Kelso Mountain Climber's Log

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BradBartick

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

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

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

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

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

Early Evening  Sucess!

South slope.

Kiefer

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

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

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

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.

SenadR

SenadR - Mar 11, 2012 7:28 pm Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2012

Solitude  Sucess!

Nice solo hike, short but nice.

thatnissanguy

thatnissanguy - Jan 7, 2012 7:40 pm Date Climbed: Jan 7, 2011

Winter's a comin! Maybe? Hopefully soon?  Sucess!

Supposedly this was a coveted "winter" ascent. Less snow now than there was in November! Weather moved in at the trailhead. Climbed, summited, and descended in a white out.

metalmountain

metalmountain - Jul 24, 2011 12:18 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2011

Combo woth Torrey's  Sucess!

Snagged this lovely peak on the way to Torrey's via Kelso Ridge.

chicagotransplant

chicagotransplant - Feb 14, 2011 10:39 am Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2011

Winter  Sucess!

Great winter climb, Torreys Peak looks great in winter from this viewpoint! Although a warm and sunny day, the winds were just ripping and blowing snow all around.

shanahan96

shanahan96 - Dec 1, 2010 8:42 pm Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2010

2010 snow season  Sucess!

started preping for winter 2010-11 with a climb up kelso w/jim. an interesting day, one we'll never forget.

jamie

shknbke

shknbke - Aug 10, 2009 9:29 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009

South ridge  Sucess!

Made a big loop on a bluebird day by going up the south ridge of Kelso, across Kelso Ridge to Torreys, over to Grays, down the south ridge of Grays to Ruby. Long day but avoided the huge masses of people on the trail. Some fun scrambling on the lower portion of the south ridge of Kelso. Don't skirt the buttress on the Grizzly Gulch side. Too loose!

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