The Keyhole

Estes Park, Colorado

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The Keyhole opens the door by which thousands of climbers reach the top of Longs Peak. For many, however, The Keyhole itself is an exciting goal. A web of unmarked routes to the top covers Longs Peak. All but a tiny percentage of climbers who make it to the top ascend along a way that has been called The Keyhole for nearly a century and a half. Though not as obvious as the distinctive notch on the east face of Longs, the much smaller Keyhole is just as distinctive and nearly as easy to see in the ridge between Longs and Storm Peaks. This Keyhole ridge separates the north and west faces of Longs Peak—so popular a mountaineering goal that every assemblage of rocks seems to be named. As with summit climbs, an early start is best when The Keyhole is the goal.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

The Keyhole opens the door by which thousands of climbers reach the top of Longs Peak. For many, however, The Keyhole itself is an exciting goal. A web of unmarked routes to the top covers Longs Peak. All but a tiny percentage of
climbers who make it to the top ascend along a way that has been called The Keyhole for nearly a century and a half.

Though not as obvious as the distinctive notch on the east face of Longs, the much smaller Keyhole is just as distinctive and nearly as easy to see in the ridge between Longs and Storm Peaks. This Keyhole ridge separates the north and west faces of Longs Peak—so popular a mountaineering goal that every
assemblage of rocks seems to be named. As with summit climbs, an early start is best when The Keyhole is the goal.

© 2015 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 12.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 10 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 9,400 feet
Top Elevation: 13,150 feet
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS Longs Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to The Keyhole

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