|Peak:||Grays Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Grays and Torreys|
|Date of Information:||06/02/2012|
Set out just after 6AM from the trailhead. Expected thunderstorms to move in around noon. We had a first time climber with us and our pace was slower than expected which left us on the descent at about 12000 ft when the first thunderstorm rolled over. As we were descending, it started snowing and thundering but to my astonishment, people were still heading up the trail at noon (some in sneakers). I'm no expert but I don't want to take my chances in thunderstorms at 14000 feet. Overall, the trail up Grays is almost clear of snow as well as the saddle and ridge up to Torreys. Most of the snow can be completely avoided and the weather was great until just before noon. Also, we watched 3 groups of skiers descend the couloirs on Torreys. The coverage looked good but seemed to be pretty soft by about 10 am.