Posted On: 2017-02-18, By: JtheChemE
Info: Climbed and descended Trough today. Did not use snowshoes all day, the trail to Black Lake is runnable. The track set by bmcqueen and upgraded by brerrabbit is solid from Black Lake to the upper basin. No tracks in Trough from last weeks parties, they were filled in by windblown snow. By the time I was descending, my own tracks also largely gone, so be prepared to set your own steps. Snow was soft, made for slow going, but no real signs of instability. Homestretch definitely icy in spots from last weeks melt.
Posted On: 2017-02-18, By: Monster5
Info: We went up Dovetail Right (~M2 steep snow condition) and down Cables. No snowshoes needed or wanted up to Boulder field, though others had them. Good bootpack and all winter cuts bootpacked. N Face wind hammered and stripped. A few micro avy spots but overall pretty stable. All eye bolts and a lot of rock exposed on Cables. Dovetail had a couple mini rock pitches and one longer slabby pitch. A buddy also did Notch and a solo guy was booting up Through Direct.
|2017-02-13||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2017-02-13, By: ahumphreys000
Info: From 2/13: Went up to the boulder field on Longs Peak. Started about 8:30 a.m. from trailhead and back to the car around 2:15 p.m. Winter trails are looking great but heads up for some (and by some I mean quite a few) fallen trees on trails following that insane wind day last week. Trail cuts immediately to the right following the regular creek crossing near tree-line. A late start meant some posthole action going up but only above tree-line. Snow was okay going up with some graceful posthole dancing on the way down. I rock-hopped where I could for most of the day, cutting trail on snowfields (you'll see if you're up there in the next week.) OF NOTE: Several people turned away from the ridge to Chasm Lake today. Not sure if the snow was really that bad but plan accordingly because that ledge will always be a killer.
|2017-02-12||Route: Trough from Glacier Gorge
Posted On: 2017-02-12, By: bmcqueen
Info: Climbed from Glacier Gorge today. Great trench up to Black Lake. Beyond that, some snow shoe time to a bit before the base of the Trough. Trough is still a bit soft. We cramponed up the bottom and top and put snowshoes back on for middle. Narrows and Homestretch have a bit of snow, but very manageable in crampons. Plunge stepped whole way down Trough.
|2017-01-29||Route: North Face
Posted On: 2017-01-30, By: pbakwin
Info: North Face / Cables Winter trail is excellent below treeline. Variable conditions above, largely wind swept with snowfields you can walk on and places you posthole, but not usually very deep. Typical for this time of year. We brought snowshoes but never bothered with them - don't know why I ever bring snowshoes on Longs from the East. Microspikes were handy. Last few 100' below the eyebolts is consistent, very firm wind crust - excellent cramponing. First eyebolt (about 15' above the ground) is completely covered by snow, so the initial steep section on the Cables is easy. Above there snow coverage is thin, but thankfully stayed stuck to the rock. Climbing would be characterized as "mixed". The top steep section, 15' below the top eyebolt, is bare rock - awkward in crampons and heavy mittens. Middle & top eyebolts are completely exposed. Above the Cables are 2 somewhat spooky snowfields to cross as you wonder if these might decide to take you on a journey off the East Face. Then mix of snow & talus. BTW, Longs is windy in winter! Also, it is worth noting that the Sun is still not reaching the NF at any time of day. @thetinalewis posted a few pics on her instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BP3hhZ5A9Sf/?hl=en
|2017-01-21||Route: Lambs Slide & Chasm Lake trail
Posted On: 2017-01-23, By: bedevere
Info: First of all: FOUND: 1 red rubber and metal microspikes footwear attachment, and 1 teal green longsleeve garment. It was presumably left near the trail on or before the 21st. Email me if this is yours!!! Pass the word. arj3000 -at- gmail ***SEE 1ST HALF OF THIS REPORT FOR CONDITIONS AND FIRST 8 PHOTOS. This "report" is added so I could include 8 additional photos.***
|2017-01-21||Route: Lambs Slide & Chasm Lake trail
Posted On: 2017-01-23, By: bedevere
