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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

Arrived at the trailhead at 1:45AM on Saturday 8/1. The parking lot was almost full at this time during the weekend. Most of the hike below tree line and the boulder field were done in the dark. We reached the keyhole just before 6AM. From all the reviews I read I was prepared for pretty scary situations but I was met with almost the opposite. All of the narrow areas have plenty of footing to squeeze by. The inclines are not as steep as they look. I will say the Trough was a lot harder than anticipated and definitely ate the most time - both up AND down. We summited around 7am and spent close to 45 minutes up there. Huge area about the size of a football field. Beautiful views of the national park to the north. The hike down was TOUGH. When you turn the corner of the keyhole to the boulder field you will be blasted with the sun baking the rocks. Make sure to bring layers to strip down on the way back. If you’re hiking down around noon the pine trees won’t provide much shade. Overall a 5 star hike that I would do again and recommend to anyone. We had a 1st time 14’r with us from the Midwest. He put in a lot of training. This is definitely not a 14’r for someone who hasn’t put in the effort to train.

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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

Hiked August 4, light wind and mostly clear skies. Started at 3.10am from trailhead (parking lot had 5 spaces left) and returned to parking lot at 2pm. I took an accidental detour to chasm lake, watch out for that split in the trail! I was nervous in anticipation of this hike from the reviews and photos/videos I'd seen, but don't let this deter you because they make it look worse than it actually is. I have a few days of climbing experience (barely anything) and I was fine on this. The narrows had sufficient trail space between rock and edge, with great hand holds for support. The homestretch was tough but not scary, if you do slide a bit you don't fall off the edge because it's not anywhere close to being vertical as long as you follow the bullseyes spray-painted on the rocks. If it seems too much, you can always just turn around. Overall for me, I was worried from the things I'd heard, but it really wasn't that bad, just take your time and start early to leave sufficient time to avoid being on the summit for when the storms roll in. What was hard was the amount of hiking, definitely want to be comfortable hiking a long day if planning on reaching the summit and returning, because getting to the top is only half the journey. Some people wore helmets, but a lot didn't. I met a few people that said it was their first 14'er, but I would recommend getting comfortable at elevation and general mountain hiking before attempting Longs just to be safe.

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Hiked this trail on August 1st, it was a gorgeous, tiring and challenging at times but being at the top was just as rewarding with spectacular views. Hike up until the boulder field isn’t bad and did most of it in the dark with a headlamp. But anything past the keyhole will require your full concentration and one misstep could be fatal. Personably I thought the ledges, troughs and narrows weren’t as scary as I thought they would be but Homestretch was a different story. I crawled all the way to the top on all fours. Summit was huge and plenty of place to rest, eat and even nap if you have the time. The thought of getting down the homestretch was scary but I literally slid down on my butt almost the whole way to the narrows. It took me 45 mins to climb up through homestretch and 20 mins to get down but not everyone will like sliding down like I did so please use your instincts and good judgement. We were at the summit pretty late due to a communication gap in the group I went with so we were trying to get out of the exposed area as fast and safely as we could. We got rained on, hailed on along with thunderstorms and lighting. We took shelter under giant rocks with cave like structure and waited for the lightening to be over. We jogged most of the way down up until we reached the tree line. It was nice to be able to enjoy the nature since our climb up was at dark and missed out on the views. Overall an incredible day and epic climb.

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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

I hiked Longs Peak on 8/3. This was my third 14er and it was quite challenging. I left the trailhead at 1:45am and reached the keyhole just before sunrise even though I added an extra mile on a missed turn. The scrambling after the keyhole was brutal but a fun challenge. The climb does require extreme caution at some parts due to narrow ledges and steep climbing, so be careful! I reached the summit at 6:45am. I believe I was the second person up that morning so I had the summit mostly to myself. The views are amazing at the top as well as on the way up. The climb down until the boulder field is exhausting since you have to be so careful not to roll any rocks and slip. I took my time on the down climb just to be extra safe. After the keyhole and the boulder field the hike down was loooong and tiresome. The down climb took me 4:30 whereas the climb up took 5:00. Don't underestimate the hike down. My feet are quite sore...

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You don’t need a RMNP pass to get here. The trail entrance is not marked- look for some logs that outline a path in between no trespassing signs. Parking is on the side of the road. A lady who lives in the area said don’t park on the curves. Very shady path, not difficult , pretty little lake.

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Completed this amazing hike over the weekend on Saturday. Started off on the trail at 1:30AM and even in the pitch black, the path was very easy to follow with only a headlamp for the first ~4.5 to 5 miles. Then came the boulder field which is where the ‘path’ ends and it turns into somewhat of a ‘choose your own adventure’ for the next 1 to 1.5 miles up to the keyhole. Navigating this part is a bit tricky in the dark, but you’ll find cairn set out here and there to help you find your way. I hike relatively fast, so I made it to the keyhole at 4AM, much earlier than I anticipated. I took a moment here to rest and enjoy the incredible view of the stars and the Milky Way. Since I was hiking solo, my plan was to wait here for some experienced Longs climbers to tag along with for the remainder of the challenging Class 3 route. Soon I found a climbing partner and we left the keyhole around 5AM to finish the last 1.5 miles to the summit. This is where the climbing gets much more challenging, and you need to be very alert and cautious with your hand and foot holds. You also need to be very careful to follow the marked route with Bullseyes, as getting too far off track could be very dangerous. First comes the Ledges, which was very exposed in some places. Then you’ll need to march straight upward through the Trough (watch out for loose rock here). Then comes the Narrows which is similar to the ledges in terms of exposure, but a bit shorter in length. Finally you find yourself in the Homestretch, which is a very steep crawl/climb up the last ~250ft to the summit. We made the summit at 6AM, just in time to catch the sunrise over the Eastern plains. Once you get to the top, you can see why so many people work so hard to get there. The views are absolutely stunning! This was only my 11th 14er, but it was by far the most breathtaking, both literally and figuratively speaking. After the long haul back, I finally made it back to the trailhead at 10AM, and slept very well that evening! Remember - when you make the summit, you are only halfway done with your hike. The trip back down through the Homestretch, Narrows, Trough, and Ledges require the same, if not higher, level of care and caution as it does for the way up. Some general tips if you are considering doing this hike and wanting to actually summit: - Leave early! Goal is to pass through the keyhole around 6AM, so depending on your hiking speed, you should probably plan to start your hike around 2-3AM - Hike with a capable/experienced group or partner, or find one to join up with at the keyhole - Bring good boots with good ankle support as you’ll be spending your entire day hiking over loose rock - Be aware of the weather and bring warm clothes, understanding weather patterns can change abruptly at those altitudes - Bring plenty of water and snacks, you’ll be burning 2000+ calories, so you’re going to need that fuel!

