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Date Friday  9/27/2019
End Date Friday  9/27/2019
Group Denver
Event Title Fall Colors RMNP Longs Peak TH to Sprague Lake*
Start Time 5:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Sue Ahlberg
Member Price Free
Available Participants Full- Join Waitlist
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate C
Trail Mileage 12
Elevation Gain 2600
Driving Distance 125


For more info Contact

Sue Ahlberg

Please note that I will have limited wifi in Aug/Sept so do not expect a prompt response to any questions.



This should be a perfect hike to enjoy Fall colors and elk bugling in beautiful RMNP.  It is a one way hike starting at the Longs Peak TH.   We will work out a shuttle from Sprague Lake back to the LPTH

From the Longs Peak Trailhead, hike on the East Longs Peak Trail as it climbs quite steeply for the first half-mile. It ascends through the scenic forest to the signed junction with the trail to Eugenia Mine and Storm Pass, which also provides access to Estes Cone.

Continue straight ahead and follow the East Longs Peaks Trail, which soon swings southwest and climbs switchbacks through the forest. The trail meets Alpine Brook and turns west to climb through Goblins Forest, a dense section of woodland with multitudes of fantastic, twisted limber pines.

Follow the trail as it crosses tiny Larkspur Creek and ascends more switchbacks to pop out near treeline. The trail crosses a wooden footbridge that spans beautiful Alpine Brook. From here, continue hiking as the trail travels south among stunted trees and provides a high perspective overlooking the cities on the plains to the southeast. The dual humps of Twin Sisters Peaks stand out to the east.

Continue hiking as the trail enters open, treeless terrain and offers dramatic views of Longs Peak, with the Diamond`s sheer 1,000-foot face rising behind the shoulder of Mount Lady Washington. Hike along the wide trail as it climbs steadily to Jim`s Grove Junction, then cuts southwest along the basin, paralleling Mills Moraine.

Continue hiking to the western end of Mills Moraine where the trail splits. Here, the Chasm Lake Spur Trail leads southwest to Chasm Lake. Follow the East Longs Pe


Please have 10 essentials and be prepared for any weather. 


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