Posted On: 2015-11-09, By: FireOnTheMountain
Info: Lot of unconsolidated. Lambslide felt stable despite the healthy amount of snow. Really slow conditions top of crux to base diamond steps which were dry. Time consuming and hard work conditions.
Posted On: 2015-11-07, By: cordisimo
Info: I did Mt Lady Washington today, trail is completely packed to Chasm Junction and otherwise not too deep. I saw one party on Lambs Slide (looked like all snow aside from a few ice patches, could be a pretty thin coat of snow though), another mid-way through the boulder field and talked to another guy in the parking lot headed for Alexander‘s Chimney. Enough snow to be fun but not so much as for it to quite be a death march.
|2015-10-16||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-10-16, By: madadraw1
Info: Weather man called for no rain today, so did not start until 6AM. No wind on the summit either. There was some scattered areas of snow on The Trough. Would be doable in hiking boots alone, but easier with microspikes. Otherwise, this route remains free of snow. I added a picture of the worst of the snow we encountered on The Trough. Completed the hike in about 11.5 hours but that included a long break on the summit on a perfect Colorado day!
|2015-10-09||Route: Loft ascent, Keyhole descent
Posted On: 2015-10-09, By: bmcqueen
Info: Loft snowy. Crampons on upper half. Down climb into Kepplingers had a couple tricky snow covered moves. Homestretch mostly dry and in good shape. Some avoidable snow and ice. Narrows mostly dry with some avoidable snow and ice. Trough quite snowy and entry move on descent was tricky and snow covered. Spikes recommended for trough this weekend. Ledges were getting sun today and should be mostly dry Sat and Sun.
|2015-10-03||Route: Cables Route
Posted On: 2015-10-04, By: Wolfman_CO
Info: There was a decent dusting of snow from the Boulder Field on up early in the day. The North Face/Cables Route had snow and some ice. Winter equipment recommended- micro spike/crampons, ice axe, etc. Quite a few parties had turned around at the Keyhole due to the ice and snow. By mid afternoon the snow had all melted in the Boulder Field, but it did start to rain/snow on the drive out, so there is likely fresh snow this morning. Summer/Fall is ending quickly!
|2015-09-29||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-09-30, By: alpha
Info: Some snow up high Monday night (9/2. Trough: 3/4" of fluffy snow that made the rocks slick and required slow/careful travel. Not enough for micro-spikes, etc., to help. Narrows: wet in the usual places but not snowy or icy Homestretch: wet/snowy in some places. The snow was melting out when we were there and may or may not be turning into verglas. It was mostly avoidable, but once the shoes are wet it can make the rest slick because of it.
|2015-09-27||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-09-28, By: fortfunben
Info: There was very little snow on Sunday, September 27th. All easily avoidable. Narrows, ledges, and homestretch all dry. Took us just under 11 hours. Left trailhead at 4:35AM and returned at 3:30.
|2015-09-26||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-09-26, By: ezabielski
Info: Back to summer conditions. Who knows how long it will last. No problems with ice, snow, or seeping water. Barely a breeze in most place.
|2015-09-19||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-09-22, By: sirtimbly
Info: First time up Longs. Ice and snow were present past the Keyhole. On the Ledges, Trough, Narrows and Home-stretch. Nothing deeper than half an inch, and it was melting a little in the afternoon. I wouldn‘t say the snow is completely avoidable anymore, but it didn‘t require any special equipment either. Wind was extremely high above treeline all day, especially along the narrows where it gusted strong enough to rip a stocking cap off. Some people reported lots of ice in the boulders approaching the keyhole before the sun came up. I got there late enough that it wasn‘t a problem. Got to TH very late due to dead car battery back at camp. Started from TH at 4:45am. Arrived at Keyhole at 10am. Summit at 12:30pm. Back to TH at 7pm. (Getting pretty dark!)
|2015-09-18||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-09-18, By: cbrobin
Info: Yesterday I summited Longs with only a bit of snow in the trough. Woke up in Estes Park to see quite a bit of snow over the whole mountain. Slippery I bet. Shout out the guy from Indiana. Great hiking with you to the Keyhole.
|2015-09-13||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-09-15, By: Sunshineof1985
Info: This is my 44th fourteener this summer. My goal is to climb them all before the snow gets too bad. You can read more about this hike and others at Sunshineof1985.com! Enjoy! Distance: 14.77 mi. Elevation Gain: 5,100 ft. Time started: 8:45am End time: 5:15pm Time to Summit: 4 hours and 30 minutes Time to Descent: 3 hours (not including time spent on summit) GEAR (to bring): Helmet, GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, Topo Map from 14ers.com, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat, lightweight gloves, day pack with water sack (64 oz or more), snacks. Road Condition: Blacktop. Trail Condition: Dry and all snow/ice is 100% avoidable. The trail to the summit is extremely well marked with signs and bulls-eyes painted (once on the back side of the Keyhole). The trail through the forest is nice and easy. Once out of the trees, the wind started to pick up right away. Still an easy trail to follow with well marked junctions. The Keyhole was extremely windy BUT- it only lasts for a moment until you get onto the other side. On the backside of the keyhole, there is very little loose rock BUT, the rock is so smooth it becomes somewhat slippery. If it rained the night before, and the weather looks good all day, wait to leave until the sun is out to let the ice melt (early fall). It‘s also not as steep as what I expected it to be. I never felt overly exposed on the route.
