Came over from a cloudy & cold Torreys but by the time we made it to Grays the sun was coming out. Cool watching the wind blow clouds right up and over the summit and adjacent ridges at pretty amazing speed.
Great non-technical walk up, but the altitude at that elevation gets to you even on easy hikes if you aren't accustomed. Views were amazing. Lots of people up there on a beautiful Sunday morning.
First Fourteener, climbed it with Torreys
It was our 9th anniversary date. Up Kelso to Torrey's, traverse to Gray's...fun and quick...time for Beau-Jo's on the way home! :)
We summited Torreys from Kelso Ridge, then went to Grays. There were a lot of people on the summit, and more coming up. It was pretty windy. We ate lunch, then headed down via the Grays Peak trail. We got back to the cars around 11:30. Lots of people wearing jeans and not carrying much in the way of provisions. Also, we saw several hikers going up as we were returning to the trailhead.
Traversed from Torreys, then continued to Edwards. Nice weather, great views.
Summited from Torreys after doing Kelso Ridge. The scree slog up from the saddle was really boring. I don't think I would have ever done Grays if I wasn't already on top of Torreys via a pretty cool route.
Was a busy Monday on the mountain, parking lot full before 8 am...but what a view!!! Also went up Torreys!!
Slept at the TH, started around 7:45 and did Greys and Torreys. On the way down, we did an amazing glissade. These were 14ers number 14 and 15 for me. These were also are 8th and 9th 13k+ peak in 3 days. Cool views and an amazing area. Definitely worth the visit.
Had a great day hike with my friend Kara. There was only one other group climbing that day so it was really peaceful compared to the usual summer throngs. Really windy but otherwise a amazing day and our first winter ascent!
The smoke from the California wildfires was thick in the horizon during the 14er hike. I could even smell the smoke!
Climbed several times, skied slopes below saddle, always fantastic. Last route was from Peru Creek
Or Grays and Torreys - whichever you prefer. Tagged this a couple of times; this was the most recent.
This was my first 14er, which I hiked in 1994. After summitting Grays, I continued on to Torreys Peak. I returned for another ascent a few years later.
climbed it with my dad...his first 14er..beautiful day..
From Torreys via Kelso. 2nd 14er ever, after Torreys, loaded with people, took about 20 minutes from Torreys over
Winter ascent of the pair, started at the bottom of the road, but surprisingly it was still drivable for about 2 1/2 miles. The trail is well packed down and snow shoes are not necessary. Yak-trax or mini-spikes may be helpful in a few hardpacked spots, but I didn't use them. Upper part of Grays is pretty dry, skis would be basically worthless.
Summited Torreys and Grays in good time.
2nd time Jun 08, 2013 Nice saturday morning hike, still lot of snow up there.
Made the summit of Torreys and began down the South Face to the cleavage. But did make a pause to look around as we were leaving the summit. I was amazed at looking down how Kelso Mountain looks like it was chopped in half with the North Face missing. And looking way down at the trail we had climbed up, and to the South at the Remarkables. I highly recommend taking a pause on any climb, so you can take it, wrap it, and keep into your memory.
Continued down to the cleavage and picked the cairns up the North Face of Grays. Daniel, one of my team and best friends, was really hurting from altitude sickness but churned thru to the summit. Made the summit at 1200 hrs.
Weather from your typical CO 14'er storms was rolling in so it was not time to leap in joy of our achievements. While trying to ralley our team from the summit, I found our teamate Den just looking off the South side of the summit. He was in his own pause, looking around as if he were a little kid. But it was time to go.
Left the summit at 1230 hrs (way too late for 14'ers) and down the zigzag trail of the East Face. Ran into a lone girl climber on the descent at about 13,000 ft with just a t-shirt/fanny pack and no gear. And the weather was getting worse up high and getting low. Really tried to change her direction but she would not have it. Very upsetting. Got back to the trailhead/car at 1500 hrs with both mountains buried up high with storms. But still wonder to this day about that lone girl climber. Why?