14,130 ft / 4,307 m


1,730 ft / 527 m


22 summits

Top climbing months

July   36%

August   27%

September  22%


  • Capitol Peak is a mighty Colorado 14er in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in the heart of the Elk Mountains.
  • The mountain bears a faint resemblence to the domed U.S. Capitol building.
  • Many regard Capitol Peak as the most difficult Colorado fourteener to climb.
  • The only non-technical route, the Class 4 Northeast Ridge, requires crossing the famously exposed "Knife Edge" and the K2 sub-peak.
  • Capitol Peak's north face is one of Colorado's biggest walls, offering a sheer 1,800 feet of technical rock climbing routes.
  • These routes have significant rockfall danger due to a great deal of loose rock; however the rock is substantially more solid than on the nearby Maroon Bells or Pyramid Peak.
"This was another great late season hike. The aspens had started to change along Capitol Creek. We had some ice on the rock before the sun came up on summit day, but it was manageable by the time we got to the knife edge. " - ChrisMeloche, Sep 13, 1998



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