4th 14er. Perfect sunny day. Not too hot, not too cold. No wind.
My first 14er.
up kelso ridge then down grays' standard route. fun lollipop.
Lifted off from Palm Springs at 8:30 pm. Landed In Denver at 10:30. Got to the hotel in Georgetown around 2:00 a.m. Woke up at 4:00 hit the trail by 5:15 am. Managed to summit both Grays and Torreys. Not certain if it was lack of sleep or the altitude, but it was a tough day.
Ascent via Kelso Ridge (tons of fun). Linked up Grays and descended via North Slopes.
Got to the parking lot at 5:30 and it was full, parked a few hundred feet below by the side of the road. Steady climb with lots of people on the trial and summit. Skipped Torrey's because of clouds and time.
Climbed this one first with my dog in 2.5 hours to summit. Then about 45 minutes to Torreys. Total time for the day was 5 hours.
07/15 w/Cory Martin
Via Torrey's and Kelso Ridge
First CO 14er of many
After some fresh snow the night before, I had the area to myself. Was able to follow the trail most of the time, but lost it occasionally due to snow drifts. Super windy up high made for quite the adventure. Blue skies and beautiful. Parked about a mile below the summer trailhead. 8 hours round trip for both peaks. Trip Report
There were many people on the mountain this day. One guy from the midwest was carrying a jacket in a plastic grocery store bag. Every mountain is different every day. We live in a world of continual change. In good weather, Grays can be an easy climb. With wind and snow, it is more challenging.
Great hike up. Lots of snow, gorgeous!
Started around 7AM. Was able to make it all the way to trailhead. There was a few inches of snow on the road, however. Did the standard combo route by ascending Gray's first then crossing the saddle to Torrey's. Followed a separate trail down from the bottom of saddle. No need for snowshoes. Did not bring crampons, but would have been nice on a few sections. LOTS of wind on the saddle and Torrey's summit. Back at car around 2PM.
Climbed both Grays and Torreys by Kelso ridge. Parking lot was full by about 4am on a Saturday. Had the mountain to ourselves the entire way up Kelso ridge, but could see the lines of people heading up the standard route. Kelso ridge was a blast, had a little route finding mishap near the top and managed to somehow completely circumnavigate the knife edge. Once at the top of Torreys it was crowds of people all the way to Grays and down. Lots of snow in late August made for some slippery conditions from all the packed snow. 500+ people on the mountain made for some traffic jams on the way down.
Originally attempted a summit during March - DO NOT attempt to climb this mountain during March unless you have at least SOME climbing experience. The road to the base was impassable by car and added an extra 4 miles to the trip. My family had to turn around only a mile up the mountain (granted we're from Oklahoma, so we're not the most experienced mountaineers).
That being said it was a very easy climb in August - my very inexperienced family managed to make it up and down in a couple of hours. It was relatively crowded the entire way up, but the hike itself was very fun. I was able to walk over and bag torrey's peak as well - I got down the mountain maybe an hour after the rest of my family.
A great day. Pretty easy hike considering I came from sea level. 6th fourteener to date.
After having climbed Mt. Sneffels and Crag Crest the days before, the views around Torrey's and Gray's were less impressive, but still a pretty fun climb up Kelso ridge to Torreys and down via normal route on Gray's.
Snow and fog, but not too bad.