Kelso Mountain Climber's Log

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hgrapid - Jul 18, 2023 8:56 am Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2023

Lots of mountain goats  Sucess!

Most everyone was headed to Grays and Torreys. I was one of two people I saw attempting Kelso. Lots of mountain goats on the slopes.


chicagotransplant - Dec 28, 2020 7:49 am Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2020

Southeast Slopes  Sucess!

Solo, road was well packed out as was the summer trail on Grays/Torreys approach. Left trail and went right up a dry spur of the southeast slopes.


cascadescrambler - Jul 26, 2019 8:58 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 1987

Kelso Mountain  Sucess!

Part of a three-fer with Torreys and Grays


habaceeba - May 20, 2019 7:34 am Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2017

Kelso  Sucess!

My god! The crowds! And morons carrying speakers blasting country music! Until the turn up Kelso.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jun 18, 2018 7:25 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2018

quick run on the way home from Denver  Sucess!

quick run up the mountain from Steven's Gulch, short and great views of Gray's and Torrey's, some mountain goats on the slopes of Kelso.


BradBartick - Jul 9, 2016 8:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2016

North ridge from red mine building  Sucess!

With Michelle. This is the ridge that basically extends directly from the summit due north. When you are on the bridge over I-70 and staring towards Kelso, the ridge is 100% visible from here. Take the Grays road but take the right turn that heads SW next to a small parking area. When you get to a couple of old buildings, take the left fork. About 200 yards later, left fork again, then left again shortly after. Park at the mine. The start is a bushwhack through steep terrain directly above an old mine building painted red. ~3000 feet gain, but I started way below the mine. Wander through steep terrain and trees. Above treeline, aim left for the sort of start of the ridge. We crossed a steep meadow, maybe 35+ degrees. Once on the ridge, enjoy. A couple 3rd class moves maybe, maybe not, and not exposed but the ridge is still pretty sweet. Way better than the other listed routes. Saw 6 goats total. The ridge tops out right at the summit cairn. Descended into Grizzly Gulch, another bushwhack descent but stayed left of the steep creek. Follow the road in the basin back to your car. I would say more but would not want to rob you of your adventure, lads.


rmjwinters - Mar 27, 2016 8:24 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2016

Winter/Spring climb  Sucess!

Snowshoes, microspikes, ground blizzards and 70-80 mph winds on the ridge. It made for an interesting day.

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Sep 8, 2015 9:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2015

Away from the crowds  Sucess!

Got the mountain all to ourselves. Nice day!. We saw mountain goats and marmots!

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Oct 26, 2014 6:21 pm Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2014

Biked and Climbed  Sucess!

Biked from I-70 up to Stevens Gulch TH, then hiked/climbed up to the summit.


telemarkdude - Sep 26, 2014 6:54 pm Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2014

South Slopes  Sucess!

Nice to break away from the hordes on Grays and Torreys. Except for the two mountain goats, we had the peak to ourselves.

Climbing Jack

Climbing Jack - Jul 21, 2014 9:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2014

Avoiding the crowds  Sucess!

Headed up the east slopes from the trail. Saw no one else on the peak.


DanielL - Oct 9, 2013 1:08 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2012

Great climb  Sucess!

Climbed from Torreys-Kelso saddle and continued to climb the connecting ridge to Torreys and then Grays. Kelso is a fun mountain that provides some solitude in a generally crowded area.


jfulcher - Aug 15, 2013 9:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2013

Early Evening  Sucess!

South slope.


Kiefer - May 9, 2013 3:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011

East slopes  Sucess!

Took my sister and a co-worker up this. My sister who isn't an 'outdoor enthusiast' was laughingly scared. Took the east ridge down.
Good views.


nickkarl - Nov 3, 2012 4:45 pm Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2012

Stephens Gulch TH  Sucess!

Hiked with Craig from Stephens Gulch TH. Steep depending on the route, cold and windy but a beautiful day.


MattK - Sep 10, 2012 8:37 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2012

Trifecta  Sucess!

The wife and I went up Kelso Ridge to Torreys, then on to Grays, and finished up with an ascent of Kelso. Goodness it was nice to have the seclusion of Kelso's summit.


theREALCarpeDM - Jul 23, 2012 2:13 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012

Kelso Ridge + Mtn  Sucess!

Went up Kelso Ridge for Natalie's celebration. Then Valerie and I followed the standard route back to the start of Kelso Ridge, turned 180 degrees and climbed the ridge to Kelso Mtn. First ~300 feet are fun, easy scrambling, then it becomes mainly tundra.

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Jul 17, 2012 2:55 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012

Nice scramble and hike  Sucess!

Hiked and scrambled from Stevens Gulch TH. Nice views of Torreys and Grays Peaks!

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Jul 15, 2012 5:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012

South Ridge  Sucess!

Stuck fairly true to the ridge for good scrambling - who the heck wants to opt for side-stepping in scree? :-). Weather held nicely. Only one other party on the mountain.

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Mar 11, 2012 7:28 pm Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2012

Solitude  Sucess!

Nice solo hike, short but nice.

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