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hiking
19 days ago

One of the great peaks to hike, but is a serious undertaking, not for inexperienced beginners. Bad weather can blow up on the nicest of days. I've been in snow flurries in July several times. It is a long hike and a 3-4 am start is important.

backpacking
1 month ago

So much fun!

If you want an intense workout to start your hike, I highly suggest this trail. The first part is more difficult, lots of switchbacks but there are some great landscape views. The town's that surround these trails have done a great job of allowing us access, while they rebuild, after those devastating floods.
Totally worth the drive to get there❤️

Took off on impulse in early March with all the snow. The first hour and a half had no views at all. After you cross the first major draw and head up the next ridge you get a glimpse of the valleys below and Mt. Lady Washington and Longs Peak above. It was truly breathtaking. Keep an eye on the weather. We stopped there as clouds were coming in and still got snowed on big. Made it out in the nick of time. Will definitely be back with camping gear this summer to dominate the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Made it as far as the Keyhole in July 2016 before being turned around by freezing rain and snow. Challenging hike with great views. Will be back to complete the summit of this iconic peak.

Among my favorites for young kids. Plenty of tree cover and a steady incline, but not too steep for little legs and if you are wearing a baby. We used to hike this almost weekly, leaving Loveland about 10am, packing light lunch to eat on trail or in car after, and home around 2 pm, just iin time for naps.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail between a forest path. My family and I went up late around 2:30pm on January 20th, so we only hiked about 2 miles towards Eugenia Mine. We took beautiful pictures and saw many footprints in the snow but no wildlife other than a little squirrel. We definitely plan on going back and hiking farther.

Just completed it a couple days ago. It’s a long and hard trail. But the summit is worth it. Started at 4am to ensure the appropriate time. Climb on!

hiking
4 months ago

Did this in 9/2016. 3rd ever hike and it was brutal above tree line. Little bit of snow, sleet and rain....and lots of wind. Last 3/4 mile up visibility was terrible. Fellow hiker caught up to me and we booked it to the top. No views whatsoever! Would've turned around if I continued by myself as the weather was getting rough. Started this hike at 7:30 AM. Wear light but very warm and wind resistant clothing if doing this late Sept! Stayed in the small town of Nederland after, awesome place!

on Longs Peak Trail

4 months ago

This can be an amazing hike but is difficult. Prepare yourself for the elevation and pay attention to the weather.

I’ve lived/worked in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area for the last 4 years. Two-thirds of this trail is above the tree line. An early start is strongly recommended...no later than 9:00 am. The fee was raised in 2017 to $11.00.

Love this trail. Haven’t done it since September. Takes a lot of endurance and you have to be ready for the exposure on ledges with big drop offs. If you take your time you’ll be ok but I would not do this hike as your first 14er and definitely not in winter. Tried to go do chasm lake today but ended up getting stuck on longs peak road and had to be pulled out. No reviews have mentioned the the road yet so I wanted to leave a review letting people know that if you don’t have 4 wheel drive do not drive up the road in winter as it doesn’t get plowed. I drive a Nissan Versa and should have known better. Jeeps we’re getting stuck going up the road. Stay safe

on Longs Peak Trail

5 months ago

This is a very difficult hike for a novice. Do not attempt this hike if you are afraid of heights..unless you're wanting to fully immerse yourself in the exact fear you want to conquer.

hard but worthy.

hiking
5 months ago

Really beautiful hike. It's a quick way up above treeline, and then a very long difficult hike from there. The first time I hiked this I did an overnight and camped at the 4th of July mine. People are not kidding, and take them seriously when they say this trail is far more difficult than its moderate rating. This area is prone to intense winds, and some spots of decently high exposure and steep drops. You're hiking atop a ridge. You're exposed to tons of wind, any weather that moves in(especially lighting) is extremely serious. If you hike the entire thing brings lots of food, water, and layers. There is no where along this route that you will be able to fill your water bottle.

Closed until further notice while Larimer County upgrades area and Big Thompson Canyon & Hwy 34 is restored. Found out the hard way after scoping out the trail on this app the night before.
https://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/parks

Great trail! Hiked this yesterday (9/23/2017) and left the trailhead at about 7:30am I believe. Completed 85% of it and had to turn around due to snow at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

14ers view without the crowd. Super windy and cold at the top. 70% of the trail is above treeline so keep an eye on the weather. Well marked trail except for the last 1/4 of it is a rock scramble but plenty of cairns to guide you.

hiking
7 months ago

I've been wanting to do this hike since I was a kid, and finally got the chance to do it. We got started around 2:30am and lucked out with great weather for the most part - except for a small amount of hail while halfway up the trough. This hike is challenging, but definitely attainable if you're in decent shape and can handle some scrambling and exposure. Can't beat the feeling of making it to the summit.

Yesterday; amazing! Some hail in the afternoon, but a must to hike.

backpacking
7 months ago

Summited on 8/31 after spending the night at the Boulder Field. My partner and I lucked out and had incredible weather for the hike up to camp and our summit day. It was a Thursday and we managed to snag the entire summit to ourselves for around 5 minutes. We ended up only seeing one other person at the top!

Do not under estimate this hike. Take lots of high energy snacks and at least 3L of water. Dress in layers! It feels incredible to make it to the top but it feels twice as good to make it back to your car. Be prepared to turn around if you feel uncomfortable once past the Keyhole. Climbing Longs is more of a sense of accomplishment than anything. There are plenty of safer hikes with much better views throughout the park. I HIGHLY recommend Mt. Ida if you think Longs isn't right for you!

Good hike to a 13000+ summit. Views are amazing from top! Trail is well marked except for last 600-800ft. .. just go up and pick your path carefully. Can be windy and cold on top so be prepared.

This is my favorite hike! Definitely family friendly.

hiking
7 months ago

A good mix for a class 3 14er. It has the boulder field to the keyhole. The ledge and narrows for some excitement. The physically demanding trough (watch out for rocks from climbers above - possibly helmet recommended or keep your ears open for people screaming rock) and the final push. Overall a nice class 3 experience. We did start at 2 am and about a dozen car parks spaces were open.

hiking
7 months ago

I summited Long's Peak on August 30th. Great physical challenge. Left at 2:45 am and took just over 7 hours to the summit. Went on a Wednesday and it wasn't too crowded. It rained a bit on my descent when I was at the ledges. The rocks became VERY slick and dangerous. I had to use my treking poles and slow down considerably until things dried up. You need to be in good shape and not easily scared for this climb. I saw a few people struggling with fear and a few turn back at the high exposure spots past the Keyhole. I read and followed the tips and training recommendations in Paul Nesbit's book on Long's Peak and was very well prepared. I am 50 years old and one of the oldest on the trail when I went.

Awesome views from the top. Well worth the trek!

Both the "Summit Trail" and the "Nature Trail" are maintained by the members of the Loveland Mountain Club. Two things that are helpful to know about the"Summit Trail" trail: (1). It's a dry trail, there aren't any sources of water available, (2) If you want a nice summit view follow the little use trail from the summit cairn about twenty - thirty yards to the west for an excellent view of the Mummy Range peaks.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a fun and beautiful climb. It's a hike for the first 5.5-6 miles, but prepared to scramble ("climb") and know your limits once you reach the Keyhole and beyond. Descent was harder for me because apparently I have the balance of a toddler learning to walk and the ankles of Gumby. C'est la vie.

hiking
7 months ago

Wow! Quite the hike! Busy holiday weekend. Crowded summit. Even at 4AM had to park a half mile down the road. No wind, no clouds.

hiking
7 months ago

Very fun and Long trail. Took me 8.5 hours and had a great time.

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