Longs Peak

Keyhole Route Information

Learn more about climbing the Longs Peak Keyhole Route, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Longs Peak from the Boulderfield, June 20th, 2015

Longs Peak from the Boulderfield, 6/20/2015


Longs Peak Conditions Report 6/27/15

Conditions in Rocky Mountain National Park can change at any time. The Longs Peak Trail is clear of snow to just above tree line. There are patches of snow and standing water between Chasm Junction and the Boulderfield. There are patches of snow and running water in the Boulderfield. Weather can change at any time on Longs Peak. 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.

Keyhole Route Conditions

The route beyond the Keyhole resembles nothing of its normal summer conditions. Snow has buried some of the recognizable features, creating difficult route finding. The bull's eyes are buried under snow and may be 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.

Looking across the Ledges, June 20th, 2015

Looking across the Ledges on June 20, 2015


Narrows and Trough combined 6-27

Left - Looking down the Trough, June 20th, 2015
Right - Looking across the narrows


Homestretch and summit combined 6-27

Left - Looking down the Homestretch, June 20th, 2015
Right - The summit of Longs Peak, June 20th, 2015


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Chasm Lake Conditions

Two climbers cross large steep snow field in high mountains

Snow on the Chasm Lake traverse (June 17, 2015)


Snow currently covers the Chasm Lake trail. A significant steep snow field must be crossed in order to access the lake. Caution is advised when traversing this snow field due to the potential for a sliding fall.

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