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Longs Peak
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Owner description: This 14,255-foot mountain located in Rocky Mountain National Park offers challenging hiking and scenic views.
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Must do for anyone fit and adventurous. Totally safe if you pay attention, hike when nontechnical and did I say pay attention. Aout a 15 mile hike and huge elevation gain so must be fit. At 14,500 feet you need a few days to acclimate before hiking. Wear gloves even on a nice day it gets cold up high and you wil be gripping rocks or clinign to rocks if your a flatlander like me. But that is part of the fun. Some areas will give you pause but what a tremendous accomplishment overcomeing fear andmaking the summit. Oh yeah and thats only half way.

Start by 2:30 am so you have pelnty of tiem to get up and down before afternoon storms. Layers are a must. Either research on the net or read climb longs peaak to get an idea what you getting into. IT is just alonghike to the keyhole and that veiw is great. Beyond the keyhole it gets intimidating lots of open space and exposure but a fairly wide and well marked trail MOSTLY. And the narrow parts are brief but thrilling. I wear runnign shorts, running tights and rain pants, Short sleeve runnign top, Long sleever running top, fleece, and a rain jacket, leather gloves, head band and neck gaiter. On a nice dya you might be in shorts and a long sleeve top after sunrise but on other days you might be in cold chilly wind above tree line and need every layer. Montain weather is unpredicatable. Light breathable and wicking layers are best. Shoes. I have seen folks in sneakers but there can be shall ow water wet trail appraohcing boulder field so somehting a bit more substantial is recommended. Also having a hikning sole with fim lugs is a bit more stable on the rockes. I wear columbia trail shoes as hikning boots usually give me blisters. I pack a pair fo socks to change into later in the day, use sun screen, pack a blister kit, and take lots of water. I use a large camelback, the rim runner hods all my gear inside or in teh elastic cords, adequate water and it is along day so trail mix, power bar sandwich and orange. is good. Don;t forget to sign the regiister at the top.

Been up twice on four attempts and hope to go again. Average trip is about 12 hours and you will be tired when done so get a nice place with a hot tub and have a bottle of wine or a six pack at the cabin to celebrate. Or go to Kind Coffee for a Latte. Usually nontechnical August and early September. At times late July. Start early of go on weekdays to limit the crowds. Not congested but cetainly a steady stream of hikers/climberrs on teh weekends.

7  Thank Luke1lacey2
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Views from Longs Peak from the Keyhole area on are absolutely amazing. What is wonderful about this mountain is the variety of terrain & how you actually go about 3/4 of the way around this mountain to get to the top. This means more views, more adventure! There are 5 named sections of the most popular route, which gives you an idea of the variety. There are also other less used, but still well enjoyed routes which are also challenging and beautiful. But come prepared for a serious effort; it's a 15 mile round trip if you take the Keyhole Route. Bring all the necessary gear, plenty of water & food. If you're in good shape, this will be an unforgettable experience!

4  Thank HillHag
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Two days later and I'm still sore. I would not recommended this hike to someone that is out of shape. In fact one of the brouchers specifically says "this is not a hike its a climb". I did summit and I went up the key hole rout witch seems to be the one everyone takes. It took me 13.5 hours from the parking lot back to the car. we started at 3am and summited around 9:30am.

The clime down was actually the hardest part. I defiantly want to caution people about the level of physical fitness needed for this hike. and Do Not Go By Yourself!

3  Thank martinmelanie1
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

I look out on Longs Peak, the most beautiful view in Estes Park. This view doesn't even begin to do it justice. You can hike up Longs Peak, but you had better be in really good shape, start at 3 am in the morning, and come prepared. Not a hike for the faint of heart or for those not in excellent condition.

1  Thank mountainmamaEP
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my hike up Longs Peak and would love to do it again. The 2 miles stretch through the forest at the base of the mountain is absolutely gorgeous, with lush evergreens and a few streams. The next few miles of trails reminded me of some scenes in the Lord of the Rings series, with grass covered rocks, underground streams, and a view of the surrounding mountains and cities from afar. Hopping boulders in "boulder field" is quite an experience as well; reminding me of my childhood when I used to jump from one rock to the next at the creek. While the last stretch of trail is not for the faint of heart, with a good spotter and some courage the view from the summit is worth the strained muscles.

3  Thank sarcrain
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