Rocky Mountain National Park: Longs Peak And Vicinity
Longs Peak is Rocky Mountain National Park. No peak in all of Rocky Mountain National Park is more recognizable that the iconic 4,255 ft high Longs Peak. Longs Peak is the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park and it's only 'fourteener'. Once thought unclimbable by early settlers to the regions, Longs Peak makes for an impressive piece of granite that is now scaled by thousands of hikers and climbers each year along its numerous routes.
Longs Peak was so named by Major Stephen H. Long whom did so while surveying the Platte Valley in 1820. Longs Peak was not successfully summited until 1868. John Wesley Powell, the first man to traverse the Grand Canyon led a party to the summit of Longs Peak in 1868 prior to his storied adventure down the Grand Canyon.
From different locations around Rocky Mountain National Park, Longs Peak shape and size seem to shift and transform. But whether one is viewing Longs Peak from the east with its impressive east face known as the Diamond or from the west with its foreboding 'Keyboard of the Winds' formation in view, it's a spectacular mountain to behold.