This is one of the most sought after 14er’s in Colorado and the only 14er in Rocky Mountain National Park. Longs stands 14,256 feet above sea level. This is an extreme day hike for you adventurous travelers! With a 5,000 foot elevation gain you will ascend the high alpine tundra, scramble across the boulder field, through the picturesque keyhole, skirt the ledges and narrows above sheer drop-offs, and finally scramble up the Homestretch slabs to emerge on the broad summit. You are rewarded with 360 degree views of the National Park, Estes Valley, and the Front Range, looking down on everything in sight! This trip generally starts at 2 AM, and can take 10-14 hours to complete. This hike should only be undertaken by those in excellent physical health. Dangerous weather and trail conditions can come on quickly at this elevation. Our guides are experienced in reading the weather to help ensure a safe and fun trip for your whole group!
Longs Peak – 1 Person ($499) / Longs Peak – 2 People ($599) / Longs Peak – 3 People ($699) / Longs Peak – 4+ People ($250 per)
*Lunch and Drinks included in trip price. If you would like to schedule 4 or more people please give us a call at (970) 431-8155.
Guide gratuity is not included trip price.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
– Sunscreen/Lip Balm
– Brimmed hat/Beanie
– Hiking boots
– Hiking poles (optional)
– Fleece Jacket
– Rain Jacket or Poncho
– A small day pack to carry these items
– Water – at least 2 litres/nalgenes
WHERE CAN I PICK UP GEAR NEEDED FOR THE HIKE?
The Estes Park Mountain Shop in town has everything you need for outdoors adventures.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Wear comfortable, loose fitting, synthetic clothing. NO COTTON! Mountain weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for rain, sun, and cold weather. Tennis shoes or light hiking boots. Do not hike in a brand new pair of boots, be sure to break them in first by wearing them around town for at least a full day.
WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
Food is important for both half and full day trips. A light snack for half days and a nutritious lunch for full days. Water is probably the most important item of all (a good rule is 1 liter per 4 hour trip). On 6+ hour trips and Longs Peak we will supply lunch and some snacks as well.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
A trip will not be cancelled for rain (Often mountain storms move through very quickly), but we will not go above treeline if storms are in the area. Any hikes going above treeline may have to turn back due to weather. If the weather looks so bad that we decide that we should cancel the trip you are entitled to a full refund.
LONGS PEAK SPECIAL NOTES:
Longs Peak is the highest mountain in our park and a significant portion is above treeline. It therefore requires special considerations and precautions to climb it. It is frequently cold enough for you to need a hat, warm fleece, pants, and gloves at some point during your hike (Remember you are starting in the middle of the night!) so bring all of these items with you. You must have rain gear and non-cotton, quick-dry clothing. Bring extra snacks. This hike will require the extra calories!
If you cancel a trip for any reason up to 24 hours before your trip, you are entitled to a full refund. We cannot refund within 24 hours or for no shows the day of the trip. If weather is bad and we have to cancel, you will receive a full refund. We will pro-rate an outing for the time you were not able to hike.
Our guides are professional, out-going and experienced. All our guides are CPR and First Aid certified. Guides are compensated for their time but happily accept gratuities for exceptional service.