Hiking Longs Peak - Colorado
3am Departure Time. Roughly 16 Miles RT. Keyhole Route.
Packing List MUST HAVES For Long's Peak hike in colorado
- Use this hydration calculator to help you decide how much water you should bring on this hike. Figure 1 Liter of water weighs 2 pounds and it takes the average hiker 8-10 hours to complete with stops included. Monitoring your water intake during this hike is important. Here is an article on three reasons why you get dehydrated faster in higher altitudes.
- 70+ lumens headlamp
- Moisture wicking base layer
- Mid-layer and those sensitive to sun may consider mid-layer with SPF technologies (contact us and we can get that for you)
- Shell jacket or another outer-layer garment
- Polarized sunglasses
- Sunscreen SPF30+
- Moleskin kit
- Good hiking shoes with fitting socks
- Gloves so your hands don't get beat up by the rocks - work glove style
- First Aid Kit
- Healthy and filling hiking snacks
- Trekking poles (some people use them and some don't - easier on the knees with them)
- Be aware that in 2014 Longs Peak was listed in the top 20 for Most Dangerous Hikes
- Plan ahead, plan well, and let someone know when you are leaving and when you believe you should be back
- You MUST be below tree line and on your way back to the parking lot no later than 1-2pm. More people die from lightening strikes up there than falling, storms generally roll in between 12-2pm mountain time.
Where To Stay?
While we were visiting Estes Park, we stayed in the KOA Camper Cabins, which is roughly a ten minute drive from the trailhead, offers breakfast in the mornings and is very affordable.
If you are interested in planning a trip out there with us or have any questions about the trip you have planned, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.