StevieTwoShoes wrote:Do you want all class 3, or class 3 max? In the immediate area of Longs Peak, you have Chasm Lake and Estes Cone. Just up the road is Twin Sisters. Just down the road is the Wild Basin TH, with numerous Lake and Waterfall hikes (Thunder Lake is my personal favorite there). If you don't mind crowds (and if you're doing Longs, I assume you don't), Hallett Peak via the Flattop Trail from Bear Lake is a nice hike (and a good way to see how you'll adjust to the elevation if you do it beforehand).
For something less crowded, anything in the Mummy Range is nice. All summits there require long approach hikes, but reward you with a great deal of solitude rarely found elsewhere in the park. If you would rather spend your time at a lake, Lawn Lake is pretty nice, but hiking just beyond it, you will come to Crystal Lakes, where I have never seen another person. I hope that gives you a good start, but opportunities in the Park are nearly limitless. I'm sure others will have more for you.
edit-I should add that the above are all class 1 and 2 hikes. As far as class 3 goes, off the top of my head, you have Little Matterhorn from Bear Lake TH, and McHenrys Peak via Stone Man Pass (Glacier Gorge TH). You could also summit Mt. Meeker (just south of Longs), which has an interesting move or two on the way to the summit block, but nothing that exceeds class 3.
Thanks for all the information StevieTwoShoes. I like that it is specific. I was under the impression that getting to and from Chasm Lake would be a class 4. I will be going either by myself or with up to 3 other people (so I plan to probably be alone because people usually back out) and do not think any of them want to take too big of a risk. If I can summit Longs on the first try that Thursday, then I would like to see some other places Friday and Saturday and fly back Sunday morning.
The Wild Basin TH sounds like it might be perfect.
I will start taking some ginko today or tomorrow just to help with the elevation. I have hiked Mt. Mitchell in north carolina which I think was much more difficult physically than longs will be, but longs is soo much higher. Mitchell = 3300 ft in about 4 or so miles but from 3300 ft to 6600 ft is much different from 9100ft to 14255 ft. I can not imagine the weather can be any worse than what it was in north carolina.
I will check on the Basin TH. Thanks again.