Longs Peak Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County and Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 5.3 miles long and begins at 9,392 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,937 feet. The Longs Peak Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There is also an information map. The Keyhole saddle, the Agnes Vaille Memorial Shelter (elevation 13,169 feet) shelter, and the Goblins Forest camp site can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Granite Pass (elevation 12,083 feet) saddle, the Boulderfield camp site, and Longs Peak (elevation 14,239 feet). There is also an information guidepost near the end of the trail.
Longs Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Many of the climbers who aspire to ascend all of Colorado’s fifty-plus “fourteeners” (mountains more than 14,000 feet tall) put off Longs Peak until last, reasonably assuming it will be the best."
--Kent Dannen, Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Longs is the classic 14er. Despite the fact that it’s a strenuous circuit, most people climb the Keyhole route in a single day. The scrambling is among the best in the state."
--James Dziezynski, Best Summit Hikes in Colorado (Wilderness Press).
"The excursion up this awe-inspiring mountain blurs the lines between a hike and a climb. The 15 miles will likely rank among the most spectacular yet hard-earned miles you have ever hiked. This mountain displays both imposing stature and magnificent beauty that validate its popularity. Longs Peak is the tallest mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park and the fourteener that sits farthest north in Colorado. It is also the easternmost point of the Continental Divide."
--Kim Lipker, Day & Overnight Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Estes Cone is an inactive volcano cone. In this book we will profile the trail from Longs Peak Trailhead, even though there are two other access points to Estes Cone. This mostly shaded trail is a nice hike in the summer. It’s also a good hike early or late in the season, when some other nearby hikes are thick with snow or impassable due to snow. Estes Cone is a Rocky Mountain National Park hike that can be accessed here without an entrance fee."
"Longs Peak is undisputedly one of the outstanding mountain peaks of the American West. Entire books have been written about the majestic mountain, its rich history, its challenging assent routes and its rugged beauty. The first recorded sighting of the mountain was made by Stephen Long in 1820, but it was known to Indians and French trappers long before that. The mountain men referred to Longs Peak and nearby Mount Meeker as Les Deux Orielles, or The Two Ears. Interest in climbing the peak picked up in 1865 after the well-publicized conquest of the Matterhorn in Europe, and three years later a successful assent of Longs Peak was led by Major John Wesley Powell."
--David Day, Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
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