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Date Sunday  12/22/2019
End Date Monday  12/23/2019
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title Capitol Peak-14,130' in calendar winter
Start Time 7:30 AM
Status Unknown
Leader Britt Jones
Co-Leader Scott Kime
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type All Other
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult 
Trail Mileage 16.5
Elevation Gain 6,000
Driving Distance 500


Capitol Peak in the Elk Mountains. Here is the mountain on

NOTE: does not show the winter route.

For more info Contact

Britt Jones-719-661-4777


Scott Kime-(719) 235-0939‬


Sunday, Dec. 22nd:

We will meet at Britt's house at 43 Misty Creek Dr. Monument, CO 80132

at 7:30am on Dec. 22 and drive to the Snowmass Creek TH from there. I-25 north, I-70 west to Glenwood Springs, Hwy 82 east. Then see directions from

We should get to the TH at 8,320' around 1:00pm. We will then snowshoe up Snowmass Creek 1.5 miles. Here  drop down, cross the creek, and head up West Snowmass Creek. We will hike up 3.5 miles up to 10,400' and camp for the night. This is .5 mile shy of Moon Lake and makes for a 5 mile approach with 3,000 vertical gain through snow which may be un-broken.

Monday, Dec. 23rd:

Leave camp at 5:00am. Hike past Moon Lake and get to K2-13,664' which is 2+ miles and 3,200'. vertical gain. From K-2, Capitol is only a half mile and 500 vertical feet away however, this is where the serious technical climbing begins! Getting from K-2 to the summit of Capitol will possibly take up to 5 hours depending on how much we feel we need to protect the route.

We will backtrack our ascent path back to camp. It will likely be 6:00pm before we get there. Some and possibly all of us will tear down camp and hike out as some need to get back home for work.


This is a difficult and serious climb. Required gear will be full winter overnight gear, snowshoes or AT skiis. Helmet, crampons, ice axe. Rope, harness, ATC, anchor material such as webbing, slings, etc. and avy gear (beacon, probe, shovel.)

This climb will have to be re-evaluated up to the last minute and even during the climb. We won't be able to get an accurate weather forecast unitl 3 days prior and we'll have to get an assessment of the avalanche danger right before leaving and then as we are heading up into potential avalanche terrain. You can look at this trip report which mentions some of the avy terrain:

We will have a pre-climb meeting before the climb as well as a pre-climb outing to review/practice an avy search with beacons/tranceivers.

I (Britt) will hopefully be going up to put in a pre-trench on December 14 or December 19. I will be looking for a partner or two to join me and help break trail so when we come in with heavy over-night packs, it will be much more managable and possible.


This program is currently full. If you would like to be placed on the wait list please complete the form below. If a spot opens up you will be contacted.

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