Longs Peak  
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2016-09-17  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-09-26, By: oI2ange
Info: I went on Longs Peak through the Keyhole route on 9/17/16. The trail was dry for the most part but there was definitely snow and ice past the Key hole. I would heavily recommend microspikes, especially for the descent of the route. 
2016-09-17  Route: Loft and Keyhole
Posted On: 2016-09-17, By: LoveThisSite
Info: Windy day! Went up to the summit via Loft. There is snow on the exit ramp of the Loft Couloir - did not need traction though. The Loft proper, the down climb to Clark's arrow, Keplingers and the Homestretch are all pretty much dry. On the way down, we took the Keyhole route. Narrows is dry. Trough has snow/ice - an inch or two at most. Recommend microspikes for this section, though most people were managing just fine even without traction. Ledges were completely dry. 
2016-09-17  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-09-17, By: EM_in_CO
Info: As of this morning, there was snow and ice in the Trough. The ice is avoidable and the snow is mostly avoidable based on the route a person takes up the Trough. The snow is less than one inch. Both the Narrows and Homestretch have ice in places; however, the ice is avoidable in both sections of the hike. 
2016-09-10  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-09-11, By: mlz2000
Info: Route dry, no issues. This could change Monday. 
2016-09-10  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-09-10, By: xrcdrvr
Info: Drove to Longs at 3:45 am and started hiking immediately. Parked along side of road as lot was full but was able to find parking at campground. Summited at 8:10 and only stayed about 15 minutes on the summit. Back to vehicle by 2 pm. Overall, great day and low crowds (from what I have read about Longs) We never had to wait long at any location. Great conditions on mountain few small ice patches but easily dealt with and no danger to the hike. Conditions will change soon, get it while you can! 
2016-09-08  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-09-12, By: ZyLi
Info: I summited on Sept. 8, 2016. It was a fine day with temp. at 56/high and 36/low. The whole route has been dry 99%, a few tiny icy spots on trough but easily avoidable. Wind factor not a problem, a bit strong wind (50-60mph) in boulderfield and then at Keyhole, and then at turn of trough to narrows, all easy to handle. No winter climbing tools (ice axes, crampons...) required in the whole climbing. Back home to the east coast now, checked this morning the weather conditions seems to get severe direction from today. Hike/climb safe, fellas! 
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2016-09-05  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-09-05, By: jfm3
Info: Summitted this morning in dry conditions. There are several small sections of the Narrows and Trough that have some accumulated ice but these are easy to avoid. No snow lingering, from what I saw. The rock was quite cold- I'd recommend a good pair of gloves for above the Keyhole to keep your hands from freezing when you scramble! Strong, constant wind from the Boulderfield on up. 
2016-09-03  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-09-05, By: cmacd309
Info: Slept at the boulderfield Saturday night. Winds were extreme; around 2am one of my tent stakes actually came undone (the sandy soil doesn't act as the best base for tent stakes). We experienced rain, sleet and snow throughout the night. Summited the next morning. Left camp @6:30am and arrived back at 10:15am. Winds were fairly high, and most of the route had some snow accumulation. Weather was highly variable; at times the sun was out, and 5 minutes later it would be sleeting. The final pitch / stretch was super slippery, and continued to get snowed / sleeted on as the morning carried on. Overall, the hike was doable as we were able to summit, but the route was pretty slick in multiple places rendering some parts of the hike fairly unsafe. 
2016-09-03  Route: Loft - via East Longs Trailhead
Posted On: 2016-09-04, By: zdero1
Info: Summer conditions- no snow on trail...for now! 
2016-09-03  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-09-03, By: femtosecond15
Info: We took the standard Keyhole route and started at 1:30am. There were still some spots at the parking lot. It took us 3:20 hours to get to the Keyhole and we are not the fastest hikers. Since it was still totally dark, we had to wait an hour at the shelter (together with 6 other hikers) near the Keyhole before continuing our hike. There were only a handful of people up there at that time. We did not encounter any snow or icy conditions whatsoever. Actually great hiking conditions! We reached the summit at 7:10am, maybe 30 min after sunrise. There was some fog but otherwise great views. So if you're wondering if it's still possible to hike Longs without facing hazardous winter conditions the answer as of today is absolutely yes! But as you probably know, this can change quickly so check the weather forecasts. 
