This photo was taken this afternoon in Boulder from Douglass Elementary School.

Longs Peak may be seen from most of the northern Front Range Urban Corridor, as well as from Longmont, Colorado. It is one of Colorado’s most conspicuous mountains, towering 9,000 feet (2,700 meters) over the Great Plains’ western boundary.

The summit is named for Major Stephen Harriman Long, who is credited with being the first to observe the Front Range on June 30, 1820, while on a government-sponsored expedition.

Mount Meeker, which is close by and has an elevation of 13,911 feet, is frequently referred to as the Twin Peaks (not to be confused with a nearby lower mountain called Twin Sisters).

Longs Peak