This is my favorite mountain in Colorado. I have a personal relationship with Capitol Peak. It’s the first mountain I ever tried to climb, unsuccessfully. Turns out, it’s one of the most difficult in Colorado to summit. Since, I’ve returned three more times. Kicked off by a thunderstorm once, took a tumble on a loose rock the second time, and summited the fourth. Every time I look at photographs of this mountain, our history together makes me smile.
Capitol Peak used to be one of Colorado’s best kept secrets, but lately the trailhead has gained some popularity. Capitol Lake at the base of Capitol Peak, however, remains as serene as ever. Living in California makes it difficult to head back east, but I usually get back once a year around fall season. Capitol will always sit high on my list of places to return.