Longs is easily the most recognizable and iconic mountain around Estes Park–not only because of the distinct block that makes its peak or its engraving on the Colorado state quarter but also because it is the tallest in the area. So tall, in fact, it can be seen from Denver on a clear day. It is the only 14er (peak with an elevation over 14,000 feet above sea level) in Rocky Mountain National Park or the Estes area and the northernmost 14er in the state.
Of course, the other allure of this mountain is standing atop it. Home to some of the most iconic big-wall climbing in the state, the Diamond has several “experts only” vertical big-wall climbs. But Longs Peaks has a number of other routes to top, the most popular of which is “The Keyhole” a stout, Class 3, climb (scrambling over large boulders, with exposure to long falls) gaining over 5,500 feet in elevation from the trailhead on a 16-mile round trip journey.