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Longs Peak

Keyhole Route Information
For general information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about climbing Longs Peak-Keyhole Route, click here.

Longs Peak from Boulderfield

Longs Peak from the Boulderfield, July 13, 2014


Longs Peak Keyhole Route Conditions (as of July 18, 2014)
Conditions in Rocky Mountain National Park can change at any time. Travelers should expect to encounter 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.


The Long's peak trail is now free of snow all the way to the Boulderfield.

Areas of standing water still exist on portions of the trail.

The Keyhole July 13

The Keyhole, July 13, 2014


Keyhole Route Conditions

The route beyond the Keyhole is mostly melted out, although small sections of the route is covered with snow and ice. There is running water across many sections of the route that may freeze overnight or during cold temperatures.

Climbing beyond the Keyhole will require proper experience and equipment.

Looking across the Ledges
Looking across the Ledges toward the Trough, July 13 2014
Looking up the Trough
Looking up the Trough, July 13, 2014.
The Narrows
The Narrows, July 13, 2014
View up the Homestretch
Looking up the Homestretch, July 13, 2014.
Chasm traverse

Looking across the Chasm traverse on July 13, 2014


Chasm Lake

A snow field still persists on the trail to Chasm Lake. Caution is advised traversing this snow field due to the potential for a sliding fall.


A current weather forecast for the Longs Peak high country can be found at: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=LONG%27S+PEAK&state=CO&site=BOU&textField1=40.258&textField2=-105.613&e=0

A current avalanche forecast can be found at:


Did You Know?

a photo of Abner Sprague buying a pass to Rocky Mountain National Park

Homesteader and lodge keeper Abner Sprague was the first person to pay to enter Rocky Mountain National Park. His fee was $3.