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|2016-08-21||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Route is still in excellent summer condition. Keyhole was reached in 3hr20min, top of the Trough was reached at 4hr07min and the summit at 4hr28min. Round trip took 7hr29min. Definitely a fun route if you don't mind the long approach. The line of headlamps before sunrise looked like cars on I-70 on a prime ski weekend. Trail is easy to follow and well marked with signs. Parking lot fills up quickly and early. It was full by 2 a.m.
|2016-08-17||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: I had been hearing of trash on trails through newspapers and threads on this site on the 14ers. But I didn't ever really think about the severity of it. Did Keyhole yesterday with some co-workers. Great weather, solid day, not too crowded (relatively speaking), can't really complain too much. I would like to make a small observation though. In the Trough alone, there were 5 piles - FIVE separate piles - of human feces. I know this cause there was TP strewn next to it, with absolutely no effort to hide it or go at least a few feet off the main trail. There was another pile between the Trough and Keyhole, also in middle of trail and then one of the latrines at the Boulderfield campground was caked in fecal spray and inoperable. I'm not preaching LNT, seems like its not even worth it at this point with regards to the 14ers. It's just disturbing that homosapiens that frequent these mountains are behaving more primal than the animals that live in them. Anyways, careful where you step!
|2016-08-14||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Great day on the mountain. Completely dry from the parking lot to the Keyhole, and almost completely dry from the Keyhole to the summit. There was one small section of running water/ice about halfway up the Trough and 2 or 3 small ice patches on the lower part of the Homestretch. I was up and down the Keyhole-summit section by 9 am, so these may have melted off when the sun was higher. Also, there was absolutely no wind at all the whole day(!). A rarity in the Front Range for sure.
|2016-07-31||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: No snow on the whole route. The narrows was a little wet but nothing unsafe. Only the lower portion of the trough is loose rock.
|2016-07-31||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Summer conditions, route was completely dry and free of snow. Started from Longs Ranger Station at 2:15 am, reached the summit at 7:15 am, spent about 20 minutes looking around, then started the hike back, got to the car at 12:50 pm. Parking lot was almost full at 2 am. Passed a lot of people on the way up to the boulder field, had the route to ourselves past the Keyhole (5:30 am). Coming down from the summit we ran into a lot of people and getting around them took a bit of time in the more technical sections though it was manageable. Would recommend trying to summit around 7 am to avoid crowds. Altogether it was a great hike and not overlay crowded.
|2016-07-26||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Beautiful day! Route is dry Minor choss/scree in the trough but manageable. Trailhead at 2 AM Boulderfield at 6 AM Keyhole 7 AM Summit at 9 AM Return to Trailhead by 3 PM Not a TON of people, but the majority of them were greens from out-of-state never hiked or climbed a mountain.
|2016-07-24||Route: North Face/Cables
Info: Just a tiny bit of water still on the cables route. No ice though. Vast majority of it is dry.
|2016-07-23||Route: Northwest Couloir
Info: The route is in prime condition with all of the warm weather. There is water running down the crux below the cave, but that seems to always be the case. As advertised, there is quite a bit of loose rock in the couloir, so be careful for the sake of those below on the Ledges. If we get some cool nights soon, verglas would be a concern.
|2016-07-19||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Took Keyhole route up and down. Very light traffic today. Parking lot only had about 15 cars at 3:15 am when we arrived and was half full when we returned. Very overcast all the way up to the Keyhole with light rain along the way in places. Blue sky on the opposite side of the keyhole with a few clouds which was a welcomed relief. Trail is free of snow/ice all the way up. Absolutely gorgeous day on an awesome mountain.
|2016-07-11||Route: Loft - via East Longs Trailhead
Info: Took Keyhole up and Loft down. Keyhole route completely dry including Trough, Ledges, Narrows and Homestretch (normal running water and small patches of snow in shadows) but Loft still has significant snow in the Couloir proper - can be avoided completely by staying on the rocks to the climber's right on the descent. Hope this is helpful.
|2016-07-09||Route: Kiener's Route
Info: Kiener's is in good shape. Lamb's slide was very firm snow when we ascended it at about 7AM. I would not recommend going up Lamb's slide without an ice axe and crampons (or at least spikes) but I'm sure some of you crazies will do it anyway. Broadway Ledge is free of snow, including where the Notch Col intersects the ledge. The footing is loose rocks in that location and also right where you enter Broadway off of Lamb's slide. As far as the rock pitches, everything is dry except for in the depths of the big chimney which marks the end of the first technical pitch for most parties. (Beta: Hang a climber's right through a notch at the end of this chimney.) The Cables descent was wet but it didn't not present any issues - we rapped 3 times to get as low as possible. You could also downclimb this but with big packs and fatigue we opted for the raps.
