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Longs Peak - Lodging

Postby 14000+Bound » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:16 pm

Where is the closest, best hotel/motel to stay the night before climbing Longs Peak? We do not plan to stay at the campground or at the boulder field.

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Re: Longs Peak - Lodging

Postby awake » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:00 pm

The closest would be some place up in Estes Park. There should be plenty of lodging available. If not, Boulder is only an hour away.

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Re: Longs Peak - Lodging

Postby Sugar Madison » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:14 am

14ers.com member "smudge" owns the McGregor Mountain Lodge in Estes. It's really nice and he's a great guy.

http://www.mcgregormountainlodge.com/

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Postby scalba123 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:01 am

I stayed here last year and it was only a short drive to the Longs Peak trailhead. It was basic and I thought the rates were reasonable.

http://colocottages.com/

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Re: Longs Peak - Lodging

Postby mattpayne11 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:12 am

My dad and I stayed here:

http://meekerparklodge.com/

It was kind of ghetto but like 3 minutes from the trailhead, so ... that was good.. hehe

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Re: Longs Peak - Lodging

Postby peter303 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:24 am

mattpayne11 wrote:It was kind of ghetto but like 3 minutes from the trailhead


"Three minutes to the trailhead" is a fuzzy concept.
On an August weekend the cars park up to a mile from the trailhead.
I dont even bother to waste 15 minutes to drive up to the trailhead, get in a parking lot traffiic jam,
only to have to turn around.
But find the first available space near the end of the queue.
When I'm racing the lightning bolts in the late morning, every minute counts.

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Re: Longs Peak - Lodging

Postby jrbren_vt » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:42 am

I enjoyed my stay at Saddle and Surrey, less then a half hour drive to several trail heads I was interested in on my trip.
http://www.saddleandsurrey.com/SS-RoomsRatesPolicies.HTML
I want to say 15 minutes to Longs Peak Trail head (at least where you park).
Take the address and use the trail head directions page on this web site to make your own call on location.
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Postby tmathews » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:43 am


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Re: Longs Peak - Lodging

Postby mattpayne11 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:52 am

peter303 wrote:
mattpayne11 wrote:It was kind of ghetto but like 3 minutes from the trailhead


"Three minutes to the trailhead" is a fuzzy concept.
On an August weekend the cars park up to a mile from the trailhead.
I dont even bother to waste 15 minutes to drive up to the trailhead, get in a parking lot traffiic jam,
only to have to turn around.
But find the first available space near the end of the queue.
When I'm racing the lightning bolts in the late morning, every minute counts.


Well, we were smart and arrived at the TH at 2:30 AM, so there was ample parking!

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Postby ebnhils » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:37 am

We stayed in a cabin at the Aspen Lodge a few years ago, was not the most fancy place but was nice. The cabins are older, the lodge and rooms were newer. Has a pool and hot tub for after you hike \:D/ . I think the pricing was good if I remember right. Only a few minutes from Longs t/h.
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Re: Longs Peak - Lodging

Postby crossfitter » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:38 am

IMO the best way to do longs is just start at midnight instead of 2-3. There are numerous disadvantages: 1) Parking is easy 2) You get to feel like the only ones on the mountain (on the way up) instead of following the conga line 3) You get to catch sunrise from the summit if you move fast enough, which is awesome. The only downsides are that it can be cold, but it's cold when you start no matter what, and that you get less sleep, which hardly matters since you get so little with the normal start anyway. Extra bonus: starting at midnight means you can leave boulder at 11:00pm and not deal with lodging.
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Re: Longs Peak - Lodging

Postby tmathews » Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:07 am

crossfitter wrote:There are numerous disadvantages: 1) Parking is easy 2) You get to feel like the only ones on the mountain (on the way up) instead of following the conga line 3) You get to catch sunrise from the summit if you move fast enough, which is awesome.


These sound like advantages to me....

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