Road and trail work planned on Capitol Lake trailhead and trail outside of Aspen |

Road and trail work planned on Capitol Lake trailhead and trail outside of Aspen

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is preparing to embark on one of its backpacker work projects Aug. 18 to 20.

The nonprofit organization usually schedules a project each summer that requires backpacking into it. This year’s project will be the Capitol Lake Trail.

“This three-day project will reconstruct, repair and restore damaged sections of the trail 2 to 6 miles in from the trailhead in this remote, alpine environment,” says the organization’s plug for the project. “Unplug and get your hands dirty by taking advantage of the opportunity to backpack into this stunning location.”

Roaring Outdoor Volunteers will supply lunches and dinner. Volunteers need to bring their backpacking gear, breakfast, snacks and all other personal gear.

The crew will be backpacking in Friday and out Sunday, with a full workday Saturday.

The project partners include the U.S. Forest Service, Wilderness Workshop and the Roaring Fork Horse Council.

To register, go to the volunteer group’s website at

The U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday it will start Capital Creek road improvements this week. Parking will be limited this week and next week due to a joint maintenance project with Pitkin County.

“Road crews and heavy equipment will be in the area to work on road improvements from the Forest Service boundary to the Capitol Creek Trailhead,” a statement said. “The road will be clear of crews and equipment for the weekend of Aug. 12-13.”

If no parking is available at the trailhead, visitors are asked not to park on the road. Instead they should travel down to the Hay Park trailhead or find an alternative. Other suggested hikes are Hay Park Trail, Government Trail, East Snowmass Trail, Maroon-Snowmass Trail or Pitkin County Open Space and Trails routes.

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