Peak:  Longs Peak (14er)
 Route:  Keyhole Route
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  AWright
 Date of Info:  06/19/2013
 Date Posted:  06/26/2013

Clear and free of snow from trailhead up to the Keyhole. Some slight mud/water on the trail due to melting snow, mostly between turnoff for Chasm Lake and the boulderfield.

After the Keyhole, fair sized patches of snow and ice along route. I hit the Keyhole at 7am, so everything was still frozen pretty solid from the night. Definitely made the first part, traversing to the trough, much slower than had it been dry. (Image 3)

The trough was a mix of snow, rock, and ice, with the snow providing the best bet for climbing. (Image 4)

Narrows were almost completely dry except for 1 patch of ice. Compared to other parts of the hike, definitely not the sketchiest part.

Homestretch was mostly solid spring snow with some ice.

Ice ax definitely needed after the Keyhole, and crampons would also help significantly.

Image 1: Longs from Chasm Lake turnoff
Image 2: Boulderfield from the Keyhole
Image 3: Traversing to the Trough from the Keyhole
Image 4: Looking back down the Trough from part way up

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

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