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.
Part of a three-fer with Torreys and Grays
My god! The crowds! And morons carrying speakers blasting country music! Until the turn up Kelso.
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.
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.
Snowshoes, microspikes, ground blizzards and 70-80 mph winds on the ridge. It made for an interesting day.
Got the mountain all to ourselves. Nice day!. We saw mountain goats and marmots!
Biked from I-70 up to Stevens Gulch TH, then hiked/climbed up to the summit.
Nice to break away from the hordes on Grays and Torreys. Except for the two mountain goats, we had the peak to ourselves.
Headed up the east slopes from the trail. Saw no one else on the peak.
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.
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.
Hiked with Craig from Stephens Gulch TH. Steep depending on the route, cold and windy but a beautiful day.
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.
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.
Hiked and scrambled from Stevens Gulch TH. Nice views of Torreys and Grays Peaks!
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.
Nice solo hike, short but nice.
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.