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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North Face
Longs Peak from the Boulderfield, 6/15/24

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Longs Peak Conditions Report
6/17/24


The transition to summer conditions has begun on Longs Peak, and significant snowmelt has occurred rapidly over the last week with very warm temperatures. The trail is now almost entirely snow free all the way to the Boulderfield with only small patches persisting. However, there is still significant snow travel on many summit routes and having the skills and equipment for these conditions is critical. We are also transitioning into monsoon season, and afternoon thunderstorms will remain a real threat for the remainder of the summer season. Returning to treeline by noon is recommended to help mitigate exposure to lightning storms. Any venture beyond the trailhead should involve proper planning and preparedness.

Traction such as Microspikes, Yaktrax, or crampons and an ice axe are highly recommended. 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
Avalanche forecasts for the state of Colorado and the Front Range region can be found HERE

 

Keyhole Route Conditions


Conditions along the Keyhole route are changing rapidly with the snowmelt, but still involve sections of mandatory snow travel. Portions of the Trough, Narrows and Homestretch are holding snow, and in some places these are unavoidable, requiring proper snow equipment and technique to navigate. Melt/freeze cycles in these areas, and abundant snow available for melt are creating the potential for ice formation, especially in the morning and in shady areas. These patches of ice may be hidden under thin layers of snow or obscured by shadows. Freshly exposed rocks tend to be loose and unstable, so please watch your step as you move about the mountain. 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.
 
Ledges
The Ledges, 6/15/24

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Trough
The Trough, 6/7/24

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Narrows
The Narrows, 6/7/24

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Homestretch
The Homestretch, 6/15/24

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Chasm Crossing

The trail between Chasm Junction and Chasm Meadow traverses a steep snowfield known as Chasm Crossing. The conditions of this snow slope vary greatly, from firm and icy in the morning to soft and slushy in the afternoon. A slip here will result in a slide on the steep slope below, which may be difficult to stop.

The rock slabs leading up to Chasm Lake also tend to hold snow and ice throughout the spring and can also involve wet rock. Please exercise caution on this terrain and consider trekking poles and/or traction devices for safe travel to Chasm Lake.

 
Chasm Crossing
Chasm Crossing, 6/17/24

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Last updated: June 18, 2024

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