This past weekend, many of the Rocky Mountain Runners were in Utah for the Speedgoat 50K. A few of us who stayed behind didn’t want to miss out on any type of adventure, so we decided on an impromptu trip up Longs Peak (14,259 ft). This front range beauty is only a 45 min. drive from Boulder. The standard keyhole route is about 14 miles round trip with a touch over 5,000 ft of vertical gain – a solid Saturday run. All of us have done this route, but it never gets old!
Not everyone goes out to get a Longs Peak Summit. The majority of people we talked to were just heading to the Boulder field or the Keyhole. Most of the route is pretty runnable until you get to the Keyhole. Once we hit the Keyhole, we were blasted with some pretty strong winds. Luckily, we only experienced these strong winds for a few 100 feet.
Once you have made it through the Narrows, you approach the steepest part of the ascent – Homestretch. The Ranger at the trailhead told me this was the busiest day of the year. I soon realized this as we approached Homestretch. The entire last 1/4 mile was bottle-necked with terrified hikers trying to summit. We chose the fun route and scrambled around everyone.
This run has never let me down. I strongly recommend it to anyone seeking a good mountain adventure! Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the route.