Info: First of all: FOUND: 1 red rubber and metal microspikes footwear attachment, and 1 teal green longsleeve garment. It was presumably left near the trail on or before the 21st. Email me if this is yours!!! Pass the word. arj3000 -at- gmail CONDITIONS REPORT: Longs Peak trailhead up through the forest was several feet of packed snow; no ice. Nice easy winter walking. Microspikes or crampons could be helpful on some of the steeper shortcuts, but not necessary. Packed part of trail 1-2 feet wide. Above treeline the snow was also good, though up to 6 inches of snow to sink into up to Chasm Junction. Trail to Chasm Lake was deeper, generally 6-12 inches of snow to sink into (on top of many more feet of snow). It's basically an all-snow hike; rocks are buried. There was a shallow slab avalanche between Peacock and Lady Washington that had occurred by the time I return-hiked this section... but overall, snow was pretty stable. Chasm Lake frozen solid and covered in snow.... about 6 inches of loose stuff on top with a bit of crust. Lambs Slide, Broadways and Flying Dutchman FULL of snow. Surprisingly stable snow in Lambs Slide, but deep. Most of the gully I sank in 12 to 30 inches. A bit slabby on top in places, but "lightweight" slab and seemed very stable after several days without snow. (Of course a small amount of new snow fell that afternoon but just added a little sluff on top.) Great snow climbing considering such snow amounts would normally create a bit more avalanche danger. IRON GATES route was nearly snow-free, at least viewed from below. Very surprising considering the HEAVY snows in the couloirs below Loft/Beaver/Diamond. ***SEE MY 2ND COPY OF PEAK CONDITIONS FOR 8 MORE PHOTOS.***
|2017-01-21||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2017-01-22, By: unclegar
Info: Longs Peak East Trail. Also went to Chasm Jct. The lower trail had obvious boot tracks as well as snowshoe tracks. I used snowshoes. Took the winter cutoff and once above treeline I barely punched through but there was a trail of tracks next to me most of the time. I took a little more direct route. It was cold enough that I mostly stayed on top of the snow if I walked next to the herd trail. Very cold near Chasm Jct. but it was also getting close to dusk. Water line froze, phone quit, GPS quit. Good thing I was just going for some exercise.
|2017-01-07||Route: Longs Peak Trail
Posted On: 2017-01-07, By: d_baker
Info: Hiked as far as Chasm Lake junction. Trail to there is trenched out since recent storm.
|2017-01-01||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2017-01-01, By: thatclimberguy
Info: Summited the Keyhole route today. Besides some high wind gusts, the route is in good condition. Solid trench thru treeline. Patchy/avoidable windblown snow after treeline to the keyhole. Trough has the most snow as usual, have good footwear. I did summit in microspikes after the keyhole, but legit Crampons are best after that, be careful. Ice Axe would be helpful after the keyhole, but if you only ave trekking poles, that'd probably be fine for present conditions. Narrows and Homestretch have very little snow night now
|2016-12-29||Route: Keplinger`s Couloir
Posted On: 2016-12-30, By: justiner
Info: From Wild Basin, 3 of us went out and established a trench on trail from the TH to ~ 1/2 mile to Sandbeach Lake, where we moved off trail. That trench should be around for a few days, until out of treeline, where the wind will obliterate it. Kep. is very dry, with only patches of snow. Kicking down rocks is a danger. Top of Keps to Homestretch has a few small snowfields, which will be your greatest objective dangers, as they're just windblown slabs sticking to the rocks. Homestretch is relatively snow/ice free and requires no additional equipment to get up/down. Prepare for a long day. If you find a lone snowshoe, well, that's mine. Beer upon its return! https://www.instagram.com/p/BOoJUIqBrqu/
|2016-11-26||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-11-26, By: Zak Mcracken
Info: Similar to the last conditions report. Extremely mild day on Longs. Didn't see a single person from after the fork at Chasm Lake until below the Keyhole on the way down. Windy in the boulder field below the Keyhole, then very little wind on route until the summit. Snow and a few wind slabs building up on the ledges -- slabs can be avoided. Trough is mixed rock and hard snow, slightly slightly softer on the way down -- crampons were very useful. Narrows and homestretch largely free of snow that can be totally avoided, or is in flat sections where it doesn't matter.
