Capitol Dawn print from Casey Mac Photo

Fresh Shots: Dawn at Capitol Peak

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.

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October 2013 Desktop Wallpaper – Capitol Peak Autumn

The wallpaper is back! My apologies for the delay, but I’m now settled into San Francisco and things are back to normal. This month’s photo comes from my favorite mountain in Colorado, during my favorite season – Capitol Peak in autumn. For a few weeks out of the year, Colorado explodes with yellows and oranges as the aspens change colors. Soon, all the leaves will disappear as winter sets in.

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July 2013 Desktop Wallpaper – Window to Capitol Peak

When two good friends pay a visit from California I have to bring out all the goods and show them the best locations to photograph in Colorado. Michael Bonocore, Natalia Stone, and I spent all night photographing the Milky Way over Capitol Peak and just after sunrise resorted to our tents for a quick nap before heading off on our next adventure. The view out of my tent door wasn’t too bad!

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November 2011 Desktop Wallpaper

Fall is winding down in Colorado and winter is just around the corner. This shot of Capitol Peak was taken from the trailhead that leads to the base of the 14er. Aspen and the surrounding Elk mountains received a fresh blanket of snow early in October turning most of the mountain summits white.
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Capitol Peak

Capitol Peak is a mountain that resides in the Elk Mountains of Colorado. It is one of of our state’s 53 14ers and at 14,130 ft, considered one of the most difficult to climb.

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