Homestretch is a section of the Key Hole Route hiking trail that travels from the Key Hole Notch to Longs Peak. The hiking trail is found in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. This classic trail to the summit is known as the Homestretch and a trail in which hikers flock to from all over the world. The Rocky Mountains deliver some fine hiking opportunities but during the summer months the hike along Key Hole Notch to Longs Peak is one of the most coveted hiking trails. The climb is highly technical and only experienced hikers should attempt to climb Homestretch.
During the winter months the trail is closed due to slippery and wet conditions. After August, if there is an early snowfall the route may be wet or icy. It is best to tackle this climb in the summer months when weather is dry and accommodating.
The Homestretch portion of the trail is rated a Class 3 and no rope is required, but only when the trail is dry. When wet with snow or rain, the trail can become treacherous. Climbers and hikers are advised by the ranger station to start out on the trail in the early morning, approximately 6 am, to ensure the hike is completed before dusk.