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|2016-08-16||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: The trailhead parking lot was almost full at 5:45am on a Tuesday, so get there early! The weather was brisk but warmed up quickly when the sun came over the mountains. The trail is in great shape, very easy to follow. We summited Grays Peak first with no problems, completely clear weather. We started to come down the trail toward the saddle and some dark clouds started rolling in. We met a few people along the way before our push up to Torreys that said they heard thunder. Keeping a weary eye on the clouds, we pushed up to summit Torreys. It started to snow and then about 1 minute later started hailing. Hearing some more thunder, we rushed down back to the saddle, getting pelted with small hail along the way. Once back to the trail junction, the weather seemed to calm down a bit. The rest of the way down was a mix of snow, rain, and sunshine. Keep a close eye on the clouds on these peaks because the weather changed in minutes.
|2016-08-13||Route: East Slopes
Info: I arrived at trailhead around 10:25 and reached the top around 12:30. Overall, it was a great hike and the weather was magnificent all the way up and all the way down. The road up to the trailhead was packed with cars all the way down the road. Found a spot in the top lot for parking and got really lucky. The road is very rocky and not well maintained, so make sure that your car is either 4WD, or AWD, so that way it is easier to drive up. I have a Subaru outback and it did well on the rocks. Piece of advice though; I would recommend starting out early in the morning because as the day goes on, the trail becomes very crowded. But other than that, great hike and would be a good one to get your feet wet in the adventuring of Colorado 14er's.
|2016-08-06||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: We arrived at the trailhead parking area at 5:15 AM and the two main lots were already full. When we left at 10:45 AM, cars were parked for a mile down the road. Clear trail all the way to Grays and over to Torrey's. Route down from the saddle was also clear of snow. Road conditions up to the trailhead were slippery due to recent rains. Had to activate 4WD twice when traffic stopped and rear wheels slipped on the road. Summit was cloudy with rain, sleet, and moderate 20 mph wind gusts. View cleared up below 13,500 feet. Still fun to summit with non-convective weather!
|2016-08-01||Route: East Slopes
Info: I counted 8 paper or cardboard signs on the summit. If you need to hold up a cardboard sign in your summit photo, don't worry, you're set. If you're hiking with a group of 8, and you all need to hold a sign, you're good. One of the signs included the elevation in meters, so if you don't like imperial units, you'll still be alright. One of the signs was laminated, so if there's a torrential rain storm, that one should still be there. A 9th sign said "Torreys peak", so if you're unsure which mountain you've climbed, you can do an additional photo with that one. I'm hoping that this info can help you go lighter and not carry your own sign up. I've heard that those cardboard things are really heavy, you might get so tired that you have to abandon it on the summit and add it to the pile.
|2016-07-23||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Parked at Route 70 exit 221 before the dirt road started. Started at the trail head at about 7:15 am. Lots of people were there and parking was backed up about 1.5 miles on the road. Great summer conditions. I did Grays first. Water is low and easy to cross. On the way down from Torrey you will cross 100 foot of snow. Well worn trail in the snow.
|2016-07-11||Route: East Slopes
Info: Got in pretty late about 9 in the parking lot on a Monday. There were 30-40 cars around. Weather pretty great in the 50s though gusty up top 30mph. The trail up to grays was clear and dry except for a few rivulets, nothing that will get your feet wet. Still some snow on the path high up coming back from Torreys to Grays but otherwise clear and dry. Fair number of people on the trail, but not bothersome. Lots of wildflowers, really a beautiful hike.
|2016-07-09||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Arrived Saturday morning at 6:00am. The trailhead was very crowded. I suggest arriving earlier if you want a "quieter" start. The road up to the trailhead is quite rough - I wouldn't advise going up to the trailhead in a car with lower clearance, although I did see some that had made it all the way up. The trail all the way up to the summit of Grays was perfect. No issues, no snow. The saddle down and up to Torreys was perfect as well. The return route from Torreys across the face of Grays still has snow that you have to traverse. The snow part is about 100-200 feet long, but there is a packed down path that isn't too bad to cross. If you have water resistant gloves you can steady yourself on the snow to your right as you come down. After the snow portion the trail isn't as clearly marked although you can see where you need to go - this portion of the trail is also quite gravely and rocky and isn't quite stable so take caution as you make your way back to the main trail down Grays. Once you meet up with the original trail it is smooth sailing all the way back to the trailhead.
|2016-06-25||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Hiked on a Saturday. Arrived at upper parking lot around 5:30 a.m. Already full. Had to turn around and park 100 yards down on road. On trail at 5:55 a.m. Temperature was between 55 and 70 all day. Running water on trail in places while walking up from parking lot to base of Grays. Not too bad. I hiked in cross-training tennis shoes. No snow on trail up to Grays. No snow on trail down to saddle to Torreys. No snow on trail up to Torreys. No water on trail between Grays and Torreys. Came back down Torreys and took trail that crosses back to main trail. Had to cross about 130 yards of packed snow. Advise poles for this area, because if you slip you are sliding down steep mountainside into rocks below.
