ElevationAscent: 5,337' 1,627 m
Descent: -5,339' -1,627 m
High: 14,120' 4,304 m
Low: 9,069' 2,764 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)
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“Regarded as Colorado's hardest 14er, Capitol Peak boasts stunning alpine views and climbing.”— Tyler Prince
Thus far in the 2017 season, five climbers have died attempting this route. Do not take it lightly.
Continue up Capitol Peak Trail to the K2-Daly saddle, and say goodbye to clear trail. Talus hop to K2, scramble to the Knife Edge, traverse, and then work your way along Capitol Peak's ridge to the summit. Much greater description can be found in the Capitol Peak Trail link.
Due to summer storms, it would be wise to be on top by 9 am, which means a 4-5 AM start from the lake or a 2-3 am start from the trailhead. If the weather looks bad before you cross the knife edge, just turn around. The mountain isn't going anywhere, and the rock here gets to be very slick!
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