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|2016-03-05||Route: Glacier Gorge
Info: Benfromtheeast and I went up the Glacier Gorge route of Longs yesterday. We were able to skin from about .1 mile from the parking lot to the base of the Trough. From there you have two options mix climb directly into the couloir or take a class 2/2+ route just to the left of it, which was free of snow. The Trough had skiable snow from about 11.9K until 13.3K feet or just above where the ledges meets the trough. From there it's thin-ish snow in the center of the trough to the narrows. The narrows are mostly dry except for some snow and ice on the ledges of the narrows. The homestretch had enough snow that we wished that we had microspikes. For the Trough crampons were definitely the right choice. We skied the length of the trough and then hoofed the skis down to around 11.5 and then it was a mix of skiing and poling back to the car. It took us 14.3 hours. I do believe Ben is putting up a Trip Report at some point.
|2016-02-27||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Finally made it up Longs today after three previous tries over the past few months. Well packed trail up to tree-line, then there are a number of divergent trails that seem to go through much softer snow while the main trail is hard-packed. I didn't use micro-spikes or snow shoes all the way to the Keyhole (my boots are in good shape, stashed the snowshoes along the way). The Boulder Field is wind-blasted clean, all the way to the camping area is basically clear. More snow past the camping area to the Keyhole but it is generally bullet-proof and I walked on top of it the majority of the time, very little postholing. Keyhole to the base of the Trough had snow, wore crampons in the morning (10ish) since the snow was super firm and there were no tracks. There are basically 3-4, 20-50' more exposed snow crossings and the rest was a snow/rock mix. Wore micro-spikes from the Trough all the way to summit. Basically, you can more or less choose if you want to be on rocks or snow from the Trough all the way up depending on comfort level/preference. On the way back I opted not to switch back to crampons (from Trough base to Keyhole) as the snow had softened slightly (12:30ish) and I could follow my steps. Felt safe the entire time. All in all a pleasant winter day on Longs, winds were even manageable!
|2016-02-13||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Made it up to the boulderfield/keyhole. Trail was well packed below and near treeline and windblown in many spots above treeline. Took snowshoes but they weren't needed.
|2016-02-06||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Well packed until trail turns west towards MLW, then the summer trail is actually clear in a few places from wind scour. Made it about a mile from Chasm Lake until winds convinced us to give up. Sidebar: saw some tracks, nails were visible which some research indicates likely means fox (not lynx as I originally thought). Wish I‘d taken a picture, but anyone seen any carnivores above treeline on Longs in winter before?
|2016-01-23||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Can make it to keyhole without snowshoes or crampons. Didn‘t attempt to go beyond keyhole.
|2016-01-17||Route: Chasm Lake
Info: Hard Snow packed trail to Chasm lake. I didn‘t put on snowshoes and they weren‘t needed; I did put on crampons and pull out the ice ax to cross some of the steep snow after the cutoff. Up to the cutoff hiking boots and winter gear were more than enough.
|2015-12-26||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Made it just beyond the keyhole. Decided to turn back due to high winds. Throughout the trees snow is well-packed. I broke my own trail past treeline. Snowshoes highly recommended from treeline to the keyhole. Hope to return before school starts back and make the summit.
|2015-12-19||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Snowshoes very helpful below treeline after recent snows. Winter shortcut at Brooks Creek Bridge, not worth it now - deep drifts. Above treeline, windblown as usual. Stopped at Keyhole/Loft junction due to high winds.
|2015-12-06||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: The trail is boot-packed up to treeline, then wind-blown and boot-packed to the Chasm Lake junction. From Chasm Lake junction to the boulder field the trail is fairly clear of snow and when it‘s not clear the snow is minimal. Boulder field in similar condition- snow in parts but mostly wind cleared of snow. Snow shoes not necessary, micro-spikes helpful but also not mandatory. Stopped at the top of the Keyhole due to intense winds and lots of spin-drift after the Keyhole.
|2015-12-06||Route: Keplinger`s Couloir
Info: 8 of us went to the summit, and since we put in an excellent snowshoe track others might want to follow - if you have a jones for a really long route on the shoulder of winter. The trail up to Sandbeach Lake was easy to follow, then we kind of wandered through the trees - not the most direct route but certainly better than setting your own track. Removed snowshoes at the top of the krumholz. There was decent snow all the way up the couloir - good cramponing. A couple of dry spots, but mostly continuous snow to the top (Homestretch has snow). Not enough snow to be a worthwhile ski yet of course.
