"So how many people die each year tryin' to climb that beast? Yikes..."
- Tourist from Texas
Capitol Peak is Colorado’s 32nd highest fourteener, standing at 14,130 ft tall. Not only is this one of the most dangerous mountains to climb in the lower 48 states, but it is one of the loneliest places in the Elk Range, in Colorado. Few people each summer are able to make the 7 mile trek into the Capitol Lake basin, which leaves backpackers at the foot of it’s jagged ridge. Fewer still can find the courage and good weather to summit the quiet monster. During winter, snow piles to over head heights, and only the most determined will find their way to the Capitol Creek TH.
Capitol Peak, view near the Hell Roaring TH
Here are some quick stats on the infamous peak:
Summit Elevation: 14,130 ft
TH Elevation: 9,450 ft
Elevation Gain: 5,300 ft
Route Length: 17 miles
Below is an excerpt from SummitPost.org on Capitol Peak. Please click HERE for the full article.