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Hiking the Epic Longs Peak

Longs Peak | Colorado
Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to hike Longs Peak

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    The panoramas from the summit are unbeatable 

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    The standard Keyhole route entails incredible 15+ miles of hiking

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    At 14,259ft, it is one of the most coveted peaks in Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park is home to some of the most epic and amazing hiking destinations in the world, and Longs Peak is definitely the most famous one among hiking and climbing enthusiasts. It is the only peak above 14,000ft in RMNP and it boasts the most amazing panoramas from the top — no wonder it is a goal for thousands of visitors every year. A successful hike up Longs Peak via the popular Keyhole Route requires a pre-sunrise start, but even at night, the uninterrupted views of the starry skies and surrounding tundra make it worthwhile. The early start is a must — almost-daily thunderstorms make the descent in the later afternoon almost impossible, so the sooner you head back, the better. There are many routes to get to the Longs Peak summit, but the Keyhole is the most popular. Named for its passage through a break in the peak’s rocky ridges, it boasts everything from boulders, risky ridges, jagged summits, and occasional stunning turquoise lakes. Join an expert guide, experience the thrill of climbing a 14er, and enjoy spectacular blue skies and mesmerizing vistas of the Rocky Mountains, especially during sunrise!

Season

Mid-July through mid-September

Nearest city

Denver, CO, is just over an hour away

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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A Customized Day of Hiking With a Private Guide

10-15 hours

Escape to the true wilderness on this challenging, steep, and technical 15-mile day hike on Longs Peak. Start at the same time others grab a nightcap as it Typically takes between 10 and 15 hours to complete this hike. Your reward is reaching Battle Mountain in time to watch the sunrise crest on the infamous 1,800-foot cliff face shaping the 14er’s east side. To ensure a safe and fun adventure, join your guide and let them lead the way. This epic route is a must-do for any hiking enthusiast — Longs is the only 14er in RMNP, and as such, one of the most coveted peaks in Colorado and wider!

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, please refer to the Colorado Official Website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A full day of hiking 
    • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch

What’s not included:

    • Transportation 
    • Accommodations

How fit do I need to be?

You need to be able to hike for 10-15 hours with around 1000-plus feet of elevation gain, carrying a full daypack. Beginners are invited on day hikes that can accommodate a range of skill levels. That said, the more fit you are, the more fun you will have. If you are looking for adventure and up to the task of a full-day of trekking, you’ll be rewarded immensely.

The alpine terrain, however, can be challenging and the weather unpredictable. Additional training recommendations for intermediate and advanced day hikes, include hiking for three days per week at least 12 weeks prior to your trip. Start with short hikes about one hour in length with a light daypack. Also, the altitude can really catch people off guard, so for a 72-hour period before your trip begins, ensure that you are consuming sufficient amounts of sodium and fluids.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Helmet — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Sturdy broken-in hiking boots or shoes
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Sunhat
    • Gloves — optional
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this private hike, the usual client to guide ratio is 6:1. 
    • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!

Hiking in Longs Peak can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to RMNP, most people fly into Denver International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. The park has two gateway communities: the town of Estes Park on the east and the town of Grand Lake on the west.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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