2016-08-27  Route: Loft up and Keyhole down
Posted On: 2016-08-28, By: cochsman
Info: Left the trail head at 2am and the parking lot was almost full. We took the Loft route up which was fantastic although it wasn't light until we hit the Loft and thus we didn't get to take in the amazing scenery. The exit ramp out of the gully was easy to find despite the lack of light. The way across the Loft was also relatively easy with keen cairn spotting. Again, with keen cairn spotting, it was easy to hook up with the Homestretch with mostly 3rd, if not a couple 4th class moves. We had the entire Loft route to ourselves until we reached the Homestretch and met up with a ton of people. Spent 6 minutes on the summit and started back via Keyhole. A ton of traffic impeded our way around the summit to the top of the trough, where again we had to wait on a ton of people. Looked like some fresh snow going down the trough but it wasn't too slick. Once we reached the Keyhole the hoard lessened and it was smooth sailing home. There was a lot of small ice patches on the Homestretch and from the summit around and down the trough but traction is not necessary. Fourteener #32 in the books and the last of the season for us. 
2016-08-21  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-08-21, By: dogballs
Info: Route is still in excellent summer condition. Keyhole was reached in 3hr20min, top of the Trough was reached at 4hr07min and the summit at 4hr28min. Round trip took 7hr29min. Definitely a fun route if you don't mind the long approach. The line of headlamps before sunrise looked like cars on I-70 on a prime ski weekend. Trail is easy to follow and well marked with signs. Parking lot fills up quickly and early. It was full by 2 a.m. 
2016-08-17  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-08-18, By: lordhelmut
Info: I had been hearing of trash on trails through newspapers and threads on this site on the 14ers. But I didn't ever really think about the severity of it. Did Keyhole yesterday with some co-workers. Great weather, solid day, not too crowded (relatively speaking), can't really complain too much. I would like to make a small observation though. In the Trough alone, there were 5 piles - FIVE separate piles - of human feces. I know this cause there was TP strewn next to it, with absolutely no effort to hide it or go at least a few feet off the main trail. There was another pile between the Trough and Keyhole, also in middle of trail and then one of the latrines at the Boulderfield campground was caked in fecal spray and inoperable. I'm not preaching LNT, seems like its not even worth it at this point with regards to the 14ers. It's just disturbing that homosapiens that frequent these mountains are behaving more primal than the animals that live in them. Anyways, careful where you step! 
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2016-08-14  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-08-14, By: jfm3
Info: Great day on the mountain. Completely dry from the parking lot to the Keyhole, and almost completely dry from the Keyhole to the summit. There was one small section of running water/ice about halfway up the Trough and 2 or 3 small ice patches on the lower part of the Homestretch. I was up and down the Keyhole-summit section by 9 am, so these may have melted off when the sun was higher. Also, there was absolutely no wind at all the whole day(!). A rarity in the Front Range for sure. 
2016-07-31  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-08-02, By: Flyingfish
Info: No snow on the whole route. The narrows was a little wet but nothing unsafe. Only the lower portion of the trough is loose rock. 
2016-07-31  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-08-01, By: rruss
Info: Summer conditions, route was completely dry and free of snow. Started from Longs Ranger Station at 2:15 am, reached the summit at 7:15 am, spent about 20 minutes looking around, then started the hike back, got to the car at 12:50 pm. Parking lot was almost full at 2 am. Passed a lot of people on the way up to the boulder field, had the route to ourselves past the Keyhole (5:30 am). Coming down from the summit we ran into a lot of people and getting around them took a bit of time in the more technical sections though it was manageable. Would recommend trying to summit around 7 am to avoid crowds. Altogether it was a great hike and not overlay crowded. 
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2016-07-26  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-07-26, By: ewiggans
Info: Beautiful day! Route is dry Minor choss/scree in the trough but manageable. Trailhead at 2 AM Boulderfield at 6 AM Keyhole 7 AM Summit at 9 AM Return to Trailhead by 3 PM Not a TON of people, but the majority of them were greens from out-of-state never hiked or climbed a mountain. 
2016-07-24  Route: North Face/Cables
Posted On: 2016-07-25, By: bmcqueen
Info: Just a tiny bit of water still on the cables route. No ice though. Vast majority of it is dry. 
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2016-07-23  Route: Northwest Couloir
Posted On: 2016-07-24, By: vandy
Info: The route is in prime condition with all of the warm weather. There is water running down the crux below the cave, but that seems to always be the case. As advertised, there is quite a bit of loose rock in the couloir, so be careful for the sake of those below on the Ledges. If we get some cool nights soon, verglas would be a concern. 
2016-07-19  Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-07-20, By: Talmadge
Info: Took Keyhole route up and down. Very light traffic today. Parking lot only had about 15 cars at 3:15 am when we arrived and was half full when we returned. Very overcast all the way up to the Keyhole with light rain along the way in places. Blue sky on the opposite side of the keyhole with a few clouds which was a welcomed relief. Trail is free of snow/ice all the way up. Absolutely gorgeous day on an awesome mountain. 

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