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ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch Date Climbed: 80's and July 16, 2001  Sucess!

Colonelpyat

I've climbed this one four or five times, usually along with Torreys. The most memorable was a trip during a freak storm that was dropping enough snow to cause widespread sluffing and rockfall on McClellan Mountain. We probably should have turned around.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 5:20 am

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Steven's Gulch and Horseshoe Basin Date Climbed: Summer 1994, 2001  Sucess!

mtnhiker13

I have climbed Grays twice, once up Steven's Gulch and once from Horseshoe Basin. Although Horseshoe Basin is the more direct shorter steeper route, you will miss the wonderful wildflowers of Steven's Gulch. Pick a wet year to do the Gulch trail and you won't be dissappointed.
Posted Dec 27, 2002 8:33 am

zzrilRoute Climbed: Torrey's N. Ridge Date Climbed: April 1990  Sucess!

zzril

Went up Torrey's while all other parites were bailing. Had two high peaks to ourselves.
Posted Nov 22, 2002 12:21 pm

granddeityRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 10, 2002  Sucess!
14er #2, a good hike. Not very difficult.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 10:54 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch Date Climbed: August 15, 2002  Sucess!

rob_runkle

My first 14er! Classic, basic climb for a 1st.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 8:19 am

climberkjpRoute Climbed: Horseshoe Basin Date Climbed: October 26, 2002  Sucess!

climberkjp

Beautiful late October climb! Great conditions - snowshoes, enough to ski descend on the east side of Grays for sure
Posted Oct 27, 2002 10:15 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

rmjwinters

The biggest hazard IS getting bitten by a dog! Plenty of people.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 2:17 pm

AndyRoute Climbed: Stephens Gulch Date Climbed: September 21, 2002  Sucess!

Andy

Great hike. It was little windy and cold on the summit. I couldn't drive over the big rutted section of the road with my Saturn SL2, so that added an extra 1.5 miles each way. I tried to bring the wife and dog with me on this one, but they turned back where the tundra gives way to rock. For more details see my trip report. Visit my website for a complete set of my Grays Peak photos: www.leachfam.com.
Posted Sep 23, 2002 11:49 am

jdjordan45Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!

jdjordan45

It was a nice hike with a great view. The coolest thing was that we got really close to some mountain goats. It was also my brother's first 14er.
Posted Sep 20, 2002 2:08 pm

ogonzooRoute Climbed: Up Grays down the Sattle up to Torrys Date Climbed: July 27, 2002  Sucess!

ogonzoo

grays peak was a good hike, my first official 14er. after that i was hooked. to much congestion and tourons on this trail during the weekends.
Posted Sep 19, 2002 8:18 pm

kcmuleRoute Climbed: Stephens Gulch Date Climbed: September 16, 2002  Sucess!

kcmule

What a fun climb! My 3rd 14er (4th-Torreys), hiked with my compadre Anderonious. Easier climb than Bierstadt or Quandary, but still challenging for a relative newcomer like myself. Hiked on a Monday and had 1/2 hour time alone on the summit, and over an hour on Torreys (great weather for a September day!). The views on these peaks are the best I've seen yet; when i'm at the top I just can't figure which is the best direction to look. We could see Evans, Bierstadt, Longs, the Lincoln group, and Pikes, probably more if we knew what to look for. Anyway, highly recommended!
Posted Sep 17, 2002 4:35 pm

odysseusRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch TH route. Date Climbed: Aug. 9, 2002  Sucess!

odysseus

Always enjoyable, despite the crowds. Climbed with Torreys. The 5th of 6 fourteeners over 6 days.
Posted Aug 14, 2002 2:07 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: From Torreys by Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: July 26 2002  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Crowded but very easy trail. Climbed both peaks in about 4 hours, including 44 minutes from Grays to the Stevens Gulch trailhead. Saw a woman running uphill near the Kelso Ridge turnoff and again near the same spot 3 hours later as I came down, as she started her second lap up Grays-Torreys.
Posted Jul 27, 2002 8:21 am

bpsRoute Climbed: Stephens Gulch Date Climbed: July 4, 2000  Sucess!
I had just moved to Colorado 2 weeks prior and wanted to get out for a little exercise and altitude. Fun walk up the trail and then over to Torrey's. Dead Dog Couloir looks like a great climb in late Spring -- will have to come back!
Posted Jul 21, 2002 12:17 pm

charles97Route Climbed: From Torreys via Kelso Ridge Date Climbed: June 22, 2002  Sucess!

charles97

I agree with Darrin below. After the class 4 scramble up Kelso to Torreys, Grays is pretty easy. Had to bag it while I'm here though since I'm not a CO resident. I'm not as cynical about the crowd on Grays. Met some really cool people. A nice lady named Tracy from Littleton hiked down with me and took the time to explain all about the wildflowers along the way. Saw a beautiful mountain goat. Had some light snow flurries fall from clear and sunny skies. Awesome day in the mountains.



Summitted at 13:15, sixth solo 14'er in 4 days.
Posted Jul 15, 2002 5:03 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Stephens Gulch Date Climbed: July 30, 1994  Sucess!

wayneaflick

A great trail to the summit. I was too hung over to do Torreys. It was a good thing too since I got caught in a bad hail storm on the way down Grays.
Posted Jun 17, 2002 11:51 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Standard route Date Climbed: June 2, 2000  Sucess!
Did this on a weekday. Lots of snow and sunshine. Scooted over to Torreys also.
Posted Jun 3, 2002 9:26 am

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Stevens Gulch Date Climbed: Aug 10 1995  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Also Torreys.
Posted May 19, 2002 4:17 pm

NHFoursRoute Climbed: Stephen's Gulch Date Climbed: July 10, 2001  Sucess!
My first Fourteener! On the way down saw a mountain goat that was basking in the sun near the Rascal, it did not seem to care about the hordes of hikers and their dogs who passed close by.
Posted Apr 6, 2002 8:19 am

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: Traverse from Torreys Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!

darinchadwick

After the Kelso ridge on Torreys peak, Grays peak seemed like a cute little hill. Met the typical crowd on the summit. Old geezers in knickers (and still kicking some serious hiking A__), dreadlocked granolas from Boulder smoking dope, tourists from Florida who had to summit something, little kiddies drinking from plastic thermos bottles, People who just blew their REI divedend on ultra awesome hiking clothes and trekking poles, etc. etc. I felt like I was in a "Where's Waldo?" picture. There must have been 50 people on the summit, God knows how many on the trail. Hey it's all good, at least they were outside, and not watching TV.

Posted Apr 3, 2002 7:40 am

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