Keyhole Route Information
Longs Peak Conditions
May 17, 2013
Conditions in Rocky Mountain National Park can change at any time. Winter-like conditions still exist at the higher elevations in the park. Travelers should expect to encounter cold temperatures, snow and ice, avalanche hazards, and high winds. Winter routes are not marked and often vary from the established summer trails. Expect rain, hail, sleet, snow, lightning, and any other weather imaginable when travelling in the mountains. Please take appropriate gear to endure these changing conditions. Also, be prepared to turn around when conditions exceed your abilities. Remember your safety is in your own hands.
Late season snows have blanketed the area in the past couple months. Although much of the snow has melted in the valley, deep snow remains up high. Within a mile of the trailhead, snowline begins and continues all the way to the summit. Travelers need to be conscious of the maze of trails that exist and know that few of them follow traditional summer trails.
Keyhole Route Conditions
The route beyond the Keyhole resembles nothing of its normal summer conditions. Snow has buried most of the recognizable features, creating difficult route finding. The bull's eyes are buried under snow and impossible to spot. Snow has filled in many of the narrow ledges making them steeper and exponentially more exposed. Climbing beyond the Keyhole will require proper experience and equipment. If you are looking for a challenging mountaineering route, requiring skill and special equipment, you will enjoy the current conditions.
Did You Know?
The one way length of the East Longs Peak Trail is 7.5 miles. Average time for a round trip is 12 hours. More...