Parking is very limited, and the lot fills up early on weekends. The East Longs Peak Trail does have a ranger station with a small campground of 26 sites. Stay left on the East Longs Peak Trail and switchback up and easy slope (3) to reach the north end of the Boulder Field, near 12,400'. I had it listed under "Amenties". A twenty minute shuttle brings us to the trailhead, where your guide will distribute backpacks, hiking poles, and trail snacks. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); You can contact ProTrails directly through our Facebook or Instagram accounts. You reach a trail junction to Eugenia Mine Trail/Storm Pass after 0.45 miles. No matter how you go you'll travel across delicate tundra. If you are lucky, you can watch people climbing the Diamond and stand in awe of them. This would be a relatively tiring hike for most people, but it is not very difficult. You will need to procure a backcountry permit for overnight parking here. Best nearby. There, my crappy snowshoes and lack of traction made the scramble to chasm lake unsafe. After the second, you see things as they are not. At 14,259 feet, Longs Peak towers above all other summits in Rocky Mountain National Park. Having lived 30 years on the East Coast, growing up in and around fresh and salt water for nearly every one of those years I seek out every trail in Colorado that has any bit of water, small late, waterfall or glacier lake. (5), Comments Will not show on comments list. If going to the summit of Long's Peak is too much, you can still have a wonderful experience seeing "The Diamond" from Chasm Lake at the base of the summit. --Oscar Wilde on Absinthe, Images Longs Peak's iconic 'Diamond' rises 2456' above this striking alpine lake. The East Longs Peak Trail veers NW and moderates along the base of Mount Lady Washington to Granite Pass and the North Longs Peak Trail split (4.3 miles : 12,098’). Will not show on comments list. Turn right on the N. Longs Peak Trail and drop along the north flank of Battle Mountain. Less coordinated or disabled persons might struggle with the boulder climbing at the end right before you reach the lake. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. If you are attempting a spontaneous summit, you’ll likely have to start from the Longs Peak Trailhead or camp at the Longs Peak Campground at 9,500 ft, a few miles from the start of the trailhead. 49 Other Attractions within 0.75 miles. Its easiest pathway still requires skilled transversing and confidently scrambling up exposed cliff edges. ", "Have done many hikes in RMNP and this is one of the best. The Longs Peak Trailhead is located 10 miles south of Estes Park off of Highway 7, between Estes Park and Allenspark. You Must Start Early. The north and east faces of Longs come into view, as well as Storm Peak (13,326') ahead. Location: Longs Peak Trailhead is located at the end of Longs Peak Road. Stay on trails and walk on rocks as much as possible to minimize impact: The trail climbs steadily from Longs Peak Ranger Station past connections for Estes Cone  (.5 miles) and Goblins Forest backcountry campsite (1.1 miles : 10,127’). Even though it’s a popular trek among hikers and climbers, this world-famous trail is not for the faint of heart. After congratulations and photos we will descend the same path we hiked up. Visitors will enjoy miles of open tundra and sensational views on the hike to Chasm Lake: The trail climbs steadily from the Longs Peak Ranger Station through lodgepole, spruce and fir. All Rights Reserved. A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you'd like, and as is possible in a day, Transportation to the trailhead and back (originating/ending in Estes Park), Use of a top of the line, technical day pack, Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter), Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity), A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall), 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups), 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis. Thanks Steve. