Lygon Stevens Memorial Climb

// August 4th, 2011 // Uncategorized

I am headed to Loveland and Estes Park for  the 4th Annual Lygon Stevens Memorial Climb. It is incredible, the ever-expanding waves of Lygon’s story as they continue to circle around the world. As we have seen Lygon’s small steps and precious words multiplied in the hands of the One who transforms lives, from small beginnings to farther shores than we ever dreamed, we invite you to take up the challenge to step out. Reach for what’s ahead. Press on. Climb high. Stay near to the One who takes your steps, your courage, and your strength and multiplies them in ways you may never imagine. Live near. The return is worth it.


Friday, August 5

Resurrection Fellowship – 6502 Crossroads Boulevard, Loveland, CO (map)
4:00-6:00 – TAG Expo A variety of outdoor organizations will be set up with demos and info in the Atrium. A great time to meet some really cool, amazing people and become familiar with the folks that offer recreation, vacations, backpacking trips, gear needs, and yes, perhaps even your rescue.

4:00-6:00 – Registration and Sign-In Pick up your t-shirts, Chili Feed tickets, summit banners, maps, and stuff. A limited number of t-shirts and Chili Feed tickets will be available for purchase. Bring your backpack for a pack check if you are unsure of your preparation needs.

6:00 – 7:30 – Climb High: Live Near  2011 LSMC Kick-Off Rally Be inspired!!! Hear Lygon’s story. Gear up for your challenge: Adventurer, author, and climber Eric Alexander will stir you with his stories of climbing Mt. Everest with his blind friend, Erik Weihenmayer. Open to the public so come early.

Saturday, August 6
Climb, hike, run, walk, or roll! Rocky Mountain National Park. Start times vary. See Climbs below.
2:00-6:00 – Chili Feed Large Pavilion near Lake Estes. (map). Hearty nourishment for all. Whether you stood on the summit or strolled the streets of Estes, $5/person. Tickets required.



The feat! This year we have some favorite climbs from the past (is this your year to try Longs Peak?) as well as some new ones. Start times are given as suggestions to provide climbing companions and fellow summiteers. The idea is to pick your hike or climb then meet at the trailhead at the given time. Set your pace and go for it! When you reach your destination, celebrate! Lift your voice and arms and thanks to the heavens! Sign your summit banner and take a picture to document your climb. Rest up – you’re only halfway done! Head back down to the Chili Feed.


Each climb will have a climb captain to answer your questions and offer help. Maps and trail guides will be available at the Kick-Off.*


There is something suitable everyone. Challenging , Cruising, or Chiilin’


Longs Peak #1 – – Loft Route (14,255’) 13 miles roundtrip, 5,300’ elevation gain. More difficult.


From Longs Peak Trailhead, this trail passes through Goblin’s Forest, then splits off from the Keyhole Route at Chasm Junction. The trail continues on past Chasm Lake and the Ship’s Prow, up The Loft to the saddle between Mt. Meeker and Longs. The trail then passes around The Palisades where it rejoins the Keyhole Route for the Homestretch. This is an advanced route requiring route-finding skills, and there are no alternate destinations. Start time 3:00 am.

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Directions to Longs Peak Trailhead – see below

Longs Peak #2 – Keyhole Route  (14,255’) 15 miles roundtrip, 4,855’ elevation gain. Difficult.


The Keyhole Route to the summit of Longs Peak is the traditional route. Beginning at the Longs Peak Trailhead, it passes through Goblin’s Forest, splitting off from the Chasm Lake trail at Chasm Junction. Passing around Mt. Lady Washington, the trail then ascends to Granite Pass and into the Boulder Field. At this point, participants may choose to stop, watching the climbers on The Diamond, or to continue on to Mt. Lady Washington, the Keyhole, or the summit. Continuing on through the Boulder Field, the trail follows a tough quarter-mile climb to the Keyhole. Entering Class 3 climbing, the trail crosses the breath-taking northern slope Ledges into the Trough, then into the legendary sidewalk-sized (read: exposed) Narrows, then scrambles up the Homestretch to the summit. Start time 3:00 am.

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About Longs Peak

Longs Peak is known as the monarch of Rocky Mountain National Park, majestic at 14,255’. From its football field-sized summit, a 200-mile, 360-degree panoramic view is possible. You may see Pikes Peak 100 miles to the south, Medicine Bow Range north in Wyoming, the Continental Divide to the west, plains to the east, and Chasm Lake 2500 feet below. At many points along the way, the Longs Peak Trail offers stunning vistas making for several worthy destinations. Rest stations will be set up at the Chasm Junction and the Boulderfield.


Directions to Longs Peak Trailhead

Take Highway 7 south from Estes Park for 7.5 miles. Turn right (east) to the trailhead .95 miles. Limited parking is available at the trailhead though it fills up by 5am. Additional parking along the road. There is no park fee for entry to this trailhead. There is no park entry fee for this trailhead.


