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August 05, 2021

Longs Peak from the Y

Hiking • 2515 Tunnel Rd Estes ParkCO  80511 Organized by YMCA of the Rockies
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Miles Rt Grade Elev. Gain High Point Terrain Drive Time 23 A 6300 14259 A Short
In 1920, the Pifer sisters began leading hikes for guests staying at YMCA. Now, 101 years later, we are following their footsteps and leading one of the hikes they were known to lead.. Their route is no longer viable: it would be off-trail and on private property at times, and their refreshment locations are now historical artifacts. Nonetheless, it is possible to celebrate their initiative and the beginnings of the Y hiking program by summiting Longs from the Y, but doing so on modern trails. We will remember the Pifer sisters, celebrate 101 years of Y hiking excellence, and experience the endless lure of Longs Peak with a 23 mile round trip, 6,300-foot net gain, trek from the Y to the summit of Longs Peak.
This hike is a part of our "101 Years of Guided Hikes at the YMCA Celebration".
This is NOT an easy route up Longs Peak. Prerequisites for this hike will be strictly enforced.
Bring a headlamp or flashlight, three liters of water, snacks, lunch, rain gear, hat, gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, extra layer of clothes and hiking boots. Additionally, bring money to chip in for gas for the driver.
Hike Difficulty
A = Most Difficult
B = Challenging
C = Harder
D = Hard
E = More Moderate
F = Moderate
G = Easy
H = Easiest

To meet the prerequisite for A-D hikes, you must have completed without difficulty a YMCA of the Rockies (Hikemaster-lead) hike of no more than two grades lower within two weeks before the hike. This means a C hike is the prerequisite for an A hike; a D hike is a prerequisite for B hike; an E hike is a prerequisite for a C hike, and an F hike meets the requirements for a D hike.

Hikes graded A-D must have three guests, and hikes graded E-H must have two guests to go. This is for safety reasons. Hikes will be canceled if too few guests sign up.

A variety of circumstances may change the schedule of this hike. It is imperative that all hikers check in at the Mountain Center hiking desk (Base Camp) no later than 5 pm the day before the hike. If your hike is scheduled to leave before Mountain Center open hours, please enter through the side door on the north side of the building.


A Hikes
B Hikes
C Hikes
D Hikes
E Hikes
F Hikes


Boone Family Mountain Center


David Mandy
David Pope

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2515 Tunnel Rd Estes ParkCO  80511

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