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 Peak:  Grays Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  farside
 Date of Information:  10/20/2012
 Date Posted:  11/02/2012
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Road was easy to drive up, light snow in some areas but easily accessible. Camped overnight and it was only a little windy but chilly down to around 34 F. The trail was a little snowy and icy in the basin. From the small ridge after passing the kiosk to close to the summit of Greys the trail was largely covered in snow, we had donned our microspike then making the travel alot easier. Was windy (gusts up to 20 knots) when going up to the split that would either take you to either Torreys or Greys but for the most part seemed to be protected from the majority of the wind by the summit. When going up Torreys once you pass over to the saddle the wind hits you full force for constant 25+ knots with strong gusts up to high 30's. Your able to avoid the snow on Torreys only in a small portion of the saddle but after that the trail is covered in snow till the summit. Greys trail is snowy till you get to within 50 ft of summit. Microspikes and trekking poles highly recommended but not necessary. Windy and very cold, summit temp ~25 F. Not many people out on Saturday, saw maybe 40 as compared to this past Feb when I saw over 100 in a lot snowier conditions.
Let me know if you have any questions about conditions and hopefully I can be helpful.
Happy Hiking.




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