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?
Took the opportunity to climb Grays and Torreys from Stephens Gulch TH during a warm spell lasting past the weekend. Still quite windy and cold on the summits and saddle between the two peaks. Post-holeing through knee-deep drifts at times with a good bit of snow and ice present on the final pitches. A blast!
Only one on the trail - a rarity for Grays!
Summitted Grays after Torreys on a day hike as part of my friends bachelor party. The road was too rough for our car, but we hiked from the road just below the first major washout.
Crossed from Torreys. Fast & fun combo!
Great day, great hike. My 11 year old accomplished #2. For Grays and Torreys it took a relaxed 7 1/2 hrs...willows turning and aspen turning. It was great.David
Probably could have driven, but hiked up from the interstate to make it a fair fight. There should be a law against summit cell phone use.
I've climbed Grays Peak several times, usually in combination with Torreys. Although Grays is a very popular and busy mountain, it is still enjoyable and recommended.
Kelso ridge,up torrys, then over to grays. NICE DAY!
I climbed this one solo. Nice day strait forward easy trail. Rough drive up from I-70 on the dirt road. Followed up by summiting Torreys via the saddle. Again easy and straigt forward.
The approach road was a real challenge for my motorcycle. I only made it up half way and then hitchhiked the rest. Spent the night just above the tree line in Stevens Gulch. Moments after I got into my tent, there was a major hail storm. The next morning I did Torreys first and then Grays. See my Trip Report about doing seven 14ers in eight days.