|Peak:||Longs Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Loft - via East Longs Trailhead|
|Date of Information:||09/09/2012|
In spite of recent precipitation and cold temps, the Loft and Keyhole routes, as well as the routes up "SE Longs" and Meeker, are in generally summer conditions and don't require special gear. Several tiny patches of snow above 13k, especially on N-facing aspects, but nothing that can't be easily navigated around. The only areas of complication were ascending to the Loft on the 10' wide ledge, which had ice flows crossing it in large, but still avoidable patches. Descending the Keyhole midday found parts of the "Ledges" section a bit muddy/wet, but they didn't seem to stop people from summitting Longs well before we did, so I imagine any ice there is minimal as well.
Absolutely fantastic day--get your climbs in here in the short time you still can!