This was the first of many climbs of Grays. Most climbs were from Stevens Gulch trailhead via the standard route and combined with Torreys. However I have also climbed Grays from Peru drainage and combined with Edwards and Ruby. Another time was from Stevens and combined with Edwards. I have also snowshoed in from I-70 to climb Grays.
I got started at 4pm, finished with the sun and we had a great mountain all to ourselves
Wife, dog and I. Headed up from Horseshoe Basin. We were headed for Edwards, but wife didn't feel good, so she headed back. Dog and I descended south ridge of Grays and went over to Ruby instead.
My first 14er attempt. Got turned away at 13.4k by nasty storm. Started too late in the morning though. Way too many people on this 14er.
Grays was my 2nd fourteener, and I made every mistake there that a beginner possibly could. One time I slept out a blizzard in the mine between Kelso and Torreys (the wheelbarrow and shovel at the back of the mine helped me dig out the next day), another time I had a whole layer of snow collapse (and fortunately not slide) underneath me on the way up Kelso. Teaching yourself about the mountains is full of danger, but fortunately I was able to run the gauntlet of death. Grays still stands in my mind as a mountain that opened my eyes to the high summits of Colorado, and to the joys of summitting in winter.
3rd 14er, dashed up to the summit from the saddle and back down trying to avoid a storm.
Combined with the Kelso ridge on Torreys. Made for a fun day.
Grays was the first 14er I did after moving to Colorado in 2001. It was also the first 14er I did with Odin, my faithful Golden Retriever. Odin went on to hike 16 more 14ers with me. But at Thanksgiving of 2004, Odin passed away at the much too young age of six. This day I was joined by two friends to say goodbye to Odin by scattering his ashes atop Grays.
I had just moved to Colorado, and Grays and Torreys would be my first 14ers since moving here. The day started kind of gray, but didn't look threating. Easily bagged Grays and then headed over to Torreys. And while resting upon the summit it started to spit little balls of sheet. So at that point I started down, and when I got to the saddle between Grays and Torreys it was nearly whiteout conditions. Further down the snow turned to a cold rain. Fortunately I was dressed for the occasion, however many other folks were hiking in cotton sweatshirts, jeans, sneakers and no rain gear. At this point I'm thinking I am going to read about a lot of people who die due to the elements on these mountains.
Torreys as well. A snowstorm hit while on the mountain and lasted till the next day which limited the hiking options for the rest of the week.
Great hike with Kelly. Summited Torreys and Grays in good time. Beautiful fall colors!
Started my hike at 4:30 am. Sumitted Torreys Peak pretty early and then continued up to Grays Peak summit. I was getting ready to head down when I met Ed Viesturs on his way up to the summit.
Took a couple shots with Ed at the summit and I continued going down to the TH. Foggy day.
Grays Peak: 4,349 m (14,270 ft).
Did the Grays/Torreys combination. Nice day, still snowy packed over most of the area. Lots of post-holing that day, and lots of skiers and snowboarders.
A fine day of climbing solo. Snow made the final 200 ft or so kinda of difficult in approach shoes.
A perfect day of climbing! We started out via Kelso Ridge...made the traverse to Gray's and descended the standard route. On the traverse we saw several Mountain Goats. The only way it would have been better is if there were less people. I was surprised how crowded it was for a Monday.
A successful summit late in the day. Snow flurries and some wind atop, but wonderful views as clouds past. Road to trailhead is deeply rutted, my rental Kia Rio couldn't climb it, so parked at I-70 exit #221 and began. 7hrs total, no daylight left for Torreys Peak, but it's right there! Trail was well maintained, some light post-holing last 1000'. A+ on this 9th tallest 14'er in Colorado for accesibility from Denver, the nice approach, and the close proximity to Torreys Peak.
A very nice trail, it was like a highway up to the top though. I saw a guy propose to his girlfriend up on top. Nice views all around.
Summitted Longs just the day before, which made this climb a little more tiresome. Absolutely beautiful scenery from the gulch. Lots of people! Finally made a summit together with my climbing partner. I was going to do the traverse to Torrey's, but I just wasn't feeling it. Great views and magnificent scenery. Even spotted some mountain goats!