Peak:  Capitol Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge from Capitol Lake
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  Iman86
 Date of Info:  06/03/2012
 Date Posted:  06/04/2012

We climbed Capitol Peak yesterday from Capitol Lake. There is some snow on the last 1-1.5 miles of the approach, but snowshoes are not needed. The trail up to the saddle is bare and easy to follow.

Once on the other side there is a ton of snow. We used crampons and climbed directly up to the ridge on the East side of K2.

From k2 on there is minimal snow with only a few short traverses. We did not use crampons again and you could likely get by without an axe. The route from the knife edge on is about 90% snow free.

I have a ton of pictures if anyone has any questions just shoot me a PM. Thanks.

 Comments or Questions

06/04/2012 14:50
Did you do this in one monster day or two?

I Man

06/20/2012 13:38
we did it in 2, and even that was long. We did the 5.5 mile approach hike Saturday afternoon. It took 9 hours round trip from Camp on Sunday and then we packed out. The route could be done in one long day in summer conditions, but its worth it to camp at the lake.

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