Peak:  Longs Peak (14er)
 Route:  Keyhole Route
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  Snoda21
 Date of Info:  06/28/2011
 Date Posted:  06/30/2011

Only patchy snow along the keyhole route below trough after keyhole. The trough is burried and solid icy patches remain throughout day which makes hiking the actual trail without snow climbing gear dangerous. It is possible however to carefully avoid the snow in the trough by climbing the rocks to climbers left. Narrows have sketchy boot pack and almost enough exposed rock to squeeze by. I made it to the top of the home stretch, by climbing the rocks climbers left of the steep solid snowpack covering the trail. All in all it was a fairly sketchy climb, probably verging on class 5 towards the top, and the forest service is wise to keep it classified as technical to deter inexperienced climbers from overstepping their bounds. I did not summit as the very top was still snow pack and sliding down into the homestretch without gear is not an option. At least three more weeks for this trail to finish thawing out. From the top it looked like climbing Meeker from chasm lake then following the saddle through the loft and then up longs may have worked. From the home stretch, if you could cross the snow pack to climbers right you may be able to get the last 50 feet. I think it could be climbed in running shoes right now, but would require great care!

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