07/15 w/Cory Martin
Via Kelso Ridge
It was remarkable how much easier it was ascending from the saddle to Torreys compared to just the last couple hundred feet of Grays. I guess it takes some shocking your body to the altitude for it to not hate you every step.
The start of an addiction for me! I finished all of the Colorado 14ers 13 months after climbing Torreys Peak.
After some fresh snow the night before, I had the area to myself. Was able to follow the trail most of the time, but lost it occasionally due to snow drifts. Super windy up high made for quite the adventure. Blue skies and beautiful. Parked about a mile below the summer trailhead. 8 hours round trip for both peaks. Trip Report
Kimberly and I hiked Torreys Peak, a Colorado 14er. As expected, it was very crowded, but still a nice hike anyway. We saw four marmots and many pikas. This was Kimberly's first 14er since her heart surgery, so we didn't do Grays.
Great day to climb two Fourteeners. Did the Grays & Torreys combo. If you look to north and west, you can see Mount Sniktau. Spectacular climb. Happy Trails!
Great hike. Lots of snow, microspikes necessary. Had a great glissade down from the middle of the bowl between the mountains!
Started around 7AM. Was able to make it all the way to trailhead. There was a few inches of snow on the road, however. Did the standard combo route by ascending Gray's first then crossing the saddle to Torrey's. Followed a separate trail down from the bottom of saddle. No need for snowshoes. Did not bring crampons, but would have been nice on a few sections. LOTS of wind on the saddle and Torrey's summit. Back at car around 2PM.
Nice day with my son.
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!