|2016-07-09||Route: Loft - via East Longs Trailhead
Info: Still a few patches of snow, but all completely avoidable. In the Loft Couloir, stay left of the snow for easiest navigation. There's a bit of snow below the Home Stretch which we avoided by staying below it, just watch for the snowmelt making the rock slick. We descended the keyhole route with was completely snow free! Great day on the mountain!
|2016-07-04||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: I climbed yesterday (Monday, July 4). Started hiking at 5:20, summited at 9:50, back to the car at 2:00 - descent was slower than normal because I totally messed my right knee up. Mountain was surprisingly not that busy. No bottlenecks. Saw a few people on the Narrows that had absolutely no business being up there, per usual (wearing Vans and jeans). Keyhole route is completely free of snow the entire way (small patches in the Trough can easily be avoided). The Homestretch was a bit tricker because there were some snowmelt runoffs making the best route wet, so a bit of route reading and scrambling was necessary. Had a bit of thunder and rain when crossing Mills Moraine on the descent, but it was pretty nice relief from being in the sun for so long.
|2016-07-03||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: We left the trailhead at 2:30am and got to the summit at 8:30am. The Trough and Homestretch have small patches of snow that can easily be avoided. It was a great summer hike on Longs Peak!
Info: Kieners: Approach snow-free except for the usual Chasm view spot (icy in morning, but buckets). Good snow in Lambslide, Broadway dry, cruxes dry, and some wet slab above cruxes. Homestretch to Keplinger's: some icy spots, but mostly avoidable. People coming up the Keyhole reported no need for snow gear. Gorrel's: dry. Loft descent: ax used. Ax and traction recommended. Still a couple hundred feet of snow and a few hundred optional.
|2016-06-19||Route: Kieners and cables
Info: Lambs slide - snow still good in am. Kieners- summer condition except areas in notch couloir. Broadway clear. Cables- wet rock so we roped up for most of traverse to bolts but we stayed low. Snow below second rappel and down to boulder field. No snow shoes on approach to chasm lake.
|2016-06-18||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: I didn't climb Longs but here are some distant pictures of the terrain beyond the keyhole.
Info: Kieners is in! There are a couple patches of snow on Broadway, but easy to get around. Also the usual early season snow patch on upper Kieners, but again it's not much of an issue. The route is, of course, pretty wet, but overall conditions are good and will be getting better day by day, I imagine. The Notch Couloir looks like it still has continuous snow at least thru the narrow spot. N Face cables section had a lot of wetness and verglass when I descended around 9am. I have no photos, but someone posted a few from Lambs Slide recently (thanks!)
|2016-06-13||Route: Loft - via East Longs Trailhead
Info: Trail up to treeline mostly clear of snow. Microspikes optional. Winter cutoff is mostly melted and this will probably be the last time I try to use it this year. On the main trail, after the lightning warning bridge and on up to Chasm Junction there are several snow patches to navigate. Melting fast though. Between Chasm Jct. and Chasm Lake the trail is clear until the Peacock Pool crossing. Chasm Lake is melting but there is still a trail in the snow along the lake on the W side. I went up Lambslide but took a pic of the Loft couloir that is included. The Loft proper is dry. The gully down Clark's Arrow is also basically dry. There is still snow in Kepplinger's couloir and still a large snow field at the top (exit) and the Homestretch is still completely snow. You can navigate to some rocks on the way to the Homestretch but it is mostly snow. Lambslide was in great condition. The Loft is still holding quite a bit of snow and I doubt that it is avoidable but all is melting fast!
|2016-06-13||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Trail up to treeline mostly clear of snow. Microspikes probably not needed to the lightning warning bridge. Winter cutoff is mostly melted and this will probably be the last time I try to use it. On the main trail, after the lightning warning bridge and on up toward Chasm Junction there are a few snow patches to navigate. Melting fast though. Between Chasm Jct. and the Boulderfield there are also some snow fields to cross. Once in the Boulderfield it is mostly clear until the camping area then some more large snow fields to cross. The large boulders toward the Keyhole are pretty much clear. In the ledges conditions are also mixed but there are some snow fields to cross with significant exposure. I would not cross them without some traction and an axe. The Trough is full of snow, Narrows mixed with snow, Homestretch completely snow. Still need winter skills to get there but melting fast!