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Elevation: 14,256'
Location: 40.2585, -105.61933 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Sep 8, 2006
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Description 

This is an amalgamation of area between the Diamond/Chasm View Wall and the West Face of Long's Peak. The climbs in this area are probably more mountaineering in nature than much of the rest of the climbs on Long's Peak.

Historically, this aspect of the peak is important as it was once equipped with cables to facilitate non-climber's ascent of the peak. Since, these cables have been removed, and this face has much reduced traffic. It is often used for the descent of routes off the top of the Diamond.

Routes along here include: The Cable Route, 5.4 or M2; Keyhole Ridge, 5.4; The Keyhole, 3rd class.

Getting There 

Most approach this from Long's Area trailhead off CO Hwy 7. Hike up to the Chasm Lake cutoff but head right around Lady Washington and through the Boulderfield. Find your line.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.1 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Face/Ridge:
Northwest Gully   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 1000'   
Cable Route   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, Alpine, Grade III   
Keyhole Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, Grade III   
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Featured Route For North Face/Ridge
Shane Murphy in front of the Cable Route--the dihedral just right of the edge of the Diamond.

Cable Route 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : North Face/Ridge
First of all, so there's no confusion, this route is NOT on the diamond. It is just filed under that rock. I give this route one star, but not because it is a bad route. It is an excellent first technical alpine route for a beginner. After doing the route, however, I would probably not be interested in doing it again unless it was a winter ascent, which would be different.The history of the route is kinda interesting. I'm not sure of specific dates, but in the early part of the 1900's a thic...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of North Face/Ridge Slideshow Add Photo
Moonset over Keyhole Ridge, January 4, 2013.
Moonset over Keyhole Ridge, January 4, 2013.
North Face, Long's, January 2013.
North Face, Long's, January 2013.

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By Nate Oakes
Apr 5, 2007
Thinking of doing an overnight/full-moon ascent of the Cables route, does anyone know of the snow conditions?