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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.

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',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 VD 3a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 1000'   
Cable Route   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, Alpine, Grade III   
Keyhole Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, Alpine, Grade III   
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Class 3, Gully Action.

Northwest Gully 5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : North Face/Ridge
Climb the Keyhole route to the Keyhole. Continue on halfway to the Trough. Just as the route starts to drop, there is a gully that shoots upward from the ledges toward the Keyhole Ridge. Be careful as there is an earlier gully that will not take you high enough.Ascend this gully. The difficulties are mostly class 4 for about 800 feet or so. Watch as the hundreds of people on the keyhold route drop away and you are left solo. Be especially careful not to dislodge any of the loose rock, as i...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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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?