Peak:  Capitol Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  ericd01
 Date of Info:  08/08/2020
 Date Posted:  08/22/2020

12hr Capitol Peak in the summer, a fine class-4 alpine day-hike probably not for everyone. The 3-mile Ditch trail is a nice in-the-dark early warmup. Similarities to nearby Snowmass trail: accessible parking, grassy aspen ascent, creeks to cross, and a free ranging cattle gate to close behind you. Found the NE ridge route over-exaggerated. The talus fields were clear of ice and offered many route variations. Watch out if directly downclimbing up and over K2 as it cliffs out into an abyss. Gloves were more appropriate than micro spikes. Helpful trip times: 3hrs to Capitol Lake basin, 2hrs to K2, 1.5hrs to summit. Descent 5.5hrs. Streams are low. Cheers!

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