Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
The conditions for Longs were not very good when I drove up today. There was a recent snowstorm and the roads were a tad icy. I drove to the trailhead, but the peak was bathed in clouds. This isn't always a deterrent, but this mountain has some particularly difficult sections that are prone to avalanches. There was a chance of snow and somewhat warmer temperatures, so avalanche danger was high; I had to back out before I even hit the trail. Oh well!
This was not exactly a difficult hike, but I still felt the elevation. The trail is completely covered in snow so I had to do some route-finding. I was taking my time and made it to the "summit" in a couple of hours. There wasn't much of a view, but it was nice to add another mountain to my tick-list. Clouds were forming around the higher peaks and I made my way down in an hour and a half. Again, not a crazy climb, but rather relaxing!
I had a little time to chill in the town of Estes Park! I'm planning the next section of my trip through Wyoming and trying my best to plan around the weather. Stay tuned for a visit to Yellowstone, the Tetons, Saratoga, and the Wind River Range!