14,130 ft / 4,307 m

#40 in Colorado

#72 in United States


1,730 ft / 527 m

#83 in Colorado

#1,176 in United States


30 summits

#78 in Colorado

#910 in United States

Top climbing months

August   40%

July   33%

September  16%


  • 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.
1 summit • 18.2 mi • 5,504 ft gain • 11 hr 24 min