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Capitol Peak, Colorado

Capitol Peak's Elevation: 14,130 Feet

Capitol Peak's Rank Among Colorado's Fourteeners in Terms of Elevation: #29

Capitol Peak is located in the Elk Mountains

Capitol Peak requires a scramble

Best months for climbing Capitol Peak are July through September

Click here for a Mapquest map of Capitol Peak

Capitol Peak, with an elevation of 14,130 feet, is the 32nd highest peak in the state of Colorado. It's located in the Elk Mountains, west of Aspen and within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Many consider Capitol Peak the most difficult to climb of Colorado's Fourteeners. Most routes to the summit require rock climbing, and often on loose rocks which make for treacherous footing. The only route accessible to the non-technical climber (and fatalities have occurred along this route) requires a crossing of the exposed "Knife Edge," a ridge with steep drop-offs connecting Capitol Peak to nearby Mount Daly. This route still involves loose rock.

The standard route via the Capitol Creek Trail is considered very scenic, with great views of the Peak ahead. To reach this trailhead from Aspen, drive 14 miles west on Highway 82 to Old Snowmass and turn left. Continue two miles to the "T" intersection and take a right turn for a five-mile drive over pavement and three miles over dirt. Unless you have a 4WD vehicle, you'll have to park over two miles from the trailhead.


This page last updated 8/15/06

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