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Longs Peak Trails

There are two trails to Longs Peak. The two trails join for the final stretch.

     Trail #1 - From Longs Peak
        Ranger Station Trailhead
        (16 miles round trip)
        (est. time: 14-16 hrs)

Additional Links For Trail #1

     RMNP Forums
     NationalParkService - Climbing Longs Peak

    Trail #2 - From Glacier Gorge
        Junction Trailhead
        (21 miles round trip)
        (est. time: 16-18 hrs)
(Sorry, we have no detailed description for trail #2 from Glacier Gorge yet, but it's route is visible on the map)

     Longs Peak Trails  Map

     Longs Peak Trails  Map

 

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Hiking Tips

These little tidbits of information can prove to be invaluable on your journey to the top of Longs. Some may be specific to the Longs Peak trail, but most are generic enough to apply on any mountain expedition. Heeding advice from those who have been there may mean the difference between your trip being a challenging but enjoyable adventure or a complete disaster.

You can also learn a lot by reading about the prior experience of others here:
Longs Peak Adventure Tales
In addition to the tips below, be aware of these
Medical & Safety Alerts

Trail Tips:

Start Early! It is recommended that you get started by 3 AM from the Longs Peak Ranger Station and leave the summit by 12:00 noon due to the high frequency of afternoon thunderstorms.

Keep an eye on the weather. Be prepared for cold, rain (take a lightweight, but sturdy, rain coat), sleet, etc. even in the middle of summer. If thunderstorms start to develop, turn back.

Bring plenty of water, at least twice as much as you think you will need. It may seem a little heavy in the pack at first, but you will be glad you have it hours and miles later.

Use plenty of sunscreen, even if it seems overcast. However, if it is very cloudy you might want to re-think starting out in the first place.

Good quality sunglasses are highly suggested.

Wear quality, sturdy climbing boots with quality wool or synthetic socks made for the outdoors. Cotton socks are not recommended. Listen to your feet! At the first sign of soreness STOP BEFORE you wear blisters on them. Have an extra pair of socks and some foot powder in your pack. Keep your feet dry (moisture + friction = blisters = misery). Your feet are what will bring you back, hopefully in good condition.

Take high energy foods that are easily digested such as fruits. If you eat a really heavy meal, allow for a rest break. GORP (Good old raisins and peanuts) is a good standby. Other trail mixes or energy bars come in handy for a quick energy boost as well.

Have basic first aid supplies including anti-bacterial cream, band-aids and gauze.

Know the signs of altitude sickness and know your own limits. Only about 3 out of 10 who start the journey make it to the top. See Medical Alerts.

Get in shape BEFORE you go, and don't forget the camera. Happy Trails!

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