|Peak:||Capitol Peak (14er)|
|Date of Info:||08/30/2020|
*It rained/hailed/snowed a good amount on my hike out, so it might be wise to look for a more up-to-date report.* The (ditch) trail was in very good shape the whole way to the saddle. I went along the ridge from the saddle up to K2 and tried to stay on top of the ridge as much as possible. Definitely some really exposed stuff this way, but there were options here and there to circumvent the most challenging parts. The rock was mostly solid, and it was apparent where it wasn't going to hold. From K2 to the summit I stayed on the ridge as well after initially following cairns through looser stuff below. Give me the solid ridgeline over the loose rubble any day. I came off K2 through the gully and only stepped on snow for about 20 ft. No traction needed.
Times (I hiked quickly, went at a normal speed on the ridges):
1:50 to the lake
2:20 to the saddle
4:20 to summit
Pictures are parts of the ridge from saddle to K2.
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