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Capital Peak camping/campfires?

Postby Cdwolf » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:35 pm

We plan on hiking Capital Peak in a couple of weeks. I am getting mixed answers everywhere I look. Are campfires permitted in the designated camping spots at Capital Lake?

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Re: Capital Peak camping/campfires?

Postby Presto » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:37 pm

No.
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Re: Capital Peak camping/campfires?

Postby wildlobo71 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:38 pm

There are no campfires allowed around the lake; about 1/2 mile below the lake you enter the numbered camping sites and there is a no burn policy after that sign. Below that sign I believe you can, and I did see a couple of campsites active below , back in the trees.
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Re: Capital Peak camping/campfires?

Postby Cdwolf » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:42 pm

Thanks everyone!

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Re: Capital Peak camping/campfires?

Postby tmathews » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:46 pm

wildlobo71 wrote:There are no campfires allowed around the lake; about 1/2 mile below the lake you enter the numbered camping sites and there is a no burn policy after that sign. Below that sign I believe you can, and I did see a couple of campsites active below , back in the trees.


The White River NF lifted all restrictions, but Pitkin County still has a stage 1 restriction in effect: http://pitkinemergency.org/fire-restrictions/pitkin-county-burn-ban/

Unless the campsites have a metal pit or grate, no fires are allowed right now.

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Re: Capital Peak camping/campfires?

Postby wildlobo71 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:50 pm

I swore I saw a posted sign about no fires around the lake - perhaps I am stretching that interpretation to the campsites as well... Either way, I was in campsite 8 3 weeks ago and there was no great evidence of a maintained ring.
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Re: Capital Peak camping/campfires?

Postby tmathews » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:52 pm

wildlobo71 wrote:I swore I saw a posted sign about no fires around the lake - perhaps I am stretching that interpretation to the campsites as well... Either way, I was in campsite 8 3 weeks ago and there was no great evidence of a maintained ring.


There could be, yeah. I haven't been back up there since 2010, but I remember the campsites near the lake were practically right at treeline so there weren't many trees to make a fire with, anyway.

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Re: Capital Peak camping/campfires?

Postby cheeseburglar » Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:05 pm

I'm pretty sure it's no campfires at the 8 designated spots up by the lake, but there is a fire ring at one of the overflow spots below the last headwall.
The Pitkin County fire ban might still be in effect.
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Re: Capital Peak camping/campfires?

Postby viejo » Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:45 pm

Standard regulations (from USDA site) non-inclusive of declared fire bans...

The following acts are prohibited:


3. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a campfire:

a) within one hundred feet of any lake, stream, or trail

b) within 1/4 mile of treeline or above treeline

c) within the entire Bear Creek drainage

d) within 1/2 mile of Crater Lake, and 1/4 mile of Conundrum Hot Springs, Copper Lake, Geneva Lake, Capitol Lake, Snowmass Lake, or Cathedral Lake

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