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Frigid, Sleeping Giant

"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.

Frigid, Sleeping Giant

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 on Capitol Peak. Please click HERE for the full article.

Capitol Peak is one of Colorado’s most dangerous and difficult mountains to climb. An attempt at summiting this mountain should not be taken lightly. Numerous climbers, both experienced and inexperienced, have died on this mountain. As formidable as Capitol is, this fact is often overlooked. The difficulty and objective danger is often underestimated even by experienced climbers. As a former member of SummitPost and maintainer of Capitol on SP, I was compelled to offer this note as the first thing that is seen on this page to impress upon those that visit here the paramount importance of stressing safety above all else when setting out to climb this challenging mountain. Please approach the climbing of Capitol Peak with reverence and respect, regardless of your experience and ability. If conditions are not ideal, abort the climb and return another day to climb the mountain. Exercise great care during your climb and return home safe and sound to share your experience with others.
Aaron Johnson
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