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Longs Peak Trailhead

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Eugenia Mine
Estes Cone
The Keyhole
Chasm Lake
Longs Peak
Longs Peak

Photo by Erik Stensland
Morning Light Photography.

Trailhead Elevation: 9390 feet
Destination Elevation: 14,255 feet
Elevation Gain (two way): 5253 feet   (What's This?)
Distance (one way): 8 miles
Difficulty Index (two way): 26.5   (What's This?)

The most prominent mountain in the park, Longs Peak, stands 14,255 feet tall.  It's the only "fourteener" in the park.  Thousands try to summit it each year and about one third make it.

The window of opportunity for hiking Longs Peak is normally from mid-July through mid-September when the trail is designated as non-technical.  Start very early, well before sunrise, if you plan to hike Longs as a day hike and be off of the summit by noon to avoid afternoon storms.  Alternatively, you can hike to the Boulderfield, camp there and then summit the following day.

Past the Keyhole, the route is marked with bull's-eyes painted on the rock.  First you'll follow a stretch called The Ledges.  Then you'll climb the steep section knows as the Trough.  Be careful of falling rock here kicked up by hikers above you.  Then you'll come to a stretch called the Narrows, a ledge that looks worse than it really is.  Then finally the Home Stretch, a steep smooth slab of granite that leads to the summit.  The summit itself is large and relatively flat.

Please click on the following link to view a web page provided by the National Parks Service about hiking Longs Peak.
Climbing Longs Peak

Hike Reports

Longs Peak - The Last Mile   By Tom Veik
A Longs Day, Longs Peak Trip Report 7.27.2005   By druwdowns
Longs Peak Trip Report   By invisiblewindow
A Great hike up Longs Peak   By Aaron Deschane (Lost Pics)
Day 2 Longs Peak   By fgrimes
Longs Trip Report   By kcmule
Long's Peak Summit via Keyhole   By lovetohike
Assault on Longs Peak.
   My daring (translate as stupid) assault.
   By Lee421
Longs...a long time ago.   By workrelease
Longs Peak   By Brad Mirakian
Longs Peak Summit (part 1) 8-31-06   By OklaHiker
Longs Peak Summit (part 2) 9-1-06   By OklaHiker
Chasm Lake and Longs Peak   By soatley
LONGS PEAK, It's Alright Jinks, I'm Only Bleeding   By Miss Lucy
Junkie (and Sara's) Longs Peak Trip Report   By junkie
Longs Attempt, failure to launch   By JDgreen
The Jinks Expedition of Nesotaieux   By Mr. Jinks
Trip Report (Part 1), I warn you, this is soggy!   By Larry
Trip Report (Part 2), Down From Longs   By Larry
Longs Peak Report   By harpyeagle44
Longs Peak, Aug 2007   By Twinebender
Longs With Elizabeth 7-18-2008   By BigAl
Longs Peak Aug. 13, 2009   By Monica
GBUTH - Longs Peak 2010: Rick and Monica   By John
GBUTH - Longs Peak 2010: Staci and Mike   By John
GBUTH - Longs Peak 2010: Lora and Allen   By John
GBUTH - Longs Peak 2010: Kristen, Chuck, and Ben   By John
GBUTH - Longs Peak 2010: Dad's Rule   By John
GBUTH - Longs Peak 2010: Celebrities and Guides   By John
GBUTH - Overnight at the Boulderfield   By hector
GBUTH - How Bill Got Up The Hill   By Bill 007
GBUTH - Longs 2010 John   By Monica
GBUTH - Longs 2010   By GLENNinPA
GBUTH - SandyP's Long's Peak Story   By SandyP

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It is beyond the scope of this guide to advise how to prepare for your hike.

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