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.
2:20 up, 1:30 down.
Cool hike. Had to park a ways down the road due to huge rocks and potholes-- it made for a long hike, but I got good use out of my microspikes for the first time. I climbed Grays on a separate hike a couple years ago because I like to gain 3,000 ft for each and every 14er summit.
Climbed up Dead Dog and then skied down Emperor. Wanted the longer descent, Emperor had about 3000' of continuous snow. Fun route and would do it again.
Climbed Grays and walked over to Torreys. Added another half hour to the climb at best.
fun mildly technical climb in winter.
Great hike. Cool temperatures and sunny skies the whole way. Saw a mountain goat on one of the cliffs.
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 and down via Gray's.
After Grays in the fog and snow, the clouds parted for this summit.
Did this one along with Grays. Followed the standard route up the Grays Peak Trail to Grays, then over to Torreys and back down. Great day!
Though it looks like a harder peak from the trail, i would definitely say Grays was the tougher of the 2.
Got the summit on my 2nd try. Hiked from I-70 since I did not have a high clearance vehicle. Great views.
Although a Friday, the trails were covered with people, their dogs, and children.
Nice hike from Grays. Crowds weren't bad.
Weather wasn't looking promising, but we got lucky. Despite a bad forecast, there were 50 people on the summit on this particular Sunday. All college-aged; I suppose more experienced hikers stayed home after checking the weather.
Kelso Ridge was a great class 3.
Edwards, Grays and Torreys together from Stevens Gulch trailhead solo. Road open and clear (might change with snow in the forecast!). Lower trail dry, but snow packed up higher, traction can come in handy.
Went up Kelso and down the normal route. Saw a family of goats at around 13,000 ft. Nice day with summer conditions.
After descending Grays...hiked up Torreys, grabbed the summit, and headed back. Easy round trip. Almost 5 hours exactly for both. 2h to Grays, 1h 30m back from Torreys. Toss a few more 14ers on the pile.
Via Kelso Ridge