4-Day Long’s Peak Hike

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Activity
Backpacking
Destination
Colorado
Tour Length
4 days, 3 Nights
Accomodations
Camping
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Advanced

Challenge yourself by ascending one of the most famous of Colorado’s “Fourteeners,” on this 4-Day Long’s Peak Hike. This, the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, is “not a hike,” according to the Park Service, as it contains so many elements of mountaineering and it is much more challenging than even AOA’s most challenging Grand Canyon hikes.

Although it is possible to summit Long’s Peak in one long and grueling day, it’s much better enjoyed on an overnight backpacking trip. Why not explore this beautiful alpine setting a little more? Spend time hiking to sparkling lakes and getting acclimated to the high elevation so that your fourteener ascent is safe and memorable. AOA’s route is a little used alternative to the common Long’s Peak summit route, making for the perfect 4-day exploration and ascent of this iconic peak.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Roundtrip transportation from specified meet-up locations
  • Glacier Basin Campground reservation/fees for Night 1
  • Backcountry permit fees for two nights
  • Meals starting dinner Day 1 through breakfast Day 4
  • AOA-provided transfer from meet location to trailhead and back at conclusion of trip
  • Filtered water during van transfers and a variety of healthy hiking snacks
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder and LNT -certified guide(s)
  • Kitchen and group gear (cooking utensils, stove, fuel, water filter, food storage, dish washing necessities)
  • Personal mess kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon)
  • Bear can – 1 per guest

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Rocky Mountain National Park entry fees

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Transportation to and from the meet locations
  • Air transportation
  • Breakfast and lunch Day 1, lunch in Estes Park on Day 4
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent)
  • Backpacking pack (available to rent)
  • Backpacking tent (available to rent)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)
  • Alcohol and related gratuities
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Gear Rental

  • 1-person backpacking tent ($35 per)
  • 2-person backpacking tent ($45 per)
  • 55 to 65 liter backpack with removable daypack option fitted to individual ($40 per)
  • Sleeping bag ($35 per)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad ($35 per, sleeping pads add insulation and are required on AOA trips)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)

Other Additions

  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 995 pp 995 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 19 pp* 19 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

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Dates

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July 11-July 14
July 25-July 28
August 8-August 11
August 22-August 25
September 5-September 8
September 19-September 22

Itinerary

Your Trip

Summit Rocky Mountain National Park's only peak above 14,000 feet on this adventure!

Over 4 days, hike high into the Rocky Mountains, away from civilization to a place where the sounds of nature grow louder and the views more stunning with each mile. This trek will be a challenge, but with the guides at your side to cook up delicious backcountry meals and provide support the entire way, you’ll be prepared to summit the only 14er in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Our expert guides encourage, enable, and support you with their local knowledge and tips to set you up for success on summit day. Along the way, enjoy stunning views, carpets of wildflowers, great trailside and camp meals, wildlife encounters, and the camaraderie of shared adventure.

PRINT ITINERARY

DAY 1: Meet and Prepare for Your Long's Peak Hike

Your trip begins today either at our host hotel in Boulder, CO, or at the Estes Park Visitor Center in Estes Park, CO. Here you will meet your guides and fellow adventurers. We’ll park cars, load into our van for the transfer into Rocky Mountain National Park, and arrive at Glacier Basin Campground by mid-afternoon.

Upon arrival at camp our guides will distribute any rental gear, demonstrate how to properly set tents up, and assist with overall camp set-up. The group will then get together for distribution of group gear, pack loading and fitting tips, and an in-depth orientation to prepare everyone for our backpacking adventure in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. We will talk about the Colorado hiking trails we will soon be enjoying, the Long’s Peak summit route, and hiking in Colorado generally. Depending on timing and weather, we will explore some of the area before having a hearty and delicious dinner prepared by our guides. After dinner, enjoy a short hike to a nearby lake and then spend some time around the fire as the stars emerge and glitter overhead.

