Went up Stephen's Gulch to the top of Grays and then over to Torreys. Nice walk at altitude and much-needed after recently locating to Colorado from sea-level California!
Not an ounce of wind and not a cloud in the sky. I was down by noon and was surprised to see nothing building in the sky for the afternoon.
If you happen to be someone looking for your first 14er, these two are excellent mountains to start on.
Grays / Torreys is supposed to be one of the easiest fourteener bagging experiences. Not if you take the Kelso Ridge! I got a late start (9:30 am) due to the drive from Denver, and tackling that nasty road up from Bakerville in my little Chevy Prizm. Anyway I couldn't resist going up Kelso Ridge since it was such a nice day, and the ridge was calling my name.
Class 4 scrambling on loose scree near the top of this beast. At one point near the top, there's a knife ridge no wider than a couple of inches with precipitous drops toward certain death on either side. Got my attention and got some adrenaline out of me. White knuckle climbing at a couple of spots. Made the peak around 12:30 pm.
A little advice for Kelso: Test every hand hold and every foot hood before planting yourself. Do not attempt to downclimb this ridge if you aren't at least a decent climber.
#5 of 6 fourteeners in 4 days of hiking
Our route took us up two 12,000 footers, Grizzly Peak (a 13er) and finally up Torrey's. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful climb. Awesome views from the top. Mostly just a really long hike but there were some sporty parts along the ridgeline of Grizzly (watch that drop off... it's a doosy!). There was some loose rock heading up towards Torrey's summit as you come out of the saddle. Snow conditions were perfect and we didn't even need crampons. My buddy, Paul Ivaska, and I had the mountains to ourselves that day along with perfect weather. It was my first 14er!
Started up the couloir about 7:50 AM, probably an hour too late. By the time we topped out at 9:30 the upper section was turning to mush. Rockfall is an issue. I wouldn't be in there without a helmet. The right (north) side of the couloir seemed worse.
A fun climb, worth repeating!
Went on a Friday - stood alone on the peak waiting for my friend to catch up and 15 mountains goats popped up one at a time from the steep side. What a delight! One of Colorados prettier 14ers.
great snow climb, 45-50 degree pitch. Conditions soft for this time of year. Snowpack is a bit sketchy, with weak layers, but saw several people skiing down (plan that for next year!)
I was getting some altitude training for the Leadville 100. At the start I met some climbers who had just finished Grays and Torreys and were going over to climb Lincoln, Bross, and Democrat that day also, which I thought was pretty impressive.
The famous knife edge wasn't too bad. Edging around the gendarme before the knife edge was more difficult, so thought I. At any rate, ridge climbs are great, and this was a fun cruise with just a little spice.
Climbed after a cold ascent up Greys. Very quick traverse in between mountains. It began to snow last few feet but finished the climb. No knew snowfall at the time so most was leftover from Spring and safe traveling on. Great mountains to climb on a day off.
Climbed 3 times before but first time VIA Dead Dog. Soloed, up and down in about 6 hours and that was after getting back from a couple of weeks in Hawaii. By the way, the snorkeling in Maui is awsome! But this is a great climb and very enjoyable, easy access and nice and long, solid snow. Watch for slides tho. some one was lifted out of there, having fell in Dead Dog the week after we were there.
Hike from Grays on a very sunny day. Lots of people on the summit of Grays not so many on Torreys. This was my forth 14er.
My first 14er. Saw a mountain goat 100 feet below the summit. Very cool. Great views out over summit county and down to Pikes Peak country
A short walk down and up the saddle afier climbing Grays. Traffic control was needed on the mountain, there were so many people going up and down that day.
I have climbed and skied Torrey's in all seasons. One trip in April to ski the Emperor remains my all time coolest ski descent of a high peak. Over 3000 vertical on some sick terrain.
Great route. Great weather. Great day. It was goat city up there with lots of them all over the place.
Great entry up the Gulch, then a little harder to the saddle, then a little harder to Torreys, a simple pop to Gray's, then down, down, down into my boots on the interminable descent.
First 14er via back of Torrey's then over to Gray's.
This is a good climb for beginers or hikers.
Trip report is here