Peak(s):  Longs Peak  -  14,255 feet
Date Posted:  07/30/2013
Date Climbed:   07/27/2013
Author:  4 LO
 Longs Peak-Keyhole Route  

I finally made it up Longs Peak! On my previous attempt I had to turn around due to elevation sickness. This mountain truly is a blast to climb! My speed up the mountain was middle of the pack, so you can guesstimate your own time from my numbers.

Conditions: Perfect! Absolutely no snow or ice on this route. The only thing to watch for is water on the homestretch but it is easily avoided.

Start time: 2 am

Summited at: 8 am (6 hours to summit)

Got back to trailhead at: 12:50 (4 hours 20 minutes down)

Roundtrip time minus break at top: 10 hours 20 minutes

Any surprises?: The Narrows and the Homestretch were much shorter than I expected but still a challenge.

Looking back at the Ledges from the start of the Trough

Looking up the Trough

Looking at the start of the Narrows from the middle of the Narrows

Looking at the end of the Narrows from the middle of the Narrows

Looking down the Homestretch from the summit

The summit

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 Comments or Questions

07/31/2013 03:36
A great peak for sure. I hope to get up there one day.

Derby Ale

07/31/2013 04:20
That's me taking a picture of the USGS marker! Did I meet you up there? My buddy and I also summitted right at 8:00 am. What were you wearing?

4 LO

Re: Me!
07/31/2013 12:25
I was wearing gray pants and a black shirt. I can't really tell by the picture if you were one of guys I talked to or not. If you were you would remember me because we talked about our Canon cameras!

Derby Ale

Re: Me!
07/31/2013 14:13
Yup, that was us! You had the 6D. I was hoping the shot I took for you was up to confirm. Nice meeting you up there. Glad you had a good trip as well.


route finding
07/31/2013 16:42
as you all started at 2 am, did you have any issues route finding in the dark? hoping to get a similar early start tomorrow so all info is greatly appreciated! thanks

Derby Ale

Re: route finding
07/31/2013 20:42
My buddy and I started about 30 minutes after 4 LO did and hit the trail head right at 2:30 am. As long as you have a head lamp, the trail is VERY easy to follow.

About .3 miles in, you'll hit a fork in the trail, which you need to stay left on, but you also can't miss it and there is a sign pointing you in the proper direction. There's only one more divide on the trail that I remember before reaching the Boulder Field, which is also very well marked (this was 3.5 miles into the trail). Don't forget to stop and look back from time to time to see the trail of head lamps behind you which is a fun sight. Not sure how many there will be on a week day, but hopefully still some to view.

4 LO

Re: route finding
08/01/2013 01:14
to follow up on Derby Ale's comments: you won't have any problems with route finding. My headlamp died about 1 1/2 hours in and I was still able to find the trail by moonlight. The moon was bright and the sky was clear on Saturday morning. Have a great hike!

4 LO

Re: Me!
08/01/2013 01:17
Derby Ale it was good to meet you up there too! The picture you took for me turned out great, thanks!

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