Capitol Peak (Colorado)
Capitol Peak, from Capitol Lake
|Elevation||14,130 ft (4,310 m) NGVD 29|
|Prominence||1,730 ft (530 m)|
Colorado 4000 meter summits
|Location||Pitkin County, Colorado, U.S.|
|Topo map||USGS Capitol Peak|
|First ascent||1909 by Percy Hagerman and Harold Clark|
|Easiest route||Northeast "Knife" Ridge: exposed Scramble, class 4|
Capitol Peak is the thirty-second highest mountain in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Elk Mountains in southern Pitkin County west of Aspen, within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. It lies on the long ridge connecting the heart of the Elk Mountains with Mount Sopris to the northwest. Capitol Peak is notable for its impressive vertical relief, rising nearly 9,000 feet above the Roaring Fork Valley.
Capitol Peak is one of the most difficult of Colorado's fourteeners to climb. The only non-technical route, the Northeast Ridge, requires crossing the famously exposed "Knife Edge," the northeast ridge of Capitol. Fatalities have occurred on this route. Other routes require technical rock climbing, for example, the Northwest Buttress Route (Grade IV, Class 5.9). These routes have significant rockfall danger due to a great deal of loose rock; however the rock is substantially more solid than on the more famous Maroon Bells or on Pyramid Peak.
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- Borneman, Walter R.; Lyndon J. Lampert (1992). A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Pruett Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87108-751-0.
- Photo Journal of a trip up Snowmass Mountain and Capitol Peak
- "Capitol Peak". Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
- "Northeast Ridge from Capitol Lake". Capitol Peak. 14ers.co. Retrieved 2008-11-30.