Hiking Longs Peak is a fantastic way to start the summer off right, and Kirk’s Mountain Adventure has guided hiking trips so you won’t feel like you’re going it alone on one of the toughest hikes in Colorado. If you’ve thought about booking a guided trip up Longs Peak, or are considering making the trek yourself, here are a few things to consider before heading up the mountain.
Longs Peak is the highest mountain in the Rocky Mountain National Park with an elevation of 14,259 ft. The high elevation makes it a particularly hard hike, especially for out-of-town friends you might want to bring with you. Remember, altitude sickness can be severe and asking a friend who is not acclimated to hiking high elevations could cause them extreme discomfort and potentially put their lives at risk.
The terrain is challenging. You’ll have to hike several miles into the park from the parking lot before you can even begin the climb. It’s not a short day hike and even experienced climbers take an average of 10 hours to complete the trip. Most people will spend longer on the mountain, so having adequate supplies is absolutely essential.
Longs Peak is a technical challenge and most people who attempt the climb won’t make it to the summit. There’s more to consider than just your physical fitness level. Weather, even in the middle of summer, is an issue and changes quickly. There are areas of the trail where one wrong step can cause serious injury. This is why we recommend taking a guided hiking trip up Longs Peak. Our experienced guides will help you reach the summit safely and can offer advice and technical know-how along the way.
Kirk’s Mountain Adventure offers day trip and overnight hikes up Longs Peak. Our expert guides will help you reach the summit safely and guide you in the often tricky art of descending the mountain. Contact us today to book your next adventure.