Longs Peak Loop
Estes Park, CO5.0 (13 reviews)
- Famous CO Summit
- Creeks & Waterfalls
- Amazing Views
- Acclimatization Days
- Beautiful Campsites
- Glaciers & Alpine Lakes
- Adventurous Loop Route
With its summit topping out at an elevation of 14,259 feet, Long’s Peak is among the tallest peaks in the Rocky Mountains and is the single tallest peak in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. You can easily see it for miles in every direction towering above the rest of the Park!
We designed the Longs Peak Loop to allow for acclimatization during the first couple days of the hike, increasing the odds of a successful summit bid. The trip takes us through a series of camps, drawing us closer to striking distance of Longs Peak. On day 3, permitting good weather, we’ll go for the summit. This trip is not for the faint of heart! The summit bid involves steep, exposed scrambling and hiking across boulder fields, possible snow banks, and steep slopes. Such challenging factors make summiting Longs Peak a proud accomplishment. The final day takes us out of the alpine and into the Glacier Gorge area to complete a fantastic point to point hike.
$1315 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 5
Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult
- Backpack Weight:
- 35-45 pounds
- Daily Hiking Distances:
- 4-8 miles
- Most Elevation Loss:
- 3700 feet
- Most Elevation Gain:
- 3500 feet day hiking
- Quality of Trails:
- Well maintained and off trail
- This trip goes up to above 14,000 feet in elevation. It’s best to arrive in Estes Park a day or two early to begin the acclimatization process. Also, the ascent of Longs Peak requires hand-and-feet scrambling on steep – and at times exposed – rock slopes. There are inherent objective hazards such as altitude illness, rock fall, items or rocks dropped by other hikers, thunderstorms, heavy winds…etc. There’s also no guarantee of reaching the summit – if your guide feels the conditions are creating an unacceptable level of risk he or she will turn the group around.
- be very active, healthy people
- exercise vigorously several times per week
- be comfortable hiking, biking, or running for hours at a time without taking breaks
SOLITUDE LEVEL 2
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Rocky Mountain National Park backpacking trip a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.Learn More about our Rating System
Travel to Estes Park
All Rocky Mountain National Park trips begin and end from Estes Park, Colorado. Estes Park does not have an airport. The most convenient airport is Denver International Airport (DIA), which is served by most major airlines and is an inexpensive airport to fly into. From DIA one can take a shuttle or rent a car to reach Estes Park. It is a 1.5-hour drive from DIA to Estes Park on good roads.
Denver to Estes Park Shuttles
Estes Park Shuttle: 970-586-5151
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Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2
- 3 People: Rate x 1.3
- 4 People: Rate x 1.1
- 5+ People: Rate x 1
*all rates are per person
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