Longs Peak

  • Longs Peak Colorado - ©  Max and Dee Bernt flickr user
  • Colorful November Sunset Sky and Longs Peak   - © TheLightningMan.com flickr user
  • Four Skydivers With Longs Peak and Mount Meeker Rocky Mountain High  - © TheLightningMan.com flickr user
  • Longs Peak and Mt. Meeker Panorama   - © TheLightningMan.com flickr user
  • Longs Peak from Golden Ponds  - © TheLightningMan.com flickr user
  • Long"s Peak - © Jim Lawrence flickr user
  • Longs Peak  - © Kent Kanouse flickr user
  • Longs Peak - ©  Matt, Marie, Luke and Finn flickr user
  • Longs Peak - ©  spacebahr flickr user
  • Milky Way Above Longs Peak - ©  Wenjie Qiao flickr user

Key information: Longs Peak

    The highest peak in the Rocky Mountain NP (at about 4,340m) with a distinctive box shape, one of the great landmarks of the Rockies.
    A long day hike. 
    Best times July-September, otherwise may require ice axe and crampons as upper trail often ice-covered.
    Popular - scores of visitors each Summer day.
    This walk is in high, remote mountains and where altitude can cause problems. Come prepared. 

    This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

    For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Rocky Mountain NP walk page.

     

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating85

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Day or less
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,340m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Four Skydivers With Longs Peak and Mount Meeker Rocky Mountain High  - © TheLightningMan.com flickr user

WALK SUMMARY

The highest peak in the Rocky Mountain NP (at about 4,340m), named after Major Stephen Long, who saw it in 1820. It has a distinctive box shape, one of the great landmarks of the Rockies. Stunning views down into Glacier Gorge from the Keyhole.

It is the most climbed 14'er in the Rockies, and can be reached in a long day walk. A day hike usually begins before dawn (with a headlamp).Not suitable for sufferers of vertigo.

4855ft altitude gain?

Best times July-September, otherwise may require ice axe and crampons as upper trail often ice-covered.

Emergency shelter dedicated to two mountaineers who died during the first winter ascent of Longs Peak, a reminder of the dangers inherent in this climb.

Popular - scores of visitors each Summer day

Have a look at TripAdvisor - there are tens of millions of reviews, so you may get good, current views on this walk.

 

This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

 

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Rocky Mountains NP walk page.

Other accounts: share your experiences

Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

Milky Way Above Longs Peak - ©  Wenjie Qiao flickr user

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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