Climbing

Longs Peak is one of Colorado's most famous "fourteeners" - peaks that top out at over 14,000 feet in elevation.  It's a climb that many people have aspired to over the years, and is synonymous with climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park. This challenging route requires stamina because it has an elevation gain of 4,850 feet, and is eight miles one way. Time for the round trip averages 10-15 hours. It was the choice of celebrated British adventuress Isabella Bird in 1873, but today the way to scramble through the boulder field is marked with yellow and red bullseyes.

At 14,259 feet, Longs Peak towers above all other summits in the Park. It's more than just a hike, though. It's a big mountain experience that shouldn't be underestimated - safety and preparation are essential. Acclimate to the altitude before starting out. In the summertime - the season when thousands hike or climb to Longs' summit - early mornings break calm, clear and blue. Clouds build in the afternoon sky, often exploding in storms of brief, heavy rain, thunder and dangerous lightning. Begin the trek early, by 3 am to be off the summit by 10am and back in the car before the weather turns.

 

See for yourself what the climb is like in this virtual video climb of the famous Keyhole Route up Longs Peak which starts on the East side of Rocky Mountain National Park at the Longs Peak Ranger Station and trailhead.

Estes Park Mountain Shop

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2050 Big Thompson Ave.
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.3772059 -105.5216651
9718

Colorado Mountain School

Professional Mountain Guides offering rock climbing and ski mountaineering outings and courses for every level

341 Moraine Ave.
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.3772059 -105.5216651
9749

Kent Mountain Adventure Center

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170 Elm Road
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.37515 -105.546214
9751

Live it up with your family and friends with 90 minutes of thrills in our aerial adventure park - filled with rope bridges, tightropes, and swinging logs to climb around 10-21 feet above ground!

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490 Prospect Village Drive
Estes Park
CO
80517
USA
40.3711944 -105.5243975
9978