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Route: Cable\'s
Posted On: 2021-04-05, By: viejo
Info: Trail well packed through tree line. Good boot pack above tree line, but it wanders off the established trail. Might create postholing issues in warmer conditions. Mostly wind-swept or hard pack above tree line. Cables mostly filled in and well consolidated. Went straight up after the Cable's on mostly well consolidated snow. 
Route: Cables/North Face
Posted On: 2021-03-19, By: merrion13
Info: Nearly continuous snow through the Boulderfield to the base of the route. Notable wind-loading on the face and fracturing on top of slabs. Turned around at the apron below the start of the technical section. 
Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2021-03-08, By: Longmonster22
Info: Snowpack up until Keyhole decent (microspikes only). Tough route-finding along the Ledges, as many of the blazes are still snow-covered, with some pretty scrambly rock-hopping all the way up to the Through. The Narrows ultimately proved to be too loose and exposed for both myself and a couple of other seasoned mountaineers. Silver lining: one of the few days I've been on Long's without crazy wind! Average pace: 45min./mi. 
Route: Ex Rangers Revenge
Posted On: 2021-03-07, By: Micaiah
Info: Packed to treeline. Lots of loose, blowing snow above. Estimated 13 inches of sugar fell last Thursday, making the Boulder Field zone a maze of pitfalls and intermittent post holing. North Face is loaded, the cracks partially buried in snow. Avalanche conditions are acceptable above and below the Cables area. 
Route: The Cables Route
Posted On: 2021-03-03, By: morgansperry
Info: No need to bring snowshoes, the trail is packed and ready to follow. We brought them with us because we didn't want to get screwed over like we have before, but dropped them after about a mile. The trail is really easy to follow. The Cables Route has a decent amount of snow on it. https://youtu.be/OnYfIlkMFek 
Route: Martha to Cables
Posted On: 2021-02-23, By: Micaiah
Info: Some postholing below treeline. Not enough to make me want to bring snowshoes. Stable snow crossing above Peacock Pool. Martha couloir has neve, some loose unconsolidated snow, and very little exposed ice. I may have gotten 2 sticks. Cables Route has good neve above and below the pitch. The crack is full of snow. No avy concerns on route. All eyebolts exposed. 
Route: Trough
Posted On: 2021-02-01, By: askwjs
Info: Have your crampons and axe ready. Has lots of snow and spikes would not be enough in the trough, imo. Ledges are holding snow as well if you are looking to do the Keyhole route. There is a trench from Glacier Gorge to above Black Lake, for the time being. 
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Route: Cables to Clark\'s Arrow to Loft
Posted On: 2021-01-31, By: Micaiah
Info: Good snow conditions on all areas traveled. Trails snowpacked, not icy. Crack on Cables full of snow. 
Route: Glacier Gorge
Posted On: 2021-01-22, By: Will_E
Info: Summitted Longs today from Glacier Gorge. The trench to Black Lake wasn't hard to follow, and is now refreshed. Ran into a skier at Black Lake that helped improve it as well. From Black Lake I stayed in snowshoes until reaching the bottom of the trough. Going up the trough/narrows I didn't use any traction, but there was enough snow and ice on the homestretch that I used crampons, and left them on all the way to the bottom of the trough. 
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Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2021-01-10, By: jmctigue
Info: I didn't attempt Longs today, but thought I could share some photos of various approaches. Despite the snow yesterday, the trail from the Rangers station is very well packed and no flotation/spikes are necessary. This is true to the Keyhole and also towards the Loft. (I went to Chasm Lake, so not sure how the base of the Loft Couloir is) Attached some photos of Lambs slide. A couple of people skied the lower third. I ascended the Camel route - see my conditions report for Mount Lady Washington. 
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Route: Trough from Glacier Gorge
Posted On: 2021-01-10, By: bmcqueen
Info: Great trench all the way to Black Lake. Above Black Lake, a mix of snow and rock to the base of the Trough. The Trough doesn't have as much snow as usual. Variable conditions from post-holing to decent booting to nice spring-like styrofoam. Narrows and Homestretch both have a bit of snow, but very manageable with traction (I choose crampons for Longs, but spikes probably would have gotten it done yesterday). It snowed on us pretty good on the walk out, so the trench will need a little refresher I'm sure. 
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Route: NF
Posted On: 2021-01-04, By: jakethesnake_630
Info: Trail is well packed from the TH to Treeline. At the transition there are about 5 bushwhack routes connecting to the actual trail - just a warning as I accidentally followed one (running with my head down) and had to backtrack a bit - not a huge deal but a bit annoying. Above treeline, there are a lot of wind slabs covering the trail, but no flotation is needed all the way to the keyhole/NF approach. I spoke to another climber who had gone over the keyhole but stopped in the trough - he mentioned it was a catchers mitt back there w/ no tracks, but I can't confirm as based on his comments I chose the NF. I turned around at the crux due to incoming weather, while I had to break trail up the approach, it was not anything unmanageable. At the crux I backed off to the MLW ridge, traversed this, summited Mt LW, & descended the east face (with a nice glissade at the end.) Took out my axe for the NF approach, but it wasn't really necessary. Used Sportiva Blizzards & didn't need microspikes, though I brought them. 
