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Capitol Peak
Elevation: 14,130 feet
Mileage: 17.0 miles
Vertical Gain: 5,800 feet
Route: Northeast Ridge (knife-edge)

August 5th - 6th, 2005

Capitol Peak, located in Colorado’s beautiful Elk Range, rises to a height of 14,130 feet making it Colorado’s 29th highest peak. What it lacks in elevation it more than makes up for in beauty and personality. Ask most climbers who have completed all of Colorado’s fabled 14ers which peak is the most difficult by its easiest route, you will likely get Capitol Peak as your answer.

With our recent success over the last month on Pyramid Peak, North Maroon, and Maroon Peak Amy and I were left with just Capitol Peak to complete all the 14ers in the Elk Range. We decided to take Friday off of work and backpack up to Capitol Lake, giving ourselves Saturday and if necessary, Sunday to summit the peak.

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