|Peak:||Capitol Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Northeast Ridge from Capitol Lake|
|Date of Info:||07/02/2013|
The trail is snow free all the way up the saddle. There is still a good snowcover in the bowl and the slope leading up to K2 but most people I climbed with were barebooting. It's possible to stick to the tallus and avoid the snow mostly or kickstep your way up to K2, however I found walking with microspikes or crampons on stable snow in the morning more enjoyable. The snow ends 300 yards from K2. K2 is mostly free of snow. There is still a small snow band on the side, but it's basically summer conditions. Likewise the ridge and the summit are free of snow.