Capitol Peak (Colorado)

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Capitol Peak
Capitol Peak CO.jpg
Capitol Peak, from Capitol Lake
Highest point
Elevation14,137 ft (4309 m) [1][2] NAVD88
Prominence1750 ft (533 m) [2]
Isolation7.44 mi (11.98 km) [2]
Coordinates39°09′01″N 107°04′59″W / 39.1502596°N 107.0829396°W / 39.1502596; -107.0829396Coordinates: 39°09′01″N 107°04′59″W / 39.1502596°N 107.0829396°W / 39.1502596; -107.0829396[3]
Capitol Peak is located in Colorado
Capitol Peak
Capitol Peak
LocationPitkin County, Colorado, U.S.[4]
Parent rangeElk Mountains[2]
Topo mapUSGS 7.5' topographic map
Capitol Peak, Colorado[3]
First ascent1909 by Percy Hagerman and Harold Clark[1]
Easiest routeNortheast "Knife" Ridge: exposed Scramble, class 4

Capitol Peak is a high and prominent mountain summit in the Elk Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 14,137-foot (4,309 m) fourteener is located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of White River National Forest, 8.7 miles (14.0 km) east by south (bearing 104°) of the community of Redstone in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States.[2][4][3]


Capitol Peak 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.[5]

Capitol Peak Knife Edge

Historical names[edit]

  • Capital Peak
  • Capitol Peak - by Hayden Survey who thought it looked similar to the U.S. Capitol building[1][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Walter R. Borneman; Lyndon J. Lampert. A Climbing Guide To Colorado's Fourteeners (2 ed.). p. 145. ISBN 0871087510.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Capitol Peak, Colorado". Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Capitol Peak". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved October 19, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Capitol Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Dawson, Louis W., II (1994). Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Volume 1. Blue Clover Press. ISBN 0-9628867-1-8.

Further reading[edit]

  • Borneman, Walter R.; Lyndon J. Lampert (1992). A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. Pruett Publishing Company. ISBN 0-87108-751-0.

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