Longs Peak

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

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Boulderfield
Longs Peak from the Boulderfield, 8/28/22

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Longs Peak Conditions Report 8/29/22


*On Sunday, May 29th there was a large rock fall event that triggered a subsequent avalanche in the Dreamweaver couloir on Mt. Meeker. We continue to receive reports of significant and persistent rock fall in this area. Please exercise caution and consider avoiding the Dreamweaver couloir entirely.*

Fall is just around the corner, and the environment on Longs Peak is beginning to change. Recent storms have brought a combination of rain, hail, sleet, and snow, creating a wide variety of conditions on the mountain. Heavy rains throughout August combined with cooler temperatures have left the mountain wet and fragile, with numerous reports of fresh rockfall and early season ice formation occurring. In addition, afternoon thunderstorms remain a real threat and a return to treeline by noon is recommended to help mitigate exposure to lightning storms.

Traction devices such as Microspikes, Yaktrax, or crampons and an ice axe may be prudent for travel on the upper mountain depending on the route chosen. Extra warm clothes, waterproof layers, extra food and water, a headlamp, personal first aid kit, and a cell phone are all strongly recommended. If you are traveling alone, please tell a friend or family member your plans and take extra care with decision making. Even a minor accident while traveling alone on the mountain can quickly turn into a serious situation. As always, please be prepared to turn around when conditions exceed your abilities.

A current weather forecast for the Longs Peak high country can be found HERE

For avalanche information visit the CAIC at avalanche.state.co.us

 

Keyhole Route Conditions


The Keyhole has begun its transition to autumn conditions. Numerous reports of snow and ice accumulation along the route confirm that fall is here, and this summit route should not be taken lightly. Repeated storms continue to hammer the mountain, creating tremendous potential for ice formation as temperatures cool. Slick patches of ice can often be difficult to identify on first glance, as they may be very thin and/or obscured by shadows. Snow and ice formation is certainly one of the leading causes of accidents along the route, so please plan accordingly and be prepared to turn around if conditions are unfavorable. Traction devices such as Microspikes, Yaktrax, or crampons and an ice axe may be helpful but are no substitute for experience in negotiating icy terrain. Afternoon storms are extremely common this time of year, and a return to treeline by noon is recommended to help mitigate exposure to lightning storms.

Remember your safety is in your own hands.
 
Ledges
The Ledges, 8/13/22

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Trough
Looking Down the Trough, 8/13/22

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Ice on Narrows
Ice on the Narrows

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Homestretch
Looking Down the Homestretch, 8/13/22

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Chasm Crossing

The trail between Chasm Junction and Chasm Meadow is now snow free. The rock slabs leading up to Chasm Lake may be wet. Please exercise caution on this terrain.

 
Chasm Crossing
Chasm Crossing 7/18/22

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Last updated: August 29, 2022

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