|Peak:||Capitol Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Northeast Ridge from Capitol Lake|
|Date of Information:||06/03/2012|
We climbed Capitol Peak yesterday from Capitol Lake. There is some snow on the last 1-1.5 miles of the approach, but snowshoes are not needed. The trail up to the saddle is bare and easy to follow.
Once on the other side there is a ton of snow. We used crampons and climbed directly up to the ridge on the East side of K2.
From k2 on there is minimal snow with only a few short traverses. We did not use crampons again and you could likely get by without an axe. The route from the knife edge on is about 90% snow free.
I have a ton of pictures if anyone has any questions just shoot me a PM. Thanks.