started preping for winter 2010-11 with a climb up kelso w/jim. an interesting day, one we'll never forget.
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!
5/14/09 - Parked around 10,700 ft on the Stevens Gulch Road and utilized the avy chute on the north side of the mountain. Very efficient route in the spring - 2400 ft in 1 mile!
3/14/12 - Loop over Ganley, McClellan, Edwards & Kelso from Bakerville.
Climbed this with my 7 year old son and a climbing partner Larry. Larry wanted more and climbed the Kelso Ridge to Torreys.
Lacking guidebooks, or anything else, thought we were on Grays/Torreys. Oops! Returned the following weekend to climb the "right peaks!" Anyway - we got a summit!
It was on this hike I met MountainHikerette. She had just moved to Colorado and already knew she wanted to climb all the fourteeners. She was on her way up Grays via Stevens Gulch. A friend & I were doing Kelso. We exchanged information. I had already climbed all the fourteeners. I got to do all of them again! We returned to Kelso on 8-26-01. On 6-30-07 we climbed Kelso again as part of the Dexter search party. http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=7091
I checked local avalanche forecasts to be sure the danger was low before climbing Kelso. Halfway up, I heard a loud "thunk" as the top snow layer collapsed under my weight. Luckily, there was no sliding. The "thunk" was loud enough to scare the @#$% out of me, though. I continued on to the summit, then slid on my butt down the whole slope. Kelso has an awesome no-worry run-out.
Summiting Kelso just happened! I was only trying to get up high above the Stevens Gulch trail to get a better view of the trail to Grays, not knowing that a named summit was above. Boy was I surprised! Sign-in register and everything.
Nice climb on night of full moon.
Climbed Kelso Ridge to Torrey's summit. Trail ran back down into the valley to Kelso NW Ridge solo. I made this route as hard as I could. It is possible to make it 4th class. Lots of loose rock. From summit, descended s. slopes. Ran back to car all in about 5 hours.
Climbed Kelso with Ben on a great day. We ascended the Goatfinger coulouir on Edwards, went over to McClellan and then all the way over to Kelso to have a nice afternoon nap on the summit.
So, not having a car, and wanting to climb...I rode my bike from Boulder, climbed some unnamed couloir on Kelso's west face (I believe it is the one with the visible stream on the topo), summited Kelso, followed Kelso Ridge to Torreys, traversed to Grays, and glissaded down. Great trip! Although, riding with gear is pretty arduous!
Flew in from Chicago Friday night and slept at the TH. Parked just past the old saw mill on Saturday morning, snowshoed in and camped below the mine shack. Climbed Kelso Mountain in the afternoon as a warm-up for Torreys Peak. Woke up early and climbed the Dead Dog Couloir on Torreys the following day. The South Ridge is a fun easy hike with great views of Kelso Ridge on Torreys.
Made it up Kelso by 7 a.m., thinking it was Gray's! Oh well, stil a great day and a great climb in the new front range snow.
Climbed this peak after being turned back from Edwards/McClellan by fog and icy conditions. Probably would have been a nice view if the summit hadn't been in the clouds.
Climbed via the Torrey's/Kelso saddle. The long ridge was a great little hike, I would recommend this hike to anyone wanting a superb view of Torreys with out the crowds!
Nice finish after Torreys & Grays. A very tranquil summit.
Good warm up for ol' Kelso Ridge on Torreys, or a good half-day hike close to Denver
I snowshoed to the Steven Gulch Trailhead from I-70. Once below the south slopes I was able to stash my snowshoes and trudge up to the summit. Although this peak is easy I underestimated it a little bit! The summit provides a unique perspective to Edwards, Grays, Torreys, Parnassus & Bard Peak. As to be expected, it was just me and the mountain on this beutiful January day (not common for weather as warm as I had).