|2015-09-12||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-09-13, By: daneburnell
Info: It was a phenomenal day on Longs. We only encountered ice once when my friend went off-route in the Trough, none if you stay on route. Timed it well, getting to the boulder field at 6:30am, right when it was getting light. Temps were nice. Sidenote: not many aspens have started to change color yet, but a lot of the shrubbery & bushes above treeline has turned dark browns/reds/yellows and is quite pretty. Sidenote 2: saw cars getting ticketed at the parking lot for sticking out 1 or 2 feet into no-parking areas, so don‘t do that. Timeline: 3:35am - left Trailhead 7:10 - arrived at Keyhole 7:30 - arrived at Trough 8:05 - arrived at Narrows 8:30 - summit 9:10 - left summit 9:30 - arrived at top of Trough 9:55 - arrived at Ledges 10:20 - arrived at Keyhole 1:15pm - returned to Trailhead
|2015-09-10||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-09-11, By: JQDivide
Info: Keyhole route trail is in great shape. Impressed with the conditions even with the number of people using it this summer. ICE? Boulder Field low water areas were frozen on our way through in the morning. Just don‘t step on it. The small snowy patches in the Trough were easy to spot. There is some ice in the Trough. Very little. There are two very obvious places you can easily avoid. But the real concern is small areas of snow melt that is now ice. Maybe a dozen or so areas the size of diner plates and trays. The concern is you won‘t see it unless you are looking for it. Not a major concern, just keep your eyes open and watch your footing and hand holds on some of the small flat areas. Again, nothing to worry about if you are observant. There were also a couple places on the Home Stretch, again, no real concern if you keep you eyes open. There was one line we just avoided because it was more wet than icy. I think with each new dusting of snow, more will melt and freeze. Keep an eye on the weather and updated conditions reports and don‘t freak out because someone said "ice" In short... yes there is SOME ice, minor amounts. Just use you brain and eyes and go around.
|2015-09-08||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-09-09, By: activecolorado
Info: There is now ice in many places through the Trough, on the Narrows and up the Homestretch. It was avoidable for the most part. We didn‘t use traction/microspikes, nor did we need them, but some of the ice was difficult to see in places, so be wary.
Posted On: 2015-09-08, By: dereferenced
Info: Lamb‘s slide is starting to get icy. I brought dull microspikes and no axe, climbing or traversing with that gear seemed crazy. I climbed the rocks left of lambs slide, I was a bit nervous about that but it turned out to be easy class 3, no route finding difficulty. Then I climbed up and around the top of the snow. I don‘t recommend that option, you have to gain some extra elevation, and it took me a long time moving slowly around on loose scree. I think carrying the weight of boots, axe, and crampons would probably not have slowed me down as much as that scramble did. The route after that felt easy by comparison. There‘s some patchy fresh snow on the north face but kieners and the keyhole are all dry. I didn‘t get a close look at the cables route crux. Kieners is a nice route for a windy day, it was gusting this morning but the terrain past chasm lake is sheltered and calm.
Posted On: 2015-08-30, By: cordisimo
Info: Update on Lambs Slide, I made it across with an axe and microspikes, but there were several sketchy sections; the 10ft on either side are complete ice. I‘d recommend crampons and an axe. It was bad enough that I‘m pretty sure I‘m done with Kieners for this year. On a positive note, Cables was surpringly quite dry!
|2015-08-22||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-08-23, By: JinCO
Info: Summited via the Keyhole Route. As noted, and as is typical, winds picked up significantly at the Keyhole. Wind through the Ledges and the Trough were bearable, but the wind increased significantly at the Narrows, reaching about 80-90 mph by estimation. The Homestretch was great, with little wind, and the summit was OK with wind as well. Views from the summit somewhat obscured due to recent smoke haze. Left trailhead at 12 a.m. (midnight) and summited at 6:15 a.m. for sunrise. On the descent, the majority of people on the mountain turned around at the Narrows and Trough, and many chose not to go through the Keyhole because of winds. Winds seemed calmer earlier in the day.
|2015-08-22||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-08-22, By: neodata686
Info: Hit the trail at 3:20 and made it to the keyhole in time for sunrise around 6-6:15. Summited around 7:50. Very windy throughout the entire trail. After talking to some rangers almost 75% of the people turned back although we heard it died down a little later in the morning. Overall beautiful day. No ice or snow from the dusting earlier in the week.
|2015-08-18||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2015-08-19, By: kenwil14
Info: Started at 4:30 and were at the Keyhole by about 7:10. It was a bit chilly and we added layers as we climbed. When we got to the Keyhole there was some seriously cold wind whipping eastward. There were a good 20 people waiting there to see if it would die down. We waited until 8 then decided to start on the ledges and see if the wind was any better there. It was much better. From the Keyhole to the top of the Homestretch the wind was bearable to nonexistent. Lots of people turned around at the Keyhole and didn‘t need to. The only other concern with the route were some icy patches in the trough and on the narrows--both of which were few and far between and very easy to avoid. Summited at in about 4 hours 45 min (from Longs Peak TH) at about 9:15. We were back at the car in just under 9 hours at about 13:30. Great climb!
Posted On: 2015-08-18, By: alwetend
Info: Attempted Kieners today. I usually go up without crampons and have little problems, but the snow has consolidated a great deal, and there is a significant amount of ice throughout Lambs slide. It‘s certainly still doable with crampons and ice axe, but it will probably be out of condition in about a week max. We climbed the rock rib to the left and tried to traverse over to Broadway but found ice almost the whole way so we climbed up and did the loft route instead. Always a great day to be on Longs though!