Rocky Mountain National Park's 14er

The Keyhole, Longs Peak

Colorado Fourteeners | Climbing Longs Peak

The Keyhole Route is the classic way up Longs Peak, a challenge for hundreds of Park visitors every summer.  It's more than a simple hike and requires preparation and planning.

Boulder Field is the most frequently used base camp for a Longs Peak climb. 8 sites, reservation only, 5.9 miles from the Longs Peak Ranger Station and about 2 miles from the summit. Super views of the East Face and the Keyhole, 500 ft above.

The Keyhole is a landmark on the climb to Longs Peak, a notch in the stone flange joining Storm Peak and Longs, about .5 miles from the Boulder Field and 500 ft. above it.  To the left of the Keyhole stands a stone hut erected to the memory of Agnes Vaille, who perished after accomplishing the first winter ascent.

The video on this page gives a good idea of the whole route and terrain you'll cross.  More description is found under FAQ.

Watch a Virtual Climb of Longs Peak via the Keyhole