Longs Peak Valley Loop
ElevationAscent: 5,129' 1,563 m
Descent: -5,150' -1,570 m
High: 12,060' 3,676 m
Low: 8,551' 2,606 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 71% (36°)
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“A large loop through the Longs Peak valley, featuring rugged landscapes and high altitude trails.”— Jeff Williams
You'll leave from the Longs Peak ranger station, climb up the Longs Peak trailhead and past Chasm Lake for 5.9 miles up to the Keyhole boulder field then drop into Glacier Gorge on North Longs Peak Trail, winding over to the Storm Pass Trail. There are opportunities for some variation, including adding in an ascent of Longs Peak - Keyhole Route for the very motivated.
Continue on to the Glacier Creek Trail. This area has wider trails that are more heavily used by day-hikers. Expect some crowds here as you pass waterfalls and viewing areas along the way down to the Glacier Basin Trails.
In this area some options exist, I used the Glacier Creek Trail, passing Sprague lake and over to the Wind River Trail connector to join the Wild River Trail to add a short loop around and back to Storm Pass. The trails here passes campgrounds and equestrian areas, expect horses and a fair amount of wear on the trails from them - this area is lower altitude pine forests. From Storm Pass, head down, passing the Estes Cone Trail (you can add in a short side trail to summit the cone) onto the Eugenia Mine Trail to the turn off for the Longs Peak Ranger station and your car.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park