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BradBartickNorth ridge from red mine building  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2016


With Michelle. This is the ridge that basically extends directly from the summit due north. When you are on the bridge over I-70 and staring towards Kelso, the ridge is 100% visible from here. Take the Grays road but take the right turn that heads SW next to a small parking area. When you get to a couple of old buildings, take the left fork. About 200 yards later, left fork again, then left again shortly after. Park at the mine. The start is a bushwhack through steep terrain directly above an old mine building painted red. ~3000 feet gain, but I started way below the mine. Wander through steep terrain and trees. Above treeline, aim left for the sort of start of the ridge. We crossed a steep meadow, maybe 35+ degrees. Once on the ridge, enjoy. A couple 3rd class moves maybe, maybe not, and not exposed but the ridge is still pretty sweet. Way better than the other listed routes. Saw 6 goats total. The ridge tops out right at the summit cairn. Descended into Grizzly Gulch, another bushwhack descent but stayed left of the steep creek. Follow the road in the basin back to your car. I would say more but would not want to rob you of your adventure, lads.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 8:20 pm

rmjwintersWinter/Spring climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2016


Snowshoes, microspikes, ground blizzards and 70-80 mph winds on the ridge. It made for an interesting day.
Posted Mar 27, 2016 8:24 pm

Boriss AndeanAway from the crowds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2015

Boriss Andean

Got the mountain all to ourselves. Nice day!. We saw mountain goats and marmots!
Posted Sep 8, 2015 9:47 am

Boriss AndeanBiked and Climbed  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2014

Boriss Andean

Biked from I-70 up to Stevens Gulch TH, then hiked/climbed up to the summit.
Posted Oct 26, 2014 6:21 pm

telemarkdudeSouth Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2014


Nice to break away from the hordes on Grays and Torreys. Except for the two mountain goats, we had the peak to ourselves.
Posted Sep 26, 2014 6:54 pm

Climbing JackAvoiding the crowds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2014

Climbing Jack

Headed up the east slopes from the trail. Saw no one else on the peak.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 9:36 pm

DanielLGreat climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2012


Climbed from Torreys-Kelso saddle and continued to climb the connecting ridge to Torreys and then Grays. Kelso is a fun mountain that provides some solitude in a generally crowded area.
Posted Oct 9, 2013 1:08 pm

jfulcherEarly Evening  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2013


South slope.
Posted Aug 15, 2013 9:03 pm

KieferEast slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011


Took my sister and a co-worker up this. My sister who isn't an 'outdoor enthusiast' was laughingly scared. Took the east ridge down.
Good views.
Posted May 9, 2013 3:48 pm

nickkarlStephens Gulch TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2012


Hiked with Craig from Stephens Gulch TH. Steep depending on the route, cold and windy but a beautiful day.
Posted Nov 3, 2012 4:45 pm

MattKTrifecta  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2012


The wife and I went up Kelso Ridge to Torreys, then on to Grays, and finished up with an ascent of Kelso. Goodness it was nice to have the seclusion of Kelso's summit.
Posted Sep 10, 2012 8:37 am

theREALCarpeDMKelso Ridge + Mtn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012


Went up Kelso Ridge for Natalie's celebration. Then Valerie and I followed the standard route back to the start of Kelso Ridge, turned 180 degrees and climbed the ridge to Kelso Mtn. First ~300 feet are fun, easy scrambling, then it becomes mainly tundra.
Posted Jul 23, 2012 2:13 am

Boriss AndeanNice scramble and hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012

Boriss Andean

Hiked and scrambled from Stevens Gulch TH. Nice views of Torreys and Grays Peaks!
Posted Jul 17, 2012 2:55 am

Sarah SimonSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012

Sarah Simon

Stuck fairly true to the ridge for good scrambling - who the heck wants to opt for side-stepping in scree? :-). Weather held nicely. Only one other party on the mountain.
Posted Jul 15, 2012 5:04 pm

SenadRSolitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2012


Nice solo hike, short but nice.
Posted Mar 11, 2012 7:28 pm

thatnissanguyWinter's a comin! Maybe? Hopefully soon?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2011


Supposedly this was a coveted "winter" ascent. Less snow now than there was in November! Weather moved in at the trailhead. Climbed, summited, and descended in a white out.
Posted Jan 7, 2012 7:40 pm

metalmountainCombo woth Torrey's  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011


Snagged this lovely peak on the way to Torrey's via Kelso Ridge.
Posted Jul 24, 2011 12:18 am

chicagotransplantWinter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2011


Great winter climb, Torreys Peak looks great in winter from this viewpoint! Although a warm and sunny day, the winds were just ripping and blowing snow all around.
Posted Feb 14, 2011 10:39 am

shanahan962010 snow season  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2010


started preping for winter 2010-11 with a climb up kelso w/jim. an interesting day, one we'll never forget.

Posted Dec 1, 2010 8:42 pm

shknbkeSouth ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009


Made a big loop on a bluebird day by going up the south ridge of Kelso, across Kelso Ridge to Torreys, over to Grays, down the south ridge of Grays to Ruby. Long day but avoided the huge masses of people on the trail. Some fun scrambling on the lower portion of the south ridge of Kelso. Don't skirt the buttress on the Grizzly Gulch side. Too loose!
Posted Aug 10, 2009 9:29 pm

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