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); You can contact ProTrails directly through our Facebook or Instagram accounts. One of our Adventure Consultants will respond as quickly as possible (normally within 2 business hours). Receive a PDF info packet via email which includes: A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide. This is the main trailhead for those looking to summit Longs peak and enjoy the view at Chasm Lake. I got an early enough start for the season (on the trail by 5:30am) and hiked to the patrol cabin. Chasm Lake is located 4.2 miles from the Longs Peak Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. I made it up to the lake in 1 hr 10 min and back down in just under an hour, after spending 30 min at the lake, but I was really pushing hard because I started at 3pm. All Content & Photos Copyrighted by WTC © 2019. From Estes Park, travel 9.1 miles south on Highway 7 to the Longs Peak Trailhead turnoff on the west side of the road. Passing through the Keyhole (a notch-like pass that allows us access to the summit), we gaze upon a new side of the mountain. Campground parking for non-registered users is prohibited. As the trees vanish, the alpine tundra emerges and the hiking terrain lessens to an easier grade. Any hike here will be a moderate-difficult hike. The Keyhole and Longs Peak via Longs Peak Trail is a 14.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. This trail and a few others so far have been worth every step of the hike. Beautiful scenery and great variety (forest, alpine meadows, falls, mountain views). Visitors have a good chance to see elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and ptarmigan across large tracts of open tundra. I was back to my car by 1 PM. It's a beautiful hike throughout, but I think that it's most scenic after you get above the treeline and switchbacks and see the waterfall and mountains on the way up. Rte. This short segment is narrow, slanted and susceptible to slides. Glacier Gorge Trailhead: Blue Lake, Frozen Lake and Green Lake, Glacier Gorge Trailhead: The Loch, Glass Lake and Sky Pond, +2,639' net elevation gain (+2,925' total roundtrip elevation gain), N40 16.330 W105 33.409 — 0.0 miles : Longs Peak Trailhead, N40 16.495 W105 33.852 — .5 miles : Estes Cone Trail split, N40 16.385 W105 34.228 — 1.1 miles : Goblins Forest Backcountry Campsite spur, N40 16.489 W105 34.662 — 1.5 miles : Cross footbridge, resume steady climb, N40 16.390 W105 34.805 — 1.9 miles : Cross waterfall on bridge, N40 16.251 W105 35.056 — 2.45 miles : Battle Mtn Backcountry Campsite spur, N40 15.934 W105 35.561 — 3.25 miles : Chasm Lake - East Longs Peak Trail split, N40 16.113 W105 36.016 — 3.75 miles : Fast, moderate travel at the Base of MLW, N40 16.445 W105 36.325 — 4.3 miles : Granite Pass - North Longs Peak Trail split, N40 16.586 W105 36.339 — 4.5 miles : Off-trail route to summit, N40 16.587 W105 36.140 — 4.7 miles : Off-trail route to summit, N40 16.683 W105 35.928 — 4.9 miles : Battle Mountain summit (12,044'), Tread carefully and delicately across the tundra. Then there's snow in the usual places (referenced in the description) leading to the lake. You will quickly warm up as the trail consistently gains elevation for three miles. Be … Follow the road .9 miles to the ranger station and trailhead. Battle Mountain is a nearly one-mile long ridge that extends NE from Granite Pass (12,098') and the shoulder of Mount Lady Washington (13,281'). There are a few places of exposure as you're descending towards the base of the lake, but the trail is plenty wide. ", "I used to take visitors to Chasm Lake if they were in halfway good shape when I lived in Colorado. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.). How to Use This Map: Click the icons on the map to get more information about each point of interest. There is an emergency phone at the Ranger Station. More snow drifts and patches on the final scramble, but you have some room to maneuver and make it to the lake. We suggest that you have spent a minimum of 48 hours within Estes Park or environs before the day of our hike. An early morning start and being fully rested is essential for a summit attempt on Longs Peak. Tell us when your experience with this trail happened. From here you can immediately gain the ridge and follow it to the highest point, or hike a short distance on the North Longs Peak Trail before veering off on a more direct line to the summit. From Estes Park, travel 9.1 miles south on Highway 7 to the Longs Peak Trailhead turnoff on the west side of the road. Trail Photos Still, the tundra's nutrient-rich grasses, plants, and lichens support marmot, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Additional roadside parking is available. Follow the road.9 miles to … (5), Additions & Corrections Longs Peak Trailhead is located 10 miles south of Estes Park off of Highway 7, between Estes Park and Allenspark. Trip Reports The first 3.25 miles are shared with hikers aiming for Longs Peak, and you're likely to see crowds no matter what time you start out. 58 Restaurants within 0.75 miles. Large boulders and uneven talus ring the lake, requiring some minor scrambling to the best viewpoints. The trail levels across this stream-crossed bench to the south side of the valley and Patrol Cabin (4.0 miles : 11,638'). Stay on designated trails and walk on rocks whenever possible to minimize.