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Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2020-12-20, By: bangerth
Info: I can only speak to the part of the route that goes from the trailhead to granite pass -- we turned around about halfway between treeline and the chasm junction, and to granite pass was all I could see. The trail from trailhead to treeline is hardpacked with just the occasional bit of windblown powder. No flotation is needed, spikes were useful but not mandatory. From treeline to granite pass, the ground is covered to about 1/3 by snow, but the rest is bare. Spikes are likely not useful, but we kept them on nonetheless. We only made it about 3/4 mile from treeline, but the rest of the way to granite pass looked the same. If the weather is like today, I would strongly suggest to take a 100 lb weight vest with you, though: It might actually prevent you from being blown over when above treeline. Separately: Mount Lady Washington's east face is also mostly bare. There is definitely no avalanche danger, and if MLW is your target, just head up straight from Chasm Junction. 
Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2020-12-09, By: VeraUndertow
Info: Started at 4:45 AM and was up at granite pass by sunrise. The trail is solid boot pack (slippery in the AM) the whole way, except Jim Grove trail which was still mostly dry or shallow snow right until you are about to link back up with the main trail (I went this way both times since it's a little shorter) above granite pass the boulder field is basically dry as well. Once thru the keyhole and onto the ledges there were a few snow traverses and I was glad I had my ice axe and micro spikes. I didn't feel the need to use my crampons as the snow was decently grippy with spikes and my axe felt secure as well. Up the trough was mixed snow and rocks and I mostly tried to stick to solid rocks or the snow to avoid the loose rocks. The narrows had a few icey/slick snow patches from the boot pack and again spikes and axe helped me feel secure. There was one avoidable snow patch on the homestretch about 3/4 the way up, with a pretty solid booter in it. I avoided on the way up but went down mostly on the bootpack. Honestly conditions were great and I only saw two people on the summit for about 1 minute but otherwise had the summit to myself for the 10 minutes I was up there. The two guys came up the cables route wearing trail runners with no ice axes so it is definitelyy doable in trail runners right now although they said their feet were cold. All in all great day on Longs with as perfect a weather as you could ask for in December. 
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Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2020-11-25, By: Micaiah
Info: Took all the shortcuts on the way up. All traveled well, aside from the Lightning Bridge shortcut. That was a slog, not recommended. Had to jump the creek. The trough involved some suffering. Deep snow, some pockets were chest deep going uphill. Lots of snow on the ledges, narrows and home stretch. Ice forming from sun melt today. Wind was intense, building thru the afternoon. Made coming down more exciting than typical. Got rolled a few times in the Boulder Field. Crawled thu the Keyhole. I've not felt wind like that before, ever. 
Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2020-10-11, By: AlanjBarry107
Info: Started on the trail at 2:20am. Light winds through the forest. 1:45 mins to Chasm View. Arrived at the Boulderfield around 5am. Once at the Keyhole, light was just starting to appear on the horizon. No snow/ice encountered until a few steps at the Trough, easily avoided though. Rest of the route was straight forward and clear. No wetness. Summit by 8:00. Hiked down, back to the car at 1:45. Weather was cool in the morning, warm in the late morning/early afternoon. Minimal smoke. Visibility was great in the morning and worsened later on. 
Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2020-10-10, By: salmanalsaif
Info: Following most of the recent reports: dry trail to the summit save for a few snow spots in the trough (easily avoidable). Smells of smoke at certain places especially early on. Keyhole was surprisingly not as windy as usual. Keep in mind this can all change if it snows tomorrow (Sunday 10/11). 
Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2020-10-09, By: NathanRL
Info: There are little bits of snow in the trough, but barely worth thinking about. The smoke from the fires definitely felt worst from about 10k-12k ft; I'd guess the AQI was 80. Hopefully Sunday's storm helps put out the fires. At 8 AM, we got to the Keyhole, and OpenSummit said the winds were 25 mph with gusts of 36 mph, and the forecast was for it to stay that way. Standing in the Keyhole, the winds were blistering, and we debated alongside 4 other groups whether to turn back. We said it'd be scary to be on the Narrows in winds like this. I believe they all turned back. We continued on, and, after we had about 50 feet of distance between us and the Keyhole, the winds were gone, and they were no problem the rest of the way. Anyway, don't judge the wind based off of the Keyhole! 
Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2020-10-01, By: jemthebrewer
Info: Excellent conditions today. A tiny bit of snow in the Trough that could easily be avoided. Winds were not much of an issue today, very few people attempting the summit (maybe 6- today on a picture perfect day. We were first on the summit today and no one else was up there, we passed a couple of parties heading up while we were heading down. Great day in the mountains! 
Route: Keyhole Route
Posted On: 2020-10-01, By: vanvtr
Info: Weather condition was perfect on 9/30. Started TH at 7a.m. and arrived at the summit right before noon. I didn't know I was half way up the Trough until I asked one of the hikers (from San Antonio, Texas) coming down. Some small snow/ice batches along the Trough but condition hasn't changed from what others have reported and I didn't need to use any micros for it. Climbing up/down the 3rd class homestretch was fun and there are plenty of good hand/feet placements for anyone to choose from. 

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