Longs Peak is the highest summit between Central Colorado and the Arctic Circle, standing at 14,259 feet tall. A round trip up and down the mountain consists of 15 miles, which can take a person anywhere from 10 to 15 hours to complete, depending on climbing experience. A marked route with red and yellow bull's-eyes provide climbers a clear path for ascending and descending the mountain, but individuals are always advised to climb with a partner for safety purposes. When choosing a time of year to climb Longs Peak, the period between mid-July and mid-September is best for climbers who wish to avoid snow and ice.
Climbers should expect both sheer vertical rock faces and narrow ledges. Hazards include falling rocks and loose gravel that can easily cause slipping. To ensure the best experience, a person should possess good rock-scrambling and route-finding skills.
It is important to note that search-and-rescue teams often require hours, if not days, to find and evacuate injured or lost parties.