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Peak(s):  Longs Peak  -  14,255 feet
Alice, Mt  -  13,310 feet
Chiefs Head Pk  -  13,579 feet
Post Date:  06/25/2012
Modified:  11/17/2014
Date Climbed:   06/24/2012
Posted By:  dillonsarnelli

 A Long Weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park   

A Long Weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park

Peaks of the Park: Chiefs Head Peak (13,579′), Mount Alice (13,310′), Longs Peak (14,255′)
Dates: June 21-24, 2012
Distance: 30+ miles
Elevation Gain: ~12,000 ft.
In attendance: Dana Sanford, Kevin Sanford, Miguel Gonzalez, Nathan Watts, Ray Priebe, Dillon Sarnelli

About 6 months ago Dana called me up with this idea of a trip to Half Dome in the works. He wanted to know if I would be interested in coming along and I said, “For sure”. A month later, plans had changed and the crew was now considering the Wind River Range in Wyoming. Another great spot and I again said, “Count me in”. A few weeks later plans were changing again and I said, “Dana, I live in Colorado! Come here dude and I’ll be your tour guide”. And so the story goes. The following is how it unfolded. Keep Reading...

A Long Weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park

A Long Weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park

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  • Comments or Questions
Ridge runner

RMNP     2012-06-25 20:07:14
Looks like you set up a great tour of RMNP for your friends. I'm finding out that the more I venture into Wild Basin, the more I love it. And you can never go wrong with a trip up Longs Peak. Great pictures! You even got an Anton sighting.


I think you need more pictures     2012-06-25 20:58:38
Just kidding. Thanks for the photo tour/showcase of some of RMNP's finest.
Props to your lowlander friends, too.
Great stuff!


No shit     2012-06-25 21:24:17
An Anton sighting, sick.

Nice job dude


Tireless     2012-06-25 22:08:31
Just great! What a journey - looks like a grand time y'all had! Way to go! 8) Love the photos!


Trough     2012-06-26 05:49:33
Ahh, I did see you. You were descending the trough when we were going up, we talked briefly.

We saw Anton too, an honor to share the mountain with such an athlete.


thanks!     2012-06-26 08:03:20
I have to admit i didn't know who anton was, but 2 of these guys follow his blog daily back east (its a little scary). The chain of events that led up to meeting him were ridiculous and their trip couldn't have ended on a better note. Ridgerunner - thank you for your Wild Basin TR's a few weeks back. They were great. Snowbank Lake was frozen last August when I was there. Its amazing how 2 summers could be so different. Colby, I thought you looked familiar but I couldn't put it together. Did you do Longs on back to back weekends? Oh and can you really ever have too many pictures in Rocky Mountain National Park? Hopefully see/meet some of you out in the wild this summer. Lets hope for some rain!


How long did it take     2012-06-26 08:36:23
for Anton to do Longs that day, 2:28 or so? Seriously though, nice work hosting those from back east, looks like a sweet trip. Pray we get some rain, we've got some business to take care of down south!


Great work Dillon and crew     2012-06-26 09:11:49
Looks like an amazing time with a solid group. Thanks for the wonderful photos. Those high lakes are awesome


Great photos!     2012-06-26 12:31:58
Hey Dillon - great photos and another good report! Looks like you were the best tour guide ever You guys got up there in HALF my time! I would have seen you guys pack in if you were 1.5 hours earlier :p. Glad it didn't rain on your trip and you didn't have all that wind from Saturday.


100     2012-06-26 13:04:51
Come on Dillon, I know you took couldn't post at least 100 photos?


677     2012-06-26 14:46:36
jeff, nothing says look at me like a photo! i just do it more subtly than others. rob - i think anton's time was like 2:30, thats not human. dan - thanks, those lakes up there are defintely some of the best in the park, a great time had by all. hannah - i didn't know you had a screename! i added you as a friend. thinking of dropping this accounting nonsense and being a professional tour guide when i grow up.


questions about Long's Peak trail     2012-06-26 18:36:05
I am visiting in the next few weeks and want to hike Long's Peak for the first time with 2 of my kids (21 & 25 y.o.). Is the trail easily marked? I saw you left at 2 am. Do you think starting at 4 am is too late? I am an avid hiker here in California and am eager to hike my first 14er. Do you recommend this hike?


Re:     2012-06-26 21:07:42
Lablover: the trail is well marked, there are targets painted on rocks often enough that you usually see 2-3 targets at a time.

I left at 2am once and 4am another time. Both times I saw far more people coming up than going down meaning the majority of people start later. Personally my reason for an early start is that I don't want to deal with a thunderstorm, which often comes around noon.

I do recommend the hike. It may not be ideal as your first 14er, but many people do, so be your own judge. I think a bigger concern than the technical difficulty would be inability to acclimate well to high altitude and/or physical exhaustion. If those aren't an issue, and you're not terribly scared of heights then go for it.

I was skeptical about it too, and you can find my thread asking similar questions here:

Others on this site gave me some really good advice on that thread so it may be helpful to you as well.


Thanks for response     2012-06-27 12:54:04
Thank you so much. I appreciate the link for similar questions. Yeah, we will be there 5 days before our scheduled hike day. Am hoping to try it. Thanks again.


Another question if you don't mind     2012-06-27 16:58:05
We are staying in Estes Park for one week. If we don't end up hiking Long's Peak, do you have another suggestion in the area?


Just to name a few     2012-06-27 17:05:21
I did Audubon with some friends last week the day before I did LP. Fun hike, class II.

I hear good things about Flattop mountain and Ypsilon peak, which are nearby and on my list of destinations. My boss (who has done all the hard 14ers) says Ypsilon peak is one of his favorite places to go in all of CO!


Thanks     2012-06-27 17:43:44
thanks so much for the info.


677     2012-06-28 10:40:30
You took 677 photos? Can I get 677 Dales? Good heavens.


Nice Trip Report     2012-07-22 19:28:28
With an Anton sighting and some great photos! I'm gonna dislike it though, just for the hell of it.


Thanks for the invite.     2013-05-08 13:35:27
Seriously. I would have brought my bear can. I even would have let you carry it.

P.S. Bring back the timestamp!

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