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Hiking

Does anybody have any advice on getting through the boulder field? I was planning on doing the whole climb but by the time I was atop the boulder field I was completely wiped..Just wondering if there’s any “easy” way through it if I ever head back.

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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

This was a very fun, and very challenging hike for a couple Texans. The first bit through the woods is easy, but the part across the boulders/rocks was definitely harder. Lots of moments of no defined trail, but we followed the cairns though and had no issues. Pretty steep towards the end, stopped to catch my breath a lot! We only saw two other couples on the hike, one at the top and one on the way down. Felt like we had the place to ourselves. Sitting up top by the glacier was my favorite moment of the trip. The view was mind blowing. Nature’s infinity pool. Had to hike across some hard snow, slid around a little but no biggie. Loved it!

Amanda Auen reviewed Bluebird Lake Trail
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Started at glacier gorge parking lot, took Alberta falls then left for north longs inlet trail, turned down boulder brook trail and ended at berdstadt parking lot. Went on Saturday and after leaving Alberta falls I only saw 8 people in 2 groups, very quiet less traveled loop, tranquil.

Sam Sinkhorn reviewed Bluebird Lake Trail
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HikingFeeRockySnow

The wildflowers were just stunning today (8/1/20) and the early morning temps were just right. This is an absolutely gorgeous trail with some variety. It also wasn’t very busy at all, especially hiking all the way to Bluebird. Here’s some logistics if helpful: Got to the trail just before 530 am and there were still quite a few parking spots. Saw only ~5 groups heading to Bluebird. I needed a headlamp for about the first 15 minutes of my hike. This hike is long so be prepared for that. My Garmin tracked about 14 miles total. Most of the elevation gain is near the end when reaching Bluebird but it’s nothing too difficult. The snowfield just before the lake was pretty slushy so I’m glad I had poles to help with stability. There is a bit of route finding involved but just look for the Cairns or check your map. I was back at my car by 1 pm and got rained on for the last half mile of the hike. Be on the lookout for moose! We saw a big guy enjoying is breakfast right on the trail. If you get to the entrance before 6 am you don’t need a timed reservation, but I’m assuming you still need a pass of some sort (I’m an annual NP pass holder so I just displayed that on my rear-view mirror.)

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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Arrived at the trailhead at 4:30am on a Sunday, had to park 2/10 of a mile away. Hiked in the dark with headlamps for ~1.5 hours before the sky started to lighten up - our dim headlamps made it more difficult than it needed to be. Exited the treeline before sunrise and got a beautiful show when the sun finally came up. Hardly saw anyone on the trail until the bolder field where several other parties were getting ready to head up. The bolder field has rock-pile cairns which were helpful to follow - even though you can pick your own path, following the cairns meant one less thing to think about. We ditched our trekking poles after going through the keyhole and picked them back up on our descent - you'll need your hands for climbing/scrambling. I started with the poles strapped to my backpack but they were catching on rocks and, considering the sheer drop along the ledges, it seemed like a better idea to potentially lose them than to fall off the mountain as a result of them getting caught on something. The trough was a slog - a 600' vertical scramble that will suck the life out of you. It's tedious and tiring but not too technically difficult. This is followed by the narrows and the homestrech which look intimidating but, aside from a few poorly positioned rocks, and the fact that you're probably pretty tired at this point, are manageable. The summit is huge and flat and there are plenty of places to rest and enjoy the 360 views. Coming down was scary because I was tired and didn't trust my legs, so I used my hands and butt pretty liberally. It took us 2.5 hours to come down from the summit and reach the keyhole and we were moving on pace with a couple of other hiking groups. This is worth noting because, like clockwork, there are early afternoon storms on Longs and you don't want to be on the summit when they come in. By the time we cleared the bolderfield at 1pm, the top of the mountain was lost in clouds and we booked it down to the treeline - still several miles away - under thunder and light rain and hail. Got back to the car at 3pm. Had left a printout of our yearly park pass and a note saying that we arrived at the trailhead at 4:30am - aka before the timed entry passes are required - which, if the rangers noticed, must have been sufficient because we weren't ticketed or anything like that. Overall, a spectacular hike, scary as the vertical drops were threatening to psych me out and this was my first 14er, but very rewarding and well worth it.

Erin Bingaman reviewed Chapin, Chiquita, Ypsilon
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Saw hella marmots. Get there early for parking. Great hike, good “intro peaks”

Adam Skinner reviewed Thunder Lake Trail
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