5 Lake Loop: Bear-Helene-Odessa-Fern-Cub (10,662’ max) 12.5 miles, 3,336’ total elevation gain. Strenuous.


For the been-there-done-Longs bunch, or you just want something besides rocks, here’s a new challenge of endurance with great beauty. Bear Lake, Lake Helene, Odessa Lake, Fern Lake, and Cub Lake are conveniently linked by a well-maintained trail system to form an unforgettable loop – 12.5 miles – through RMNP’s upper-montane and subalpine zones. Begin the journey at from the Bear Lake Tailhead and venture to extreme highs and lows across a range of terrain and ecosystems. Start time: 4:00am.

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Directions to 5 Lake Loop/Bear Lake Trailhead

From the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, continue west about 0.2 miles and turn south on Bear Lake Road. Follow this a little over 9 miles to the large parking lot where Bear Lake Road ends. Park entrance fees required.


Longs Along the Way – Strenuous.


You may select any stop along the Longs Peak Trail on the Keyhole Route. Chasm Lake (11,800’, 8.4 miles rt), the Boulderfield (12,760’, 12 miles rt), the Keyhole ((13,160’ 12.5 miles rt), Mount Lady Washington (13,280’, 8 miles rt) – all are excellent and worthy destinations with views that more than satisfy the eye. Rest stations will be set up at Chasm Junction and the Boulderfield.  Start time 7:00am.

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Directions to Longs Peak Trailhead

Take Highway 7 south from Estes Park for 7.5 miles. Turn right (east) to the trailhead  .95 miles. Limited parking is available at the trailhead though it fills up by 5am. Additional parking along the road. There is no park fee for entry to this trailhead.

Twin Sisters (11,428’) 7.2 miles roundtrip, 2477’ elevation gain. Strenuous.


On the eastern boundary of RMNP, this climb gives you the opportunity to grab two peaks in one shot in a truly Rocky Mountain experience. If marching through lodgepole pines and scrambling from cairn to cairn on scree in the hot sun and wind provoke you to a challenge, this is the climb for you. See Longs Peak, Meeker, Estes Cone, and Estes Park in unparalleled views. Start time 7:00 am.

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Directions to Twin Sisters Trailhead

The Twin Sisters Trailhead is located 5 miles south of Estes Park on Highway 7. There is a large trailhead sign for the turn-off on the east side of Highway 7. Parking is available at the trailhead and along the road. N o park entry fee is required.


Estes Cone – (11,006’) 6.6mi roundtrip, 1606’ elevation gain. Moderate


The trail to Estes Cone begins at the Longs Peak Trailhead then splits off after .5 mile. Hike past aspen groves and a wooden bridge over Inn Brook to the remnants of a log cabin and mine – the old Eugenia Mine site. Pass through Moore Park meadow (think wildflowers) then up to Storm Pass. Switchbacks take you above tree-line to a series of cairns leading to the summit of Estes Cone. A stunning 360* view awaits! See Longs Peak, Meeker, Twin Sisters, Estes Park, Lumpy Ridge, and the Continental Divide. This is the least strenuous of our climbs which includes a summit. Start time 8am.

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Directions to Estes Cone/Longs PeakTrailhead

Take Highway 7 south from Estes Park for 7.5 miles. Turn right (east) to the trailhead  .95 miles. Limited parking is available at the trailhead though it fills up by 5am. Additional parking along the road. There is no park fee for entry to this trailhead.

Calypso Cascade and Ouzel Falls –  (9,366’) 5.4 miles roundtrip (1.8mi one-way to Calypso Cascades, 2.7mi one-way to Ouzel Falls) 866’ elevation gain. Easy/Moderate


On the southern end of the park, the Wild Basin Trailhead is the start of this lovely hike through waterfalls and along rivers (read; tumbling waters everywhere). Grasses, wildflowers, bridges, and a sweeping view of Longs Peak are some of the highlights. Facilities and tables at the trailhead. Some back-country campsites are along the trail. Start time:9:00 am

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Directions to Wild Basin Trailhead

Take Highway 7 south from Estes Park for 12 miles. Pass Meeker Park and look for signs to Wild Basin on the right (east). Park entry fees apply.




Sprague Lake – (88720’) .8 mile, 10’ elevation gain. Easy. Handicap accessible.


A nature delight! All abilities will enjoy a this scenic upper-mountain lake. There are numerous benches and turnoffs along the well-groomed path which provide inspiring, panoramic views of the Continental Divide. See Hallett, Otis, and Taylor peaks rise to the west, brilliant in the morning sunrise.  Anyone wanting to fish will enjoy well-stocked waters and an accessible (albeit often crowded) 13 acre shoreline. The nearby picnic area has restrooms, fire pits, and tables that can accommodate larger groups. A campground is nearby for those wanting to camp overnight. Start time: 9:00am.

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Directions to Trailhead

From the Beaver Meadows Park Entrance, go .25 mile then turn left (south) on Bear Lake Road. Follow this 7 miles to the Sprague Lake turnoff.

*The Lygon Stevens Memorial Climb is a non-guided event. While we try to make your experience a more enjoyable one, you, the participant, are responsible for your own safety, scheduling, and equipment.


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