Peak:  Longs Peak (14er)
 Route:  Loft - via East Longs Trailhead
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  tmathews
 Date of Info:  06/11/2011
 Date Posted:  06/13/2011

Snow on the trail was continuous from a little past Goblin's Forest (1.25 mile) until you get above treeline. We took the shortcut before the bridge crossing above treeline. There is a significant area that is completely snow-free between the shortcut and Chasm Junction. A nice ledge exists in the snow between Chasm Junction until you exit that slope below Chasm Lake. Snow is continuous from there until the top of the Loft. The Loft makes a great glissade from about the exit ramp all the way down until you stop in a safe run-out. On the climber's left near the top of the Loft, there is a bergschrund-esque portion of snow that is pulling away from the rest of the snow that makes for a bit of an uncomfortable climb if you decide to head that direction. We could not locate Clark's Arrow and didn't feel like climbing over a couple of snow fields to reach the top of Keplinger's, so we abandoned the route and opted for Meeker, instead, so I don't have any more information about the remaining route, unfortunately.

 Comments or Questions
moon stalker

How did Keplinger's look?
06/13/2011 19:31
For a snow climb at least?

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