The temperatures were increasing so I decided to start another season of climbing fourteeners. I picked Grays and Torres as my first of the season. I was already feeling in pretty good shape after doing Humphreys Peak (12,600’) in Arizona that had 3,200 feet of elevation gain.
I reached the trailhead at 7:30 and off I went. There was no wind and the temperatures must have been in the low forties. In other words it was perfect hiking weather. Looking up at the two peaks they were still covered in snow and where the climb really begins it was nothing but snow all the way to the top. I chose to do Grays first then Torres. The trail to the top was a straight shot and wasn’t too bad. The snow at this time was in great condition and after 2 ½ hours from the trailhead I was at the top of Grays.
Did this with Z and Mark Timmerman. Traversed over from Torreys. Having goten a late start, we had a resultingly late summit. The weather was great, though. I think that by the time we left the summit (we probably stayed on top a good hour or 2), it was probably 17.00 or 17.30. We had the strange experience of having a Flight for Life helicopter fly right over us (seen like he was in a big hurry) right at the summit! Great weekend.
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.
Went up Torrey's while all other parites were bailing. Had two high peaks to ourselves.
14er #2, a good hike. Not very difficult.
My first 14er! Classic, basic climb for a 1st.
Beautiful late October climb! Great conditions - snowshoes, enough to ski descend on the east side of Grays for sure
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.
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.
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.