Capitol Peak Climber's Log

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Globetrotter_87 - Sep 6, 2022 6:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2022

Finisher!  Sucess!

A little over 14 years after climbing my first 14er in Colorado (Pikes Peak on June 21, 2009), I finished with a solo climb of Capitol as #58.

rbuswold - Oct 2, 2020 1:28 pm Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2020

Capitol Peak, Car-to-Car  Sucess!

Long day out!


xDoogiex - Sep 4, 2020 7:15 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2020

#31  Sucess!

Loved and had no issue from K2 to the summit and back. That talus/boulder field from the saddle to K2 was hell for me there and back. Especially back.


ToTheHeights - Aug 18, 2020 8:13 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2020

Perfect day  Sucess!

08/18/20 w/Cory Martin. Beautiful day up on Capitol. No wind, perfect temps. Super fun scrambling, not as scary or difficult as advertised


ericd - Aug 13, 2020 7:28 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2020

13hr Day Climb  Sucess!

Many blogs "cry wolf" and deter climbing Capitol Peak but found this to be a fine class-4 alpine hike. The 3-mile Ditch trail is nice to wake up to at 4 am. Felt similar to nearby Snowmass with accessible parking, free ranging cattle, grassy hills, and aspen forests . NE ridge route above the talus fields was clear of ice. Watch out if directly downclimbing K2 as it cliffs out. Gloves were more appropriate than micro spikes. Helpful trip times: 3hrs to Capitol Lake basin, 2hrs to K2, 1.5hrs to summit. Descent 6hrs. Streams are low. Excellent 14'er!


Walkoutnow - Aug 4, 2020 5:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2020

Great adventure  Sucess!

Did a two day backpack. Would recommend staying an extra day to enjoy the area as it is an absolutely amazing area. Climb was great fun. Will do it again at some point. Highly recommend, just be prepared mentally and physically. Enjoy!


triyoda - Sep 10, 2019 7:51 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2019

Hardest 14er  Sucess!

This one was fun, glad I waited until I was ready. Definitely consistently harder than Little Bear or Pyramid. Just me and one other party (climber and guide) on the route, it was nice to get some solitude and climb my own climb.


Harvest - Aug 26, 2019 7:52 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2019

NE Ridge  Sucess!

Ascent of the Northeast Ridge. Party of 2.


yadahzoemtn - Feb 2, 2019 3:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2018

Difficult Peak   Sucess!

Do this one with seasoned mountaineers. With Ling, Scott, and Michael


McCannster - Jan 7, 2019 7:08 am Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2019

Winter ascent via knife-edge  Sucess!

Powdery snow, nice weather, engaging climbing, a real workout! Approached via snowshoes from W Snowmass, camped near small pond below Moon Lake, summit and hiked out second day. Full value!


eli.boardman - Dec 27, 2018 11:50 am Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2018

Solo overnight at Capitol Lake, standard route  Sucess!

Weathered a big thunderstorm in new 1-man tent at Capitol Lake; sunrise from K2 and solo summit the next morning


Moogie737 - Sep 4, 2018 9:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2018

Northeast Ridge  Sucess!

#1 8-30-18 W/ Ling, Scott & Lana. Long day, good weather and very satisfying to stand on the summit after having this daunting beast on my radar for several years. Thanks to my climbing partner for thoughtful input and positive company. We found most of the cairns after the knife edge quite helpful.


marciamallow - Aug 5, 2018 2:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012

Bluebird day!  Sucess!

Great day, awesome climb!


Wheelbarrow - Feb 6, 2018 12:26 am Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2017

#36 Easily done in a day if you don't mind hiking in a cow pie river  Sucess!

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!


skorpeo - Dec 14, 2016 12:08 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2015

wow  Sucess!

Great day. Excellent partners.

utclimber - Oct 16, 2016 5:09 pm

Capitol Peak  Sucess!

Hiked at some point in the early 2000s as a 2-day backpack.


scgrant - Nov 30, 2015 7:38 pm Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2015

Capitol Peak  Sucess!

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.


Kessler - Oct 29, 2015 11:13 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010

Capitol  Sucess!



Onager - Sep 7, 2015 2:29 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2015

Capitol Peak NE Ridge  Sucess!

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!


DanielL - Oct 2, 2014 7:55 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2014

14er Finisher!  Sucess!

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.

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