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mlynn25Keyhole Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2009


Spring climb of the Keyhole Route..hardly anyone up there other than me and my partner.
Posted Oct 26, 2017 2:13 pm

kronshage3Via Lamb's Slide  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2017


Started at 12:00AM (started early for sunrise). Lamb's Slide was solid snow. As far as I was aware, it was all hard snow with no ice, but then again it was completely dark. Used Loft traverse to Homestretch. Made it to top at 6AM in time for sunrise. I am very familiar with the area, but I must say that traveling with only a headlamp for light is a challenge here. Back at car at 11:30AM after staying at summit for an hour.
Posted Aug 26, 2017 12:20 pm

HarvestThe Keyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2015


Ascent of Longs Peak via the Keyhole Route on Sept 13 2015.
Posted Aug 15, 2017 11:05 am

seth@LOKIGreat day! 7.5 hour RT with mucho breaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2017


Great day! 7.5 hour RT with mucho breaks. Great mountain, not as crowder as expected.
Posted Jul 21, 2017 11:42 am

scvanmLONGS SECOND TIME  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2012


Only 14er that my entire family did together.
Posted Jul 20, 2017 1:24 pm

WalkoutnowNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2017


Left tent at 3am from Goblin. We had a blue-bird day, great climb up the north face, and alone most of the time on the summit and trek out, which was surprising and nice. Some snow climbing and crossings still there, but not a problem. Bit of wet rock at times. Great day!
Posted Jul 13, 2017 5:32 pm

aislinnmclLongs Last Minute  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2017


Decided we were going to go up at 4pm the day before. Started climbing at 3am via Keyhole Route. Brought microspikes and used them once, but all snow was avoidable. Summited at 9am and were down by 2pm, narrowly avoiding a thunderstorm.
Posted Jul 13, 2017 1:33 pm

kronshage3Keyhole Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2015


Started around 3:45AM. Lot was filled by this time. Very, very busy day on Longs. Perfect conditions. Almost no wind. Back around 3:15PM.
Posted Apr 22, 2017 12:54 pm

skorpeoWindy and alone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2015


It was really windy, but I was training for a really windy peak. So it all worked out.
Posted Dec 14, 2016 12:12 am

SjboatwrightFinally!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2016


After hearing about this mountain for years from some friends that live next to it, I finally made the climb! It was magnificent!

For a full trip report:

Posted Sep 17, 2016 2:11 am

fallonclimbsRainy and tiring  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2016


Rained most of the day. Slippery up on the Keyhole Route. No lightning luckily. Such an exhausting hike. Beautiful views.
Posted Aug 4, 2016 8:54 pm

birdheadKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008


Fun and classic 14er climb.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 11:07 pm

drootKeyhole  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2016


Pretty straightforward route. Insane winds the day we went up, and a bunch of the folks we were hiking around turned back at the keyhole. The winds made the Narrows a little interesting, but nothing too difficult. Fun route!
Posted Jul 6, 2016 8:47 pm

BradBartickWith Storm Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2016


KH route with Matt C
Posted Jun 29, 2016 7:34 pm

BradBartickRe: Keyhole Route


100% agree. Straightforward and graded Class 3 appropriately with negligent exposure and never without ample holds. With any inclement weather it would be a whole different ballgame, but in nice condition it's simply a great, interesting route with manageable obstacles.
Posted Jun 29, 2016 7:33 pm

TheWolfIsLooseKeyhole Route  Sucess!


I will start by saying that I was actually a bit intimidated by this mountain before I got on it. There had been a few deaths on the mountain in the months preceding my arrival and one of my climbing friends said they were freaked by the exposure on the mountain when they did it. To add to that, when I arrived at the keyhole, several groups turned around.

After being on the Keyhole Route, I have to say that I don't know what the big deal is. I left my camp at Goblin's Forest at about 5 am and headed toward the keyhole. Once in the boulderfield, I hung out for a bit to wait for sunrise and catch the alpenglow on the Diamond. What a great sunrise it was!!

From here, it was to the keyhole. It was here that a group of younger dudes (wearing sneakers and jeans) turned around. I actually gave them props for their decision... It was snowy and icy in spots beyond the keyhole, with about 40 degree temps and some wind whipping about... They were not prepared.

Unfortunately, they weren't the only ones... Not long after I got through the keyhole, I ran into another struggling group. The one group member was lagging behind and clearly getting his ass kicked by the altitude. He was staggering around on wobbly legs as he approached the "bar dihedral" section of the ledges. For a moment, i thought I was going to witness someone plummeting to their death. Luckily, the group turned around and I could go ahead.

From here, it was mostly smooth sailing to the summit. There were a tricky section or two in the Trough because of the ice, but that was it. The Narrows are straight forward, and the Homestretch is simple for anyone who has done any rock climbing in their lifetime.

All in all, it took me less than an hour to reach the summit from the keyhole and I was on my way back down before 9:30 am. The way down was mostly straighforward because of the painted bullseyes on the rocks. I suppose that the route finding would be a good bit harder without the markings.

After exiting the keyhole, it was smooth sailing (though tedious) back to camp. I got back to Goblins Forest, packed up camp, and headed out to the car. I was in the car before 1 pm... Not bad!

Now, let me say, I really enjoyed the climb up the Keyhole Route. Long's is a beautiful mountain (that sunrise on the Diamond was spectacular), and the route was a good time. With that said, the exposure was vastly overstated by the descriptions I saw/heard, and the route finding (in good conditions) is basically non-existent.

As is the case with many mountains, I suspect that the high-traffic of the area leads to much of the problems reported. I think that, for hikers/climbers who are experienced, Long's is an enjoyable mountain that presents minimal danger. In fact, I think it's a great introduction to class 3 routes!
Posted Nov 2, 2015 2:16 pm

damgaardGreat mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2015


Perfect weather and fun route after the Keyhole. Started 6 am, hit the summit of Longs at 10 am, stayed for an hour, bagged Storms Peak and Battle Mtn on the way down. Back at the car after 9.5 hours. This trip surely makes it into my favorite top 10 hikes!
Posted Oct 9, 2015 12:42 pm

teddycricket83ski descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2014


great snow made a ski descent possible
Posted Aug 9, 2015 2:05 am

teddycricket83Longs Peak  Sucess!


Went up meeker/longs saddle this time
Posted Aug 9, 2015 2:04 am

teddycricket83Longs Peak  Sucess!


brother, mom, and dad all successful
Posted Aug 9, 2015 2:03 am

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