North Face/Ridge Rock Climbing
Moonset over Keyhole Ridge, January 4, 2013.
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
; Keyhole Ridge
, 5.4; The Keyhole, 3rd class.
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.
Weather station 6.1 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in North Face/Ridge
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Face/Ridge:
Cable Route 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, Alpine, Grade III
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Keyhole Ridge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b CO
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Not on the Diamond, but a great easy technical route to the summit of Longs Peak. Slightly committing with tricky route finding. We roped up for 5 or so pitches, but other parties may do less or more depending on experience.Follow the trail through the Boulderfield to the Keyhole. The route follows the ridge from the Keyhole to the summit.From the hut at the Keyhole, hike south up the ramp on the east face until below the False Keyhole, and then head straight up (possibly roping up), to the h...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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?