Longs Peak

Watch a video on the Keyhole Route HERE



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

Check the weather forecast for Long's Peak

 
Longs Peak from Twin Sisters
Longs Peak from Twin Sister's, 10/10/2021

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Winter Weather Advisory

Longs Peak Conditions Report 10/14/21


Winter conditions have taken over in the high country of Rocky Mountain National Park and will persist at least through June. Any venture beyond the trail head will require route finding skills, proper winter equipment, and knowledge of winter travel. 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. Periods of excellent weather do occur, however they are short lived and backed by long periods of intense winter conditions. Be prepared to turn around when conditions exceed your abilities.Regular postings of current conditions on Longs Peak will resume in May.

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 Route is no longer a summer scramble, and should be treated as a winter mountaineering route. Expect winter conditions with extremely cold temperatures, drifting snow, and widespread ice formation. Avalanche hazards will persist along the Keyhole Route for the remainder of the winter and spring. Thin layers of snow on the surface can hide thicker layers of ice underneath, creating enormous potential for slips and falls. Crampons and an ice axe are highly recommended, but are no substitute for proper training and experience in negotiating icy terrain.

Remember your safety is in your own hands.
 
Snow on the Ledges
The Ledges

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climbing the trough
The Trough with snow

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the narrows with snow
Looking across the Narrows

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the homestretch
Climbing the Homestretch

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Last updated: October 14, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517

Phone:

(970) 586-1206
Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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