Peak:  Longs Peak (14er)
 Route:  Keyhole Route
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  Cool Hand Luke
 Date of Info:  03/25/2012
 Date Posted:  03/25/2012

The trail is boot-packed all the way to treeline. Snowshoes are not needed, but microspikes would be helpful. The Ledges have some snow in spots and there is a solid trail in the snowy areas.

I found the Trough to be the most difficult area: mix of rock, snow and some ice. The ice is all avoidable and microspikes would be helpful. I never used my axe, but would recommend carrying one to be on the safe side.

The Narrows and Homestretch are mostly snow-free and the few snow spots are avoidable. As of today the Homestretch did not have any run-off from the summit.

Conditions are great right now, if the weather is nice camping at the Boulder Field is free until May 1st.

Pictures are of the Homestretch and Meeker's couloirs

Photos (click for slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions

03/26/2012 15:22
Wheres the snow?!?! Thanks for the conditions update.


03/26/2012 17:25
It was good to meet you at the TH. On our way out the ranger asked if we saw anything related to an accident. Do you notice anything above Granite Pass?

Cool Hand Luke

Re Nice
03/26/2012 22:52
Nice to meet you at the TH too. Thanks for the snowshoe suggestion, saved me a lot of unnecessary weight.

I saw the party with the injured person descending on their own about a mile from the TH. The person was scraped up some, but did not have any noticeable major injuries.

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