This album is a collection of my photos from my hike to Capitol Lake in August, 2009. I included some but not all of these photos in my trip report Sensory Overload in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
. I created this album to organize all of the photos from that hike in one location.
The hike to Capitol Lake is a wonderful dayhike, with stunning scenery from start to finish. Using the Capitol Ditch Trail it is approximately a 6 mile hike to Capitol Lake with roughly 2,000 feet of elevation gain. The Capitol Creek Trail can be used as well (the trailheads are less than a 1/4 mile away from each other). Using the Capitol Creek Trail both out and back will result in having to make a 500 foot climb up from Capitol Creek at the end of the hike.
Besides hiking to Capitol Lake, we also hiked up to the Daly/Capitol saddle. The album includes photos taken from the climber's trail as well as photos taken from the saddle. While the climber's trail is a little steep, the climb to the saddle is well worth it! The views down to Capitol Lake and to the ridgelines beyond are quite beautiful.
To access the trailhead, follow the directions found on the Capitol Peak