Longs Peak Trailhead
Info

Location

Road Difficulty

Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD paved to the TH.

Driving Directions

The trailhead is west of Colorado 7 and can be reached from the north or the south. For the northern approach, drive 9.2 miles south from the intersection of US 36 and CO 7 to the turnoff for the Ranger Station. For the southern approach, drive north 10 miles from the junction of CO 7 and CO 72 on the Peak to Peak Highway to the Ranger Station turnoff. From the turnoff drive west 1 mile to the trailhead. Note: Car-camping is not allowed in the parking area. There is a tent campground nearby and a couple of full campgrounds near Meeker Park.

Winter Access

Open year-round.
Status Updates 
  
Posted By: CaptCO
Info: A few downed trees, nothing needed for the split approach. Ill start posting updates in calender winter again. Useless until then
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Posted By: sky_high
Info: Reiterating prior report. Road is open. Rangers are issuing warnings for those in ’no parking’ zones. Lot was full by 3am, by 4 had to park 1/2 mile away along roadside. If you get there by 5 or later good luck, expect to park well away or wait for hours for people who are leaving. No reservation/pass needed if parked before 6am: Rangers may check cars in the lot for parking time but didn’t along the roadside. Campground is closed indefinitely.
 
Posted By: mtgoatmike
Info: Road is clear all the way to the parking lot. Lots of parking available, if you arrive early enough...if not, you will have to park down the road, downhill. All bathrooms were open and very clean.
 
Posted By: ellenmseb
Info: on a Monday with a good weather forecast: mostly empty at 2am, completely full at 4am. Not sure if you could hike if arriving after 4am on a weekday.
 
Posted By: jscully205
Info: Open and ready to be gangbanged by everyone. Get there before 6 and avoid the need for permit. Write time of arrival down and place on dashboard. Info confirmed by Park Ranger at TH. In summary, alpine start equals sendage.
 
Posted By: Burtonblend
Info: great trail conditions for late august and full sun all day. spent the night in the boulder field with low winds. summit was ideal conditions in the morning with small amount of wind at keyhole, but calm after a few feet on the narrows and for the remainder of the climb.
 
Posted By: chuckstriker
Info: Saturday night trailhead parking lot was half full before our Sunday hike leaving early a.m.
 
Posted By: jhalee4
Info: Got to the parking lot at 1:15am Saturday morning and the lot was already 100% full. I parked on the road right outside the lot.
 
Posted By: ksroqclimber
Info: There is no cost to park here even though it is maintained by the NPS. No need for a park permit. Hadn’t seen anyone mention this info previously.
 
Posted By: daway8
Info: Parking is totally free of snow and easily accessible to anyone.
 
Posted By: bond22
Info: Dry Dry Dry
 
Posted By: WillRobnett
Info: 3 to 4 inches fresh and unplowed starting at the turn off for the ranger’s station on Peak-to-Peak hwy 7.
 
Posted By: kayleenann8
Info: Clear and dry to TH. We arrived to a very full parking lot at 2 am on a Sunday. My guess is that its totally full by 3 am.
 
Posted By: Michael Underwood
Info: This is always one of the most accessible trailheads in the winter, but for those of you with 2WD and no snow tires, be careful going up the paved road to the parking lot - it‘s pretty snowy currently, and you can definitely slip around a bit as you negotiate the turns. I saw an SUV in the ditch and some skid marks in the snow, indicating another car that had run into a bank of plowed snow beside the road. Also, the parking area can get a bit cramped at the moment since not all of it has been plowed, restricting the official parking area to the first few spaces.
 
Posted By: Tyler Phillips
Info: Longs Peak Road and Trailhead had been reopened.
 
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: Longs Peak TH closed

On 9/22/2013 I found a barricade on the road closure leading to the trailhead/parking lot.
The sign says: TEMPORARY CLOSURE: DUE TO FLOODING AND STRUCTURAL DAMAGE THIS AREA IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
 
Posted By: richwill
Info: Road is plowed and dry to ranger station. Parking area is plowed and accessable to any vehicle.
 
Posted By: richwill
Info: Longs Peak Road plowed & mostly clean all the way to rangers station. Accessable in any vehicle with decent tires.
 
Posted By: mountainmicah83
Info: Ranger‘s Station parking lot was dry as were the roads leading to it.
 
Posted By: Dancesatmoonrise
Info: Plowed roads to plowed parking at the ranger station (TH.) We had the place to ourselves; parking was no issue. The trail was hard packed most of the way. We wore snowshoes but the track is firm, with the exception of some of the brush in the 11‘s. The boulderfield is dry. The approach to Cables has considerably more snow than we‘d seen in prior winter trip reports. The first eyebolt is under about four feet of snow.
 
Posted By: Urban Snowshoer
Info: The trailhead will be dry this time of year.

Previous posters have pointed out how quickly the parking lot fills up. If you arrive too late to find a park space--not hard to do--watch the no parking signs.

I was on a trip when someone at NPS decided to enforce the no-parking zone and towed the car, so if you arrive too late to park in the lot, pay attention to which side of the road you‘re on. The last thing you want is to be tired and come back and learn you‘re car got towed.
 
Posted By: Urban Snowshoer
Info: Previous posters have pointed out how quickly the parking lot fills up. Be mindful of where you park, as I‘ve been on at least on trip where the car got towed because it was parked in the wrong place--the rules do get enforced.
 
Posted By: Urban Snowshoer
Info: Any recent snow and/or ice affects only higher up areas (12,000+ feet), so the trailhead should still be dry.
 
Posted By: Greenhouseguy
Info: Zero snow at trailhead. Trail was absolutely dry up to the point that I turned off of the Longs Peak Trail towards the Eugenia Mine (9,450 feet). No snow all the way to the summit of Estes Cone (11,007 feet).
 
Posted By: Scanner
Info: Went some ways up the Longs Peak trail on Friday. Few bare patches of ground, mostly snow still. Don’t need snowshoes, but trekking poles recommended as the snow is slippery in spots. Trail gets a little icy above the bridge.
 



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