On a beautiful Saturday morning a group of four girls looking for an adventure set out for a 12.8 mile hike to Capitol Lake. This hike is very popular with backpackers looking to summit one of Colorado’s most difficult fourteeners, Capitol Peak (14,131ft), but we decided to make it a day trip to the lake, and leave the summit for another time.
The view from the parking lot, Capitol looking beautiful in the distance.
After a 600ft descent into the valley in the first half mile, we waded through Capitol creek to get to the other side of the trail. On the way back we found a sign for the trail thrown in the grass and pointed in the direction of a bridge. For the record, I did put it back in the place for other people not to get confused, here’s a proof: 🙂
Left for the bridge, right if you want to get your feet wet like we did 🙂
The trail goes through beautiful aspen groves, meadows, spruce-fir forests and a lot of cow poop.
A couple miles in we had our first animal encounter:
Quickly to realize there was nothing to be afraid of 🙂
Sara got a bit too excited and started chasing cows around…
Zoe even spotted a four leaf clover!
Capitol Peak is famous for its hard summit, the ridge called Knife’s Edge.
Plenty of obstacles on the trail.
Yoga sessions with the view
We encountered the crew from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative working on the trail. Big thanks to them for all of their hard work!
A lot of marmots to be found on this trail. We also saw a pika and a weasel!
Stunning views of Capitol Peak rising over the lake
The ladies crew
Zoe went for a swim in the freezing cold Capitol lake
The way back was as spectacular as hiking in
BTW, they have to clarify this incident/encounter sign. Was it an incident or an encounter? Makes a big difference.
For more information about this trail and how to get there, check out the links below: