Estes Park

RMNP Unofficial Site
Long's Peak Revisited
Estes OnLine

This Bighorn sculpture greets visitors to Estes Park

John And Dagmar Pedersen's Cabin

Ruby, John and Dagmar Pedersen at Dining Table in Cabin
Circa 1959
Can't Beat Those Great Smiles!

Bill and Lucia Liley's New Cabin


Gordon Pedersen's Cabin

Dean and Glenda Pedersen's Cabin

Bob and Joanne Slizeski's Cabin

Warren and Mickie Pedersen's "Cabin"

Harold and Maxine Pedersen's Cabin

Gordon Pedersen's Cabin on Prospect Mountain

Photo By Greg Pedersen: From Prospect Mtn

Long's Peak
Rocky Mountain National Park

Longs Peak, like Pikes Peak, is a solitary fourteener rising dramatically over the high plains of eastern Colorado, a beacon for pioneers and a dominant local landmark. The similariities end there, though. Pikes is to the south of Denver, and Longs to the north, but more important are their differences in topography. Pikes Peak, while more famous, is a gentle, almost rounded summit featuring a road and railroad to the summit and almost no other nearby peaks of interest. Longs Peak is a craggy monster with several enormous vertical cliffs, set among the sea of 13,000 foot peaks that make up Rocky Mountain National Park.

Viewed from the plains, Longs Peak's southern ridge presents a jagged profile resembling a beaver trying to climb the mountain, a familiar image to readers of James Michener's novel "Centennial". The northeastern aspects include the Diamond, an almost sheer 1700 foot face that is the premier big wall in America outside of Yosemite. The west slopes fall away steeply, too, with lots of talus-filled gullies. Oddly, the summit is a large, flat expanse of about a couple acres, like the top of a tree stump falling away steeply on all sides.

Indians are alleged to have trapped eagles on the summit, but the first white man to climb Longs Peak was one-armed John Wesley Powell in 1868.


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