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 Peak:  Grays Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  jsulateskee
 Date of Information:  09/04/2012
 Date Posted:  09/04/2012
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I completed the Grays & Torreys combo yesterday, 9/3/212. We started our drive from Denver at 5:00am and was accompanied by minimal to no traffic. Upon reaching the dirt road we were able to make our way up the dirt road to the parking lot with no problems at all. It is generally recommended to take a 4x4 SUV but we by taking it slow and easy we were able to make it up to the parking lot in my Subaru Impreza. There were some pretty rocky areas that took some navigating skills but no big holes that would pose a threat to a low sitting vehicle. Upon reaching the parking lot at approximately 6:00am there was a moderate size group of people and parking was scarce. By 7:00am most people arriving at the parking lot had to park along the sides of the dirt road and hike a little bit more to reach the beginning of the trail. We were also accompanied with bursts of strong and chilly wind while ascending and on top of both summits (thin gloves and hat/ear protection) is recommended.The trails were clear but took some time due to the amount of people hiking. This also happened during our descent of both peaks. We were able to summit both peaks before 12:00pm and we were met with a slight amount of rain on our way back to the parking lot. On our way back to Denver we experienced some slight traffic delays on I-70. I'd recommend taking alternate routes if possible to avoid any such delays. Overall a great hike and great day.


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