Explore the most popular skiing trails in Rocky Mountain National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked Longs Peak many years ago; didn't realize at the time how difficult it was. Incredibly beautiful and well worth it, but make sure you are prepared and in great shape.

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

So much fun!

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
2 months 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.

hiking
4 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!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Beautiful, not traveled by many. You need snow shoes here

on Longs Peak Trail

5 months ago

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

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

6 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.

Awesome 3 day hike!

hiking
8 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
8 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!

hiking
8 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
8 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.

hiking
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

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

Awesome! We lucked out and had wonderful weather. The trail description was perfect. A nice, tough trail with spectacular views. Some class 3 scrambling to be prepared for too. My Garmin GPS said it was 16.5 miles.

hiking
8 months ago

This mountain is a monster. Very difficult but totally worth it. Make sure the weather and trail conditions are perfect.

Simply amazing hike. This was my first 14er and I'm stoked that I chose Longs for many reasons.. The challenge.. The unparalleled views, and the gratification you feel at the summit after the fun, yet kind of scary ha, scramble up. This hike was very strenuous but totally worth it! I completed the whole trip in about 10 hours. We hit the trail at 2:30 am (which was a perfect time) there was only 2 more open spots left in the TH lot so go early!

Unfortunately, we weren't able to make it past the keyhole this AM due to wind, ice, poor visibility, and crushing cold. The forecast was actually right this time, but we figured we would give it a go anyways! Left at 1 AM, made it to the keyhole by 4:45 AM, tried to wait it out for an hour and a half but the weather didn't clear. Definitely coming back with better weather asap!

hiking
9 months ago

Incredible hike. This was my first 14er. We were at the boulder field just in time for the sun to rise which was amazing. At least half of the time we spent on the ascend/descend was beyond the keyhole so start early.

Shared trail with horses, so dodging a LOT of horse poop... besides those obstacles, the trail was very quiet and beautiful, multiple little waterfalls and a lot of tree cover

hiking
9 months ago

My sister and I attempted to summit August 2, 2017. We begin at 2:45 am and were one of the first to the boulder field at 5 a.m. By 6 a.m. we had made it to the key hole. The wind was incredibly strong, and this only worsened upon passing the key hole. We couldn't continue without the fear of quite literally being blown off the narrows. I would advise checking the wind report! Something that we did not do. Otherwise the weather was perfect and it would have been a fantastic day to summit.

backpacking
9 months ago

Do not underestimate this hike/climb. It was the first 14er I've attempted and it was very difficult. We hiked up the day before and camped at Boulder Field. The entire trail is beyond beautiful but not for the faint of heart! The homestretch was extremely difficult for me.

hiking
9 months ago

My friend and I summited Longs Peak last August, this was both of ours first 14er and luckily the weather was in our favor. We each had 3 liters of water, couple cliff bars, one military MRE. We started hiking at the trailhead at 430am with a very steady pace for the first couple hours, lots of switchbacks for the first hour, then once you get above tree line there is a well maintained trail all the way up to the boulder field. Once up through the boulder field and near the keyhole we decided to rest and eat our MRE's. Keep in mind this was a Saturday morning in August past the keyhole was very populated if I had to guess I'd say around 100+ people trying to summit. Once you go through the keyhole there is a lot of boulder traversing make sure you have good hiking boots or shoes and take your time... altitude starts to play a part, watch out for loose gravel spots as you make you way and also falling rocks from people above. I personally did not have much trouble getting up to the summit or back down more so just waiting for people to make there move. We did the whole hike in 9 1/2 hours with a half hour spent on the summit. Once again the weather was really in our favor this day this is not a hike to take lightly and you always have to be prepared for conditions to change. Overall still one of my favorite accomplishments and am looking to do it again in a few weeks! Follow me on Instagram for gorgeous mountain photos @Alex.Newkirk

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