|2016-11-13||Route: Loft - via East Longs Trailhead
Posted On: 2016-11-15, By: Kevin Baker
Info: The Loft has some ice that can be avoided below the exit ledge. Microspikes were useful. There is a small section of steep snow on the ledge exit. The exit left out of Keplingers has some minor ice patches.
|2016-11-10||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-11-10, By: CoHi591
Info: Absolutely beautiful day on Longs. Not a cloud in the sky, absolutely no wind, and didn't see another person from the time I left my car until I got back to Chasm junction on my way down. Info from the last condition report still relevant... hard packed snow on the trail from just after Chasm to the start of the boulder field, deeper stuff between the boulders easy to avoid but I did posthole up to my thigh once or twice. Past the Keyhole there's a decent amount of snow and ice. But much of it is avoidable or inconsequential, and there's a good boot pack in place so I didn't feel the need to use any extra gear. The trough, as previously reported, is pretty full of snow and ice. This was the challenging part of the day for me, and I think traction and an ice ax are pretty necessary to comfortably ascend the upper part. I would say from this point forward your spikes and ax should definitely come with. The narrows and homestretch had a little bit of snow/ice, but not enough to make it feel too different than it normally does. The trough is really the only area to take extra care. Had a blast sliding down it though. Here are a few pictures.
|2016-11-05||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-11-06, By: psaavedra26
Info: Summited on Saturday 11/5. Hard packed snow on granite pass trail. 1-3 feet of snow near the end of the boulder field. Patches of packed snow on the ledges. The trough is covered in ice and 2-4 feet of snow the whole way through. Crampons or microspikes would be helpful but not necessary to get up. Patches of packed snow on the narrows. The homestretch cracks have snow deep down in them but other cracks remain dry. If you plan on going up be prepared for cold, wet and windy conditions.
|2016-10-30||Route: View from the Area, West side
Posted On: 2016-10-31, By: WillRobnett
Info: Keyhole far left at the ridge, The Trough center right heading up.
|2016-10-27||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-10-28, By: Jrodicon
Info: 1-2 feet of snow covering a lot of the ledges and trough. The crux of the ledges (with the 2 bars sticking out of the rock) is clear. Narrows and homestretch had a bit of ice and snow but were pretty bare overall. Used microspikes and ice axe.
|2016-10-22||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-10-23, By: frodacious
Info: Summitted Longs on Saturday in 5.5 hours. Trail good to the Keyhole, then there was a decent amount of snow on the Ledges section. Even the surfaces without snow had a layer of rime that made them a bit slick. Easily doable with microspikes and an ice axe. The trough had more rime, ice, and snow and was a bit more difficult. I put my microspikes on at the beginning of the Trough. Sections of the trough I was able to snow climb with my axe. The narrows had a bit of ice but the ice patches were avoidable. The Homestrecth was snow and ice free up until the upper third. At this point the part that you naturally want to climb was filled with snow. The snow section here was easy with spikes and ice axe. Incredibly gusty conditions made this climb exhilarating. I had to hug a rock at the chockstone between the narrows and homestrech in order to not get knocked over by the wind. Conditions might be changing soon as I hear there is supposed to be some snow falling up there in the near future.
|2016-10-09||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-10-10, By: LataLizzy
Info: Be prepared for lots of snow past the keyhole. Microspikes are a necessity, and gators are really nice to have as well. You could wear snow pants, I suppose, but you may get too hot in the later part of the day. I was fine in a warm, windproof jacket with two base layers, leggings, gators, spikes, ski gloves, and a hat. Be ready for the snow to slow you down significantly. I'm not a terribly slow hiker, and it took me just under 7 hours to summit. Come prepared and start early!
|2016-10-01||Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2016-10-01, By: Marmot96
Info: Great weather today - no wind and a pretty warm day. The narrows still has some snow/ice (likely isn't going anywhere) but it is very doable with microspikes. Plan on the section past the Keyhole taking a little extra time due to slippery rock.