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.
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!
Always enjoyable, despite the crowds. Climbed with Torreys. The 5th of 6 fourteeners over 6 days.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Did this on a weekday. Lots of snow and sunshine. Scooted over to Torreys also.
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.
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.
Very cold summit day. Saw a mountain goat and was going to attempt Northwest Face II but too much snow. Fun climb that was fairly easy. Started at 7 am and was back around 12pm.
If you have a hankering for snow climbing, Lost Rat is a great beginner climb, jump on the ridge and head to the summit. Best in June/July and very obvious.
or join the herds to the top on the standard route and meet MANY new friends. Carry an ice axe and get alot of questons and funny looks too, its great!
Hiked to the summit with my friend Greg and found lots of people resting on top. This was our second attempt on Grays as the first attempt we ran into a nasty weather system. This was my third 14er.
Me and my sis started the hike up the trail at 7:15 in the morning and got to the top of the summit about three hours later. I must say I was proud of my first 14'r. I am not much of a hiking person like my sister but managed to stay right with her. (She climbed three other summits the week before.) Anyway it was a great hike and took about 5 hours to complete after having a snack on the summit and talking to fellow hikers.
Grays was my 1st fourteener. My partner and I hit the trail before day break at 6:30 and soon met several other climbers on their way down from watching the sunrise. It was hard to believe how many people were on the mountain that day, there must have been at least a hundred. Sucked air to the summit of Grays and then across the saddle to Torreys. Came off Torreys and crossed Grays above the snow field lying below the saddle. Back at the TH at 2:30. Aside from all the company on the hike, it was a great start that got me hooked on 14ers.
4WD road was pretty fun...beautiful high basin below the two peaks!
This peak makes a great winter snow slog for those looking for backcountry turns.
A little jump over from Torrey's. But the descent to the southwest was a killer on the feet.