|Peak:||Longs Peak (14er)|
|Posted By:||Cool Hand Luke|
|Date of Information:||03/25/2012|
The trail is boot-packed all the way to treeline. Snowshoes are not needed, but microspikes would be helpful. The Ledges have some snow in spots and there is a solid trail in the snowy areas.
I found the Trough to be the most difficult area: mix of rock, snow and some ice. The ice is all avoidable and microspikes would be helpful. I never used my axe, but would recommend carrying one to be on the safe side.
The Narrows and Homestretch are mostly snow-free and the few snow spots are avoidable. As of today the Homestretch did not have any run-off from the summit.
Conditions are great right now, if the weather is nice camping at the Boulder Field is free until May 1st.
Pictures are of the Homestretch and Meeker's couloirs
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