Capitol Peak is the
thirty-second highest mountain in the U.S.
state of Colorado.
located in the Elk
Mountains in southern Pitkin County west of Aspen, within the
Wilderness. It lies on the long ridge connecting the
heart of the Elk Mountains with Mount Sopris to the northwest.
Capitol Peak is one of the most difficult of Colorado's fourteeners
to climb. The only non-technical
route, the Northeast Ridge, requires crossing the famously exposed
"Knife Edge," the northeast ridge
Capitol Peak Knife Edge
Fatalities have occurred on this route. Other routes require
technical rock climbing
, for example,
the Northwest Buttress Route (Grade
, Class 5.9
routes have significant rockfall danger due
to a great deal of loose rock; however the rock is substantially
more solid than on the more famous Maroon Bells or on Pyramid Peak.