Hiking

1.5 – 5 miles, minimal elevation change

Meals

Breakfast and lunch on your own, dinner included

Lodging

Frontcountry camping

Your trip begins today either at our host hotel in Boulder, CO, or at the Estes Park Visitor Center in Estes Park, CO. Here you will meet your guides and fellow adventurers. We’ll park cars, load into our van for the transfer into Rocky Mountain National Park, and arrive at Glacier Basin Campground by mid-afternoon.

Upon arrival at camp our guides will distribute any rental gear, demonstrate how to properly set tents up, and assist with overall camp set-up. The group will then get together for distribution of group gear, pack loading and fitting tips, and an in-depth orientation to prepare everyone for our backpacking adventure in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. We will talk about the Colorado hiking trails we will soon be enjoying, the Long’s Peak summit route, and hiking in Colorado generally. Depending on timing and weather, we will explore some of the area before having a hearty and delicious dinner prepared by our guides. After dinner, enjoy a short hike to a nearby lake and then spend some time around the fire as the stars emerge and glitter overhead.

Hiking

1.5 – 5 miles, minimal elevation change

Meals

Breakfast and lunch on your own, dinner included

Lodging

Frontcountry camping

DAY 2: Into the Backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park

Following a breakfast prepared by your guide and steaming hot beverages, we pack our tents, food, and gear into our backpacks, make a quick transfer to the trailhead, and hit the trail!

The 2.4-mile trek to our backcountry basecamp follows Boulder Brook through lodgepole pine, spruce and fir, and then into subalpine forest. Along the way we enjoy the cascading waters, diverse vegetation, and awe-inspiring views of the Continental Divide to the west and the Mummy Range to the north. Once we reach camp we pitch our tents, then switch to day packs (or a lightened full-sized pack – your choice) for a day of hiking to Mills, Jewel, and Black Lakes in Glacier Gorge. Magnificent views, waterfalls, pristine lakes, and plentiful wildlife make this a special day spent in the Colorado high country. Tonight, we share a hearty backcountry meal and mentally prepare for our attempt at the Long’s Peak summit tomorrow.

Hiking

12 – 15 miles, – 750 feet / +1,200 feet elevation gain/loss

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Backcountry camping

Following a breakfast prepared by your guide and steaming hot beverages, we pack our tents, food, and gear into our backpacks, make a quick transfer to the trailhead, and hit the trail!

The 2.4-mile trek to our backcountry basecamp follows Boulder Brook through lodgepole pine, spruce and fir, and then into subalpine forest. Along the way we enjoy the cascading waters, diverse vegetation, and awe-inspiring views of the Continental Divide to the west and the Mummy Range to the north. Once we reach camp we pitch our tents, then switch to day packs (or a lightened full-sized pack – your choice) for a day of hiking to Mills, Jewel, and Black Lakes in Glacier Gorge. Magnificent views, waterfalls, pristine lakes, and plentiful wildlife make this a special day spent in the Colorado high country. Tonight, we share a hearty backcountry meal and mentally prepare for our attempt at the Long’s Peak summit tomorrow.

Hiking

12 – 15 miles, – 750 feet / +1,200 feet elevation gain/loss

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Backcountry camping

DAY 3: Climbing Long's Peak!

Today is Long’s Peak summit day! In the pre-dawn light we begin with a big breakfast and hot drinks served by the guides. We don’t have to break camp as we will return here this afternoon. Because most of our route to the summit will be above tree line, it is important to get an early start so that we will return by mid-afternoon before the threat of thunder storms is highest. We’ll traverse a series of switchbacks up the steep slopes of Battle Mountain, then hike along a ridegline to Granite Pass at just over 12,000 feet. Onward and upward we continue for another 1.4 miles to the boulder field. Beyond the well-known Long’s Peak boulder field things change and the difficulty of our hike increases, including steep scrambles, a rougher trail, and the infamous “keyhole.”