Info: Lot of unconsolidated. Lambslide felt stable despite the healthy amount of snow. Really slow conditions top of crux to base diamond steps which were dry. Time consuming and hard work conditions.
Info: I did Mt Lady Washington today, trail is completely packed to Chasm Junction and otherwise not too deep. I saw one party on Lambs Slide (looked like all snow aside from a few ice patches, could be a pretty thin coat of snow though), another mid-way through the boulder field and talked to another guy in the parking lot headed for Alexander‘s Chimney. Enough snow to be fun but not so much as for it to quite be a death march.
|2015-10-16||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Weather man called for no rain today, so did not start until 6AM. No wind on the summit either. There was some scattered areas of snow on The Trough. Would be doable in hiking boots alone, but easier with microspikes. Otherwise, this route remains free of snow. I added a picture of the worst of the snow we encountered on The Trough. Completed the hike in about 11.5 hours but that included a long break on the summit on a perfect Colorado day!
|2015-10-09||Route: Loft ascent, Keyhole descent
Info: Loft snowy. Crampons on upper half. Down climb into Kepplingers had a couple tricky snow covered moves. Homestretch mostly dry and in good shape. Some avoidable snow and ice. Narrows mostly dry with some avoidable snow and ice. Trough quite snowy and entry move on descent was tricky and snow covered. Spikes recommended for trough this weekend. Ledges were getting sun today and should be mostly dry Sat and Sun.
|2015-10-03||Route: Cables Route
Info: There was a decent dusting of snow from the Boulder Field on up early in the day. The North Face/Cables Route had snow and some ice. Winter equipment recommended- micro spike/crampons, ice axe, etc. Quite a few parties had turned around at the Keyhole due to the ice and snow. By mid afternoon the snow had all melted in the Boulder Field, but it did start to rain/snow on the drive out, so there is likely fresh snow this morning. Summer/Fall is ending quickly!
|2015-09-29||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Some snow up high Monday night (9/2. Trough: 3/4" of fluffy snow that made the rocks slick and required slow/careful travel. Not enough for micro-spikes, etc., to help. Narrows: wet in the usual places but not snowy or icy Homestretch: wet/snowy in some places. The snow was melting out when we were there and may or may not be turning into verglas. It was mostly avoidable, but once the shoes are wet it can make the rest slick because of it.
|2015-09-27||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: There was very little snow on Sunday, September 27th. All easily avoidable. Narrows, ledges, and homestretch all dry. Took us just under 11 hours. Left trailhead at 4:35AM and returned at 3:30.
|2015-09-26||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Back to summer conditions. Who knows how long it will last. No problems with ice, snow, or seeping water. Barely a breeze in most place.
|2015-09-19||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: First time up Longs. Ice and snow were present past the Keyhole. On the Ledges, Trough, Narrows and Home-stretch. Nothing deeper than half an inch, and it was melting a little in the afternoon. I wouldn‘t say the snow is completely avoidable anymore, but it didn‘t require any special equipment either. Wind was extremely high above treeline all day, especially along the narrows where it gusted strong enough to rip a stocking cap off. Some people reported lots of ice in the boulders approaching the keyhole before the sun came up. I got there late enough that it wasn‘t a problem. Got to TH very late due to dead car battery back at camp. Started from TH at 4:45am. Arrived at Keyhole at 10am. Summit at 12:30pm. Back to TH at 7pm. (Getting pretty dark!)
|2015-09-18||Route: Keyhole Route
Info: Yesterday I summited Longs with only a bit of snow in the trough. Woke up in Estes Park to see quite a bit of snow over the whole mountain. Slippery I bet. Shout out the guy from Indiana. Great hiking with you to the Keyhole.