Longs Peak

  • Longs Peak
  • 4345 m
  • Primary factor 901 m
  • 15th in Colorado
  • Location: North 40:15.301 West 105:36.907
  • Climbed August 1986 and August 1997.


How to get there: Boulder is the nearest sizable city. The drive from Boulder is roughly one hour.
Route description: From the ranger station at the trailhead a well marked (and worn) trail leads up to treeline. From here the trail continues and the impressive Diamond face of Longs comes into clear view. The trail then forks right and climbs a ridge to the north before turning and attaining a flat field of boulders. The interesting part of the hike starts by passing the ridge in the characteristic "Keyhole". Here one gets a very nice view towards the west as the trail continues on this side along more narrow ledges. There are a couple of points along this trail with some exposure where the use of hands is natural. The trail is often very crowded and one should be beware of loose rock resulting from other hikers. The summit itself is a large, almost flat plateau, with beautiful views in all directions.
Comments: Longs Peak is a classic hike. With a start around 7-8am there is normally ample time for strong hikers to enjoy the summit and still get back down before thunder or rain moves in (provided this does not happen until late afternoon.)