Capitol Peak

Emma, Colorado 81157

Capitol Peak

Capitol Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"One of the most spectacular peaks in Colorado, this is one of the handful of fourteeners whose normal route is also a classic scramble. This climb is very doable as a day climb; however, most people prefer to backpack to the vicinity of Capitol Lake, thereby shortening summit day. (If you plan to camp by Capitol Lake, self-register at the trailhead).

Two trails leave from the trailhead; they both take you to the same place and each has advantages and disadvantages. Both are described here. The traditional trail (Trail 1961) drops 450 feet initially before heading up Capitol Creek. The Upper Capitol Ditch Trail (Trail 1963) stays higher initially and provides better views of the peaks. Both trails eventually come together and head up towards Capitol Lake."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
5,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
12 hours plus approach time
Class 4
Late June to October
9,465 feet
Trailhead Elevation
14,130 feet
Top Elevation
White River National Forest, Aspen Ranger District, Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Capitol Peak
Local Maps

Trail Log