|Peak:||Longs Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||04/23/2011|
We were in the Longs area on Saturday checking out conditions. If it didn't get too hammered this week, you should make it to the boulderfield with no snow shoes due to the packed trail but it is snow right out of the parking lot from the rangers station. We made the mistake of dropping our snowshoes below the boulderfield to find ourselves miserably postholing to our knees through much of it. Surprisingly the cables route was 100% snow covered. There was no dry rock section at all and the snow was very unstable. Upon crossing over to the keyhole, the rocks were covered in thin verglas and the top of the trough looked very suspect as well. Be sure you have snowshoes, crampons, axe, and probably a rope with some gear. It got hammered there last week and probably is getting quite a bit this week as well.
By the way. It was totally worth it to carry a snowboard for the return as it got us back to the car in a jiffy. Only had to take 1 foot out twice for about 20' each in the trees around goblins forest.