Longs Peak Guided Hikes and Backpacking Trips
1 Day Ext: 3am-5pm
2 Days: Meet guide PM day 1, 3am to safe return day 2
1 Day Ext: Guide and lunch
2 Days: Guide, Camp Gear, Camping Fees/Reservation Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
July 1st – October 1st
1 Day Ext: High Endurance Required. No technical climbing
2 Day: Medium Endurance Required. No technical climbing.
Transportation options available. Click here for pricing.
1 Day Private $375,
2 or 3 people $299/person, Group pricing available.
2 Day: Private: $699,
2 or more $375/person, Group pricing available.
Take one- or two- days to immerse yourself in majestic Rocky Mountain National Park and the challenge of 14-er mountaineering. Your guide will take you to some of the highest points in Colorado!
Wake up before dawn to meet your guide at the base of Longs Peak. It will be a big day on the mountain. Begin the hike with your guide through mountain forest with a headlamp shining bright. Under the night sky you are already beginning to gain altitude. The sun rises as you hit tree line. The light at dawn is nothing short of magical. As you continue to hike 5 miles up switch backs and across mountain creeks you reach the Boulder Fields. The last mile and a half is where the excitement really begins. Here you scramble across rock, along wide ledges and up to the top of this 14 thousand foot mountain. From the top you realize the incredible achievement. After hiking back down your guide will drive you back to town and say farewell. You will never forget your summit attempt of Longs Peak. Give us a call at (303) 731-6160 to learn more.
Day 1: Meet your Longs Peak guide in the afternoon of day one. We will help pack your overnight pack and head out. We soon reach an entirely different ecosystem called alpine tundra. The plants are miniature, the ground alive with amazing color and the air pure. Marmots are sure to visit as we hop from rock to rock across meandering streams that flow between boulders. After arriving at our designated camp site, your guide will set up camp and begin dinner while you take in the splendor of the Colorado alpine. After food and drink, your guide will encourage you to fall a sleep early in preparation for the next day.
Day 2: We leave our camp gear behind and begin a summit attempt traveling light and fast. As we cross to the North side of the mountain the alpine setting is instantly revealed and the magnificence and grandeur of the Rockies sinks in deep. After a few hours of non technical climbing, if the mountain allows, we will reach the summit and enjoy a magnificent 360 degree view. We will be higher than the eye can see in all directions. This is an incredible place on earth. After a morning summit, we spend the day hiking back down through the transition from high alpine tundra to mountain forest. If you are staying in Boulder or Denver you will have the opportunity to cross into yet another ecosystem on the drive back into the Great American Plains.
The 2 day Longs Peak guided trip is great option but spaces are limited. Reserve Now.
This trip is designed for people with high endurance and drive to push the limits. If you have no experience rock climbing and mountaineering that is fine, we will teach you.
The ability to run 5 to 10 miles is highly encouraged. You need not be a runner but having similiar strength and endurance capabilities makes this trip great.
Wear layers so that you can shed them if you are hot and bundle up if you are cold. Bringing rain gear, a medium sized backpack (30+ liter for day hiking), and any required medications is necessary. On the Long’s Peak you must wear hiking shoes or boots with ankle support. Additionally carry layers for 15 degree weather and if staying the night prepare for 0 degree temperatures (Fahrenheit.) You will also need a headlamp but a handheld flash light will suffice.
- Rain jacket with a hood
- Warm hat
- Extra insulating layer (softshell or fleece, jacket or vest)
- Lightweight gloves/mittens
- Hiking boots: trail running shoes will work, boots with ankle support are best
- Backpack: 30+ Liter
- Headlamp, new batteries
- Sun gear: sunscreen (SPF 30+), SPF lip balm, sun-hat/ball-cap, and dark sunglasses
- 3 liter capacity – water bottles/bladder
- Toiletries (toothbrush/paste, feminine hygiene, contacts lenses, medications, etc.)
- Sleeping Bag 15°F available for rent
- Sleeping Pad: full-length inflatable pad available for rent
- Extra Warm Layer
- 50+ Liter Backpack (large enough to fit all personal equipment, extra room for group gear/food)
- Mountain environments can bring a variety of weather, varying by the season and by the minute, so be prepared for the worst (and the best).
- Synthetic clothes dry easily and keep you warm when wet.
- Avoid cotton, expect for day use (i.e. summer hiking t-shirt).
- Pack light to travel light, minimize fatigue and increase speed. Wear items that are comfortable and easy to move in, and pack only the bare essentials, and avoid duplicates by choosing options that fulfill
- multiple purposes.
- Non-cotton items, materials that are synthetic will wick away moisture and dry quickly. Cotton does not dry quickly and often stays wet.
Gratuity: The outdoor industry depends on gratuity to ensure quality in the field. Your Longs Peak guide goes to incredible lengths to keep you safe and happy on the mountain. An excellent guided experience on Longs Peak it gratuity of thirty to sixty dollars per person is recommended.
Cancellation Policy: There is a 50% refund available for trips canceled more than 2 weeks in advanced. All trips are non-refundable within 2 weeks of the trip date. In the case of inclement weather prior to the trip start you will be credited the amount paid for future use with Apex Ex valid for up to 1 year from the scheduled trip date.
Responsibility: In the case that a member of the party becomes sick or injured it is the responsibility of the group to abandon the summit attempt and assist in rescue. Additionally, if for any reason the guide determines the group is in unreasonable danger, it is the responsibility of the climbing members to stay with the guide. These situations are part of mountaineering and are non-refundable.
Ready to take it to the next level?
This 2 day trip is a great introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park. As you climb this mountain you are afford a 360 degree view of the park. You will be ready for 3-10 day back packing trips supported by Apex Ex.
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We build each trip around your goals, skill level and endurance. After you book, your guide will call to better understand your group, answer questions and help you prepare for the trip.
To sign up you can also give us a call at 303-731-6160 303-731-6160from 8am to 10pm
The best climber in the world is the one who is having the most fun.