Peak:  Capitol Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  PikaSteve
 Date of Info:  09/24/2020
 Date Posted:  09/25/2020

Most recent snow has mostly melted from standard route. All remaining snow can be easily avoided except for north facing slope of K2 âœeasiest wayâ. For K2 downclimb, you can angle right to meet up with âœeasiest way❠at prominent cairn where bypass crosses from north facing slope to west facing slope.
Two snow patches highlight the end of the upper east face; you can keep your feet on solid rock, but the snow gives a good beacon for the route to the notch in the ridge line. See recent helpful trip report from SpringsDuke for more advice on which of many sets of cairns to choose from.
Smoke staying north, fall colors, blue skies, no wind and climbing challenges all made for a wonderful backpacking and climbing trip in spite of the long, strenuous summit day.
When she's not busy maintaining the excellent trail to Capitol Lake, the ranger is checking to make sure that all backpackers have a bear canister.

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Comments or Questions
Thank you!
09/25/2020 16:40
Heading there tomorrow, so many thanks for the super-timely and helpful report. All very useful and much appreciated. This site and users are awesome.

Nice report
09/25/2020 23:38
Congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment and beautiful photographs.

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