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Longs Peak is a 14er in the Colorado Front Range. The mountain, 14,255 feet in elevation is a very challenging, yet rewarding climb, attracting thousands of hikers of all skill levels annually. To earn this badge, accept the challenge, and hike Longs Peak. Make sure to use the link to 14ers.com for more detailed information about the trail.
The hike from the trailhead to the summit is 8.4 miles (13.5 km) each way, with a total elevation gain of 4,875 feet. The Boulder Field starts 6.4 miles (10 km) into the hike. After scrambling over the boulders, you reach the Keyhole at 6.7 miles (10.5 km).
Scramble along narrow ledges, and climb over 600 vertical feet (183 m) up the Trough before reaching the Narrows, the most exposed section of the hike. Just beyond the Narrows, the Notch signifies the beginning of the Homestretch.
In addition to the standard Keyhole route, there are several technical climbs on Longs Peak.
- North Face Cables route
- Kieners Route
- The Loft
- East Face
- Notch Couloir