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Capitol Ditch Trail (#1963)

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3.3 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 615' 187 m
Descent: -112' -34 m
High: 10,048' 3,063 m
Low: 9,476' 2,888 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A great trail linking into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Capitol Ditch Trail begins moderately along the ditch for one mile. It continues through aspen and fir stands for another mile and then opens up. The trail descends down to the Capitol Creek. You'll cross here and meet up with the Capitol Creek Trail. There are good spots for camping at this point.

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Aug 23, 2019
Chad Haven
Looped this trail out with capitol creek along the river back plus half mileish closer to lake. Crossed cold river with no shoes, Jackie 6 months preg

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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Looking south up Capitol Creek valley towards Capitol Peak.
Oct 24, 2017 near Snowmas…, CO
Capitol Creek intersecting Capitol Ditch (Upper) Trail as it meets with Capitol Creek Trail. Must walk through this icy creek to pass.
Jul 27, 2019 near Snowmas…, CO
Crossing the meadows of Capitol Ditch Trail
Jul 27, 2019 near Snowmas…, CO

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