Didn't disappoint. Still tons of snow on the standard route and didn't bring traction/ice axe so I successfully scrambled up the walls to the right to connect with the infamous ridge. Pretty fast that way too. Use your best judgement!
Great day. Excellent partners.
Hiked at some point in the early 2000s as a 2-day backpack.
Waking up to a good coating of new snow on Capitol was a beautiful albeit intimidating site from my camp site. My buddy Greg rolled into camp sometime in the middle of the night and we got started hiking around 8 am. We caught up to several parties once above Capitol Lake on the ridge towards K2. They were all turning back after looking at the snow covered knife edge. We carefully proceeded and worked our way up to the top. A couple other groups followed in our footsteps. Awesome hike and tremendous views on this crystal clear day.
Climbed 14,130 ft. Capitol Peak located in the Elk Range, known as Colorado's toughest 14er. Started around 2 AM from the Capitol Creek trailhead and hiked on the ditch trail over 7 miles to reach Capitol Lake. At 4:30 AM was within 50 feet of a black bear while hiking in the dark, but luckily the bear ran away. Started climbing the northeast ridge route up the K2/Mt. Daly saddle around 6AM and negotiated my way slowly up towards 13er K2. After summiting K2 at 9:30 AM I downclimbed class 4 rock onto the K2/Capitol Peak saddle. From here I had to cross the infamous "Knife Edge", the crux of the route. The Knife Edge is a exposed rock section with 3000 ft. cliffs on each side. After the knife edge I had to climb class 3/4 exposed rock sections and gain a ridge to reach the summit. Most of this climbing was dangerous, a fall in these sections would be the end. Some of the rock slabs were loose, and climbers above could accidentally kick rocks onto climbers below. I made the summit of Capitol Peak at 1100 AM. Unfortunately the only way down was back the way I came up. Plenty of exposed rock to downclimb. Rocks were plummeting down the sides of the mountain as I slowly made my way back towards K2. It was slow going. In one day, 17 miles completed with 5,300 ft. of elevation gained. The climb took about 15 1/2 hours. Glad to be done with Capitol Peak. It was a beautiful hike and climb but it was dangerous. 14er #32!
Long, hard day but one of the best climbs I've done to date! This was my 14er finisher and there couldn't have been a better peak to finish on.
This was my final Colorado 14er. climbed with Dustin Kelly. The most difficult of them all in my opinion.
This peak really is everything you can ask for in a Colorado mountain: power and grace from afar, burly and physical close up. I thought the most technically challenging move was the slabby flake step coming off K2. Knife edge definitely got my attention, but as they say - at least it's solid, unlike most of the rest of the mountain. Stuck just below the ridge leaving the Daly saddle - some down sloping spookiness for sure! Returned via the basin which still held plenty of snow - ax certainly put to use! The stanky cattle made me run for brisket in Aspen afterward - out of revenge I suppose. Nasty, but they're plenty timid if you just tell them to get the $&@! Out of the way! Jaimee rocked it today!
One day push with my younger brother. Great day overall!
Backpacked up and camped near the lake. Despite a little rain early in the morning, we were able to summit. The kinfe edge was a lot of fun but not that difficult, the scetchy part comes after that.
A fun mountain!
Great mountain, great climb, ridge was sweet!
Backpacked in through the rain on Aug. 1st. Started the climb at about 5:30 a.m. on the 2nd. Clouds soon rolled in. Made it to K2 and waited a while before deciding to turn back, not wanting to to do final approach in fog and damp rock. With our luck, of course, the skies began to clear about a half hour after beginning descent. Turned into a nice day after that. Will have to go back.
Solo. Was able to run most of the way to and from Capitol Lake, climbed before going in to work at Aspen Valley Hospital. I was surprised there were so many people on the route today. K2 was fun: classic view of Capitol. I thought the "Knife Edge" was not very intimidating, but I'd never try it if it were wet. Route finding afterwards was tricky at times.
CO classic for sure!
solo dayhike from Capitol Creek which was a beautiful trailhead. One of the most scenic approaches with the peak. The cows were a nuisance and unexpected!! Gorgeous area, minus the cows. I'm afraid of cows. Scrambling was great and keeps you on your toes. Scenic knife edge. Had the whole peak to myself!
Used the Capitol Creek Ditch Trail. Loved the knife edge, hated the loose face below the summit..
Great team of climbers
I climbed this mountain the day before I left Colorado, it was probably the best way to say good bye to the Rockies.
A great night at Capitol Lake, leading to a fun and successful summit. Great weather for a climb.