creek crossing over a log bridge. The last mile or so is a steady ascent up to the meadows beneath Capitol and Mt. Daly and finally to Capitol Lake. There are tent camping sites designated in the fir trees up on the hill to your north, right while running in toward the lake.
There are many other runs and a couple of peaks that can be enjoyed from this point. You can also reverse course and enjoy a classic ~13 mile run. Have a ton of fun!
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Land Manager: White River National Forest - Maroon Bells