But it’s not all struggle, sweeping views out across the Great Plains, carpets of wildflowers, soaring hawks and eagles, and trailside treats reward us for our effort. Playful marmots and pikas entertain us during breaks, and after passing through the keyhole we can look down into Glacier Gorge, spotting the lakes we visited yesterday as they shine far below. With luck and persistence, we reach the top at 14,259 feet above sea level. We celebrate our accomplishment at the summit of Long’s Peak, the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Hiking

12 miles, +/-4,059 feet elevation gain/loss

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Backcountry camping

Today is Long’s Peak summit day! In the pre-dawn light we begin with a big breakfast and hot drinks served by the guides. We don’t have to break camp as we will return here this afternoon. Because most of our route to the summit will be above tree line, it is important to get an early start so that we will return by mid-afternoon before the threat of thunder storms is highest. We’ll traverse a series of switchbacks up the steep slopes of Battle Mountain, then hike along a ridegline to Granite Pass at just over 12,000 feet. Onward and upward we continue for another 1.4 miles to the boulder field. Beyond the well-known Long’s Peak boulder field things change and the difficulty of our hike increases, including steep scrambles, a rougher trail, and the infamous “keyhole.”

But it’s not all struggle, sweeping views out across the Great Plains, carpets of wildflowers, soaring hawks and eagles, and trailside treats reward us for our effort. Playful marmots and pikas entertain us during breaks, and after passing through the keyhole we can look down into Glacier Gorge, spotting the lakes we visited yesterday as they shine far below. With luck and persistence, we reach the top at 14,259 feet above sea level. We celebrate our accomplishment at the summit of Long’s Peak, the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Hiking

12 miles, +/-4,059 feet elevation gain/loss

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Backcountry camping

DAY 4: Return to the Trailhead

This morning, enjoy a much-deserved rest and sleep late in camp. After breakfast we re-distribute the food and group gear, pack up our camp, and retrace our steps back down Boulder Brook to the trailhead, clean clothes, and a shared lunch in town at a local eatery. We’ve had to leave the crisp mornings and rolling trails of the Rocky Mountains backcountry behind, but over cold beers and hot grub we tell our stories in the warm glow of our shared experience and cement the memories in our minds forever.

Hiking

2.5 – 3 miles, -1,400 feet elevation loss

Meals

Breakfast and lunch, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

This morning, enjoy a much-deserved rest and sleep late in camp. After breakfast we re-distribute the food and group gear, pack up our camp, and retrace our steps back down Boulder Brook to the trailhead, clean clothes, and a shared lunch in town at a local eatery. We’ve had to leave the crisp mornings and rolling trails of the Rocky Mountains backcountry behind, but over cold beers and hot grub we tell our stories in the warm glow of our shared experience and cement the memories in our minds forever.

Hiking

2.5 – 3 miles, -1,400 feet elevation loss

Meals

Breakfast and lunch, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

Nitty Gritty

AOA’s adventures might challenge you, but we don’t want them to surprise you, these Nitty Gritty details can help you decide if this the right trip for you.

Comforts of Home

Cell service & Electricity: While backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park, you will not have cell phone service, you should expect to be unreachable by phone. There is no electricity available. Bring a portable battery to charge your phone for photos.

Hiking & Weather

This backpacking trip requires that you carry all you need and a portion of the group gear on your back. Expect to carry about 35-50lbs in your backpack while hiking over uneven terrain at high elevation. In order to make the most of “summit day” this trip requires an alpine (very early) start on day 3. Climbing mountains is a risky business, keep in mind that a Long’s Peak summit is always weather dependent.

Bear Safety

Bears are prevalent in Rocky Mountain National Park and know that hikers carry food. Because of this, all backpackers must take mandatory precautions to lock up all “smellable” items from hand lotion to snacks in bear-proof cans. This keeps the bears and the visitors safe. It can be a challenge, but our guides will help you make sure your gear and campsite is bearproof.

Trip Ratings

Challenge 5 | Comfort 1 | Solitude 3 | Participation 3