18. One of my major objectives on this hike was to get as close as I could to Longs Peak's West face and get a high resolution close-up photo. The keyhole route trail to the summit of Longs Peak traverses almost the entire width of this seven shot photo. I was hoping to see some hikers in the photos, but haven't found any yet. I need to study them a little more closely. The Keyhole is at the left end and the Trough is at the right end.
I had entertained the possibility of climbing The Spearhead, which would have given me a better angle on Long's West face. However, the path required to do so traversed a boulder field seemingly reminiscent of Long's bolder field. OK I'm exaggerating a little, the rocks weren't as large as Long's but it still would have been a lot of rock hopping just to get to the climbable side of the Spearhead. And then I'd still have to climb it, assuming of course that it was easier than the side I photographed. The North base looked good enough to me.
These seven shots were taken with a 300 mm lens. Super Size It! (544kB).