Sunday, August 2, 2009

Longs Peak- Keyhole

Keyhole Route- 4000' of elevation gain, 13 miles RT

In 2009 Danny Chapman and myself hiked to the Longs Peak keyhole and back down to Chasm Lake to train for summitting Longs Peak. It's a nice trail and a beautiful area, I would recommend this hike to anyone.

Wild Columbines thrive in the harsh alpine environment
This waterfall is fed by snowmelt, and spills from the frigid chasm lake

13,000 foot peaks shrouded in clouds
It was late July, and about 40 degrees at noon.
This is the route you take to reach the summit of Longs Peak. See that trough that goes up and to the left? You climb up that on the standard Keyhole route.

They Keyhole is an interesting place that really highlights how different weather can be above treeline. It's an interesting hike for people who are hesitant to test their mettle on the summit push.

1 comment:

  1. I am so jealous! I would love to hike up there! Better get in shape first. :-(