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Capitol Peak Trail

Capitol Peak Trail In the Elk Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America, Capitol Peak is a high and prominent mountain summit. It is the 52nd highest peak in North America. The 14,137-foot (4,309 m) fourteener is located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of White River National Forest, 8.7 miles (14.0 km) east by south (bearing 104°) of the city of Redstone in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States.

  • Description 
  • Camping
  • Daly Pass
  • K2
  • Knife Edge
  • Summit
Capitol Peak Trail
Capitol Peak Trail

Capitol Peak Trail Description 

Capitol Peak is located near Snowmass Village, Colorado, a 15.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail that involves a lake and is only recommended for very experienced travelers. The trail is best used from July to September and is mostly used for hiking, rock climbing, and backpacking. You can take your dogs in this trial, too.

Hikers should travel 5.7 miles before arriving at the Capitol Peak campsite from the parking lot. Another 1.9 miles climbed to K2 and the summit. K2 is a summit mostly mistaken by hikers as the summit of Capitol Peak


On a specified location, there is basic camping near the trailhead. No fee is required, but there are some rules and regulations.

Daly Pass

You will enter Daly Pass at the head of the trail, at an altitude of 9,400 feet, after several switchbacks for half a mile. On Capitol Hill, the first point of interest is Daly Pass. The saddle-shaped ridge of this pass is reaching12,480 feet. After the pass, there is no easier hike until the summit.


It is understood that K2 is often confused as the Capitol Peak summit by hikers. Many hikers go around the right side, where it is most open, but when one goes around, death rates are much bigger.

Knife Edge

The edge of the knife (pictured above) is known for its 150-foot[9] distance, with drops of 2,000 feet on both sides. Daredevils can walk through it in a timely way, but like straddling a horse, other hikers can scooch across it. The trail with most fatalities is Capitol Peak Trail. 

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