Capitol Peak Climber's Log

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dandrew - Aug 4, 2013 2:09 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2013

A late start would have been better

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.

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Aug 3, 2013 9:17 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2013

Capitol Creek, trail run  Sucess!

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!


Daria - Jul 29, 2013 4:41 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2013

Scenic, fun outing  Sucess!

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!


Hyadventure - Jul 11, 2013 4:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2013

Big A$$ Day Hike  Sucess!

Used the Capitol Creek Ditch Trail. Loved the knife edge, hated the loose face below the summit..


astroclimber - Jul 6, 2013 9:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2010

Great team  Sucess!

Great team of climbers

milan - Oct 21, 2012 5:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2012

Exposed  Sucess!

I climbed this mountain the day before I left Colorado, it was probably the best way to say good bye to the Rockies.

I like it on top

I like it on top - Aug 27, 2012 1:58 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2012

Standard Route  Sucess!

A great night at Capitol Lake, leading to a fun and successful summit. Great weather for a climb.


PhenomenalWoman - Aug 18, 2012 5:55 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012

Almost Doesn't Count

A late start and fatigue hampered efforts to reach the summit before the afternoon storms rolled in, leaving us 50 feet from success. The boulder field was excrutiating and I took a tumble on the way back to camp that gashed my hip, bruised my knee, and left my entire foot below the ankle purple....that said - I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS PEAK! Without a doubt the most fun I've had on any mountain. The Knife Edge was incredible and I can't wait to go back and try for the summit again.


er185005 - Aug 9, 2012 10:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2012

#5  Sucess!

Great solo climb up standard route.


cftbq - Aug 5, 2012 11:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012

the last hard one  Sucess!

Standard route. Long day. A long-anticipated accomplishment. Fourteener #51.


Eleutheros - Aug 4, 2012 8:49 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012

50 feet below the summit. Then... lightning.

A very poor night's sleep and sick climbing partner led to a late start and slow going. The ridge scrambling was some of the best in CO! So much fun. A stone's throw from the summit we turned back when dark clouds, lightning and rain threatened the summit. I kicked myself the whole way back to the car as the weather cleared... In conclusion, Capitol Peak is worth another climb. I'll be back! Next time I'll stick to the class 4 ridge route instead of dropping into that long, monotonous boulder field.


cftbq - Aug 6, 2012 8:57 am

Re: 50 feet below the summit. Then... lightning.

Hi! It was us you talked with just before getting back to the TH on Saturday. Sorry you guys had to turn around. Good luck on another try!

Rocky Alps

Rocky Alps - Jul 19, 2012 12:04 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2012

Capitol Creek Ditch Trail

A later than planned start (friends got caught behind a fire between Grand Junction and Rifle that jumped the freeway and closed I-70, causing them to not make it to their campsite near Carbondale until after midnight the previous night), not having time to acclimatize beforehand, some monster blisters that gave me bloody heels, and a rainstorm all complicated our Capitol day hike plans. As a result, we only made it to K2. My first bout with altitude sickness threw me off my game, and I decided that tackling the knife edge with a headache and dizziness probably wasn't a good idea. The views were phenomenal all throughout the hike, though. I definitely want to get back and try this one again. See "Pushing My Limits" trip report for details.


Kiefer - Jul 19, 2012 1:47 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2012

"Cleaver Buttress"  Sucess!

I VASTLY under-estimated the difficulty of this arete/buttress located on Capitol's eastern side...approached from Pierre Lakes Basin. We (ripper333 and I) concluded a rating of 5.8
Some spots were insanely exposed, the ridge direct is not possible unless you're a proficient 5.11-5.12 climber. We even had to rap a small section.
An INTENSE climb. Made the standard "Knife Ridge" a virtual sidewalk.

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Jul 11, 2012 10:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2012

Standard ridge  Sucess!

Very fun scramble. Knife edge no where near as bad as I was led to believe. Solid scramble. Did with Josh

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Jul 11, 2012 3:34 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2012

Great Scramble  Sucess!

Definitely one of the better scrambles of Colorado. The knife edge was easy going. The mountain itself is good to look at from Capitol Lake. I would recommend this peak to a friend traveling in the area.


blueshade - Jun 18, 2012 2:26 pm Date Climbed: May 11, 2012

Awesome Scramble  Sucess!

2nd attempt at Capitol due to a new snowfall late season last year.

Solo, long dayhike, about 18 hours door to door from GJ.

Didn't want to descend into the basin on the other side of the saddle, so figured what the hell? Climbed the ridge proper from the saddle for some great scrambling and some nice knife edge and exposure.

Capitol's NE ridge looked intimidating from K2 (as did the ridge to K2 itself, but none of it is as steep as it looks) and so avoided the ridge following cairned routes to the left. Turned out to be tedious and, in my opinion, unnecessary. Followed the ridge direct down almost the entire way, except for a small bypass on the steepest part a couple hundred feet below Capitol.

The upper reaches of Capitol is a scrambling fest where you can "choose your own adventure" and make it as easy or hard as you want.

Highly recommended but not for the faint of heart. New respect for CO peaks after a trip to the Sierras last year.


noahs213 - Jan 12, 2012 1:57 am Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2012

Winter Ascent  Sucess!

It ain't easy in winter. Whole different ball game. North Face looks really sweet with snow....inviting....


xpda - Oct 29, 2011 12:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 1997

Capitol  Sucess!


Ted Eliason

Ted Eliason - Oct 13, 2011 3:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2007

18 hr RT  Sucess!

A long day, but good early fall weather.

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