Trip Reports: Capitol Peak, Colorado - September 2010

In late September I spent four days doing various hikes around Capitol Peak, a rugged fourteener in the Elk Mountains of Colorado.
Capitol Peak, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Capitol Peak Alpenglow

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Sunset alpenglow on Capitol Peak, 14,130 ft., as seen from Avalanche Pass. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Snowmass Mountain, Elk Mountains, Colorado, sunset, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Snowmass Alpenglow

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Snowmass Mountain, 14,092 ft., as seen from Avalanche Pass at sunset. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Meadow Mountain, Maroon Bells, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Meadow Mountain Sunset

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Poofy clouds and sunset light in the Elk Mountains.  Meadow Mountain is at the center, with the Maroon Bells behind. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Beaver Lake, Marble, Colorado, rainbow, photo

Beaver Lake Rainbow

Marble, Colorado

A double rainbow reflects in Beaver Lake, near the town of Marble, on a rainy September morning. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Capitol Peak, Elk Mountains, Colorado, sunset, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Golden Capitol Peak

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Golden sunset light shines on the north face of Capitol Peak, 14,130 ft. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Capitol Lake, snowy, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Snowy Capitol Lake

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Capitol Lake and the first snows of autumn.  Capitol Peak's summit is still shrouded in clouds. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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rugged, Capitol Lake, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Snowy Spire

Elk Mountains, Colorado

A rugged spire near Capitol Lake, covered in the first snows of autumn. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Maroon Bells, sunset, fourteeners, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Maroon Bells Sunset Light

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Sunset light and distant cloud shadows paint the Maroon Bells fourteeners in the Elk Mountains. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Capitol Peak, sunset, Elk Mountains, Colorado, K2, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Capitol Peak Sunset

Elk Mountains, Colorado

A spectacular sunset behind Capitol Peak (14,130 ft.) as seen from the summit of K2 (which is actually more of just a subpeak [13,664 ft.] on a huge ridgeline of Capitol). Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Elk Mountains, Colorado, Pyramid Peak, Maroon Bells, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Dusk Over the Elks

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Dusk earthshadow colors over the Elk Range, near Aspen, Colorado, as seen from the summit of K2.  Pyramid Peak is on the left, Maroon Bells on the right. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Maroon Bells, Elk Mountains, Colorado, fourteeners, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Maroon Dusk

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Earthshadow colors behind the Maroon Bells, the most famous fourteeners of the Elk Mountains.  North Maroon Peak (14,014 ft.) on the left, Maroon Peak (14,156 ft.) on the right. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Snowmass Mountain, Elk Mountains, Colorado, dusk, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Snowmass Dusk

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Dusk light on Snowmass Mountain, 14,092 ft. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Pierre Lakes, Elk Mountains, Colorado, K2, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Pierre Lakes Basin

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Ultra wide view of Pierre Lakes, as seen from the summit of K2 at dusk after the first snowfall of autumn.  Snowmass Mountain is the most prominent mountain towards the right. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Capitol Peak, Elk Mountains, Colorado, moonlight, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Capitol Peak Moonlight

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Full moon light illuminates Capitol Peak, about an hour after sunset. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Capitol Peak, aspens, Capitol Creek, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Capitol Creek Aspens

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Capitol Peak towers above the yellow aspens of Capitol Creek on a gorgeous bluebird September day. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Capitol Peak, Elk Mountains, Colorado, autumn, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Capitol Peak Autumn

Elk Mountains, Colorado

Capitol Peak towers above golden aspens. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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