|2016-06-23||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: 4WD trail is clear to upper TH. We made it up with a 2wd Ford Escape (small SUV with decent clearance and street tires) and it was fine - just go slow and be careful with tire placement. Trail is a super-highway the whole way up. Clear of snow until a couple drifts below Grays summit in the basin and higher up on Greys near the top. It had snowed the night before 1 inch or 2, so most of the upper switchbacks we were punching through crunchy snow - but it was actually nice to get off the hard rocks. On the return trail from the saddle theres about 60 yards of side-stepping through snow, be careful its slick and one slice of it has potential for a big slide down. Not worth glissading, btw. Left TH at 5, summitted Greys at 7, 30 minutes over to Torreys which was also dusted with some snow but nothing to worry about (but also not enough to ski, fyi) and back down to the TH by 9. Storms were approaching madly as we were on Torreys so we ran down to avoid hail, rain, lightning, etc - forecasts said it was going to hit at 11 but it hit was coming fast 830/9. We got breakfast in Silverthorne at 930/10 and it was raining solidly on us down there. PSA: Please be careful with lightning, everybody, and start your 14ers EARLY.
|2016-06-21||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Summited Grays and Torreys today. Road to STH is in really good condition. We managed in a Mercedes SUV and there were several cars in the parking lot with less clearance. Got to STH at 6a. Main trail to Grays has a couple really short snow crossings, but nothing that can't be handled in shoes. Summited at 9:30a. There were others on trail and on peak, but not crowded by any means. Took the saddle to Torreys. Again, really no snow at all. On the return, the cut across the face of Grays from the cairn in the saddle has about 100 feet of snow crossing. By the time we were traversing it the sun had softened it up and it was not slick. We managed fine in trail shoes. Regained the STH at 1:30p with lots of time spent on both peaks and no rush on the climb or return.
|2016-06-20||Route: East Slopes
Info: Summited Grays last night. No traction needed, only a few short snow areas to cross. Lots of water on a few sections of the trail.
|2016-06-17||Route: South Ridge
Info: Skied the SE slopes this morning then hiked the south ridge back up and skied the east slopes. SE slopes were great! Snow started a little ways off the summit and went down continuously a little over 1,000 feet to the highest lake. Hiked back up the south ridge, which is completely dry and then skied the east slopes. I climbed Kelso's ridge the 15th and it was pretty much dry except for a couple sections with snow. It was nice to have my ice axe but never took out my crampons. On the 16th a couple of guys skied lost rat couloir (I climbed and skied dead dog but there is a more recent report up). I was thinking about skiing lost rat but as I neared the ridge it was obvious the line wasn't continuous and had lots of debris and a runnel in the middle. From the Mt. Edwards ridge I was able to see a clean line down the SE slopes.
|2016-06-17||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Summer TH accessible with no snow, very bumpy. We drove a jeep compact SUV with ok clearance. I wouldn't have wanted to drive my Kia Spectra up that road. The summer TH parking lot was pretty full on this Friday morning, but we got a spot. Started on the trail at 7:20. Went up the south slope initially on accident, summited Torreys a little after 10, then over to Grays to summit a little after 11. Snow was firm, rarely broke through it (more so as it got later in the day), I'd say it's along less than half the route. I didn't wear spikes because I forgot them, but I wouldn't have used them anyway. Came down on the Gray's and Torrey's route. We were at the car at 2ish. I think it took us longer to get down because of the indirect route. Saw some adorable mountain goats. Blue skies and clear in the morning, with clouds rolling in on our trip down (white fluffy clouds mostly).
|2016-06-16||Route: East Slopes
Info: Trail to the base of Grays has a few spots of snow but easily avoided. East Slope route has a few spots of snow that you will need to cross and in the morning it was fine. There maybe some potholing on the way out but should be short and not a big deal. The traverse from the saddle of G and T has a large snow field that may be in issue on your exit once it warms up.
|2016-06-14||Route: Lost Rat Couloir
Info: Didn't climb it, but here's a distant shot of Lost Rat this morning, taken from the stevens gulch trail. It is difficult to see in the picture, but on our descent, I noticed that there is a ~50' dry patch near the top of the couloir consistent with previous trip reports.
|2016-06-12||Route: East Slopes
Info: Started up from the Winter TH a bit before 6. The road to the summer TH is clear. No spikes necessary - I did it in running shoes, though I did post-hole a lot. A couple of slick spots, but nothing to fret over. Kind of wet and sloppy as the morning wears on.
|2016-06-12||Route: Lost Rat Couloir
Info: Went up the Lost Rat this morning with a group of four. Snow was surprisingly good, but we were there early (apron by 5am, topped out on the couloir by 6:30am or so). Almost continuous snow to the top, with the exception of about a 10-15' section of scree near the top (see picture). Descent down the East Slopes was pretty sloppy above maybe 12k, wouldn't really want to go up or down after about 8am with these temps. No snow on the way to the summer trailhead.
|2016-06-07||Route: East Slopes
Info: Standard route: no snowshoes required with a 6am start yesterday, spikes optional. Snowshoes or skis highly recommended/required on the descent through the willows unless you enjoy post holing. Intermittent, but deep, snow from trailhead to base of the actual climbing, snow continuous once you come around the ridge. Lost Rat: Filled in completely, lots of rocks up in the choke section. Was slushy by 830.
|2016-06-06||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Welcome to post hole city! 4 feet deep at points, and plenty of breaking through above 13k ft. Flotation advised, though barely helpful as the day goes on. I summited both peaks via traditional route. Lots of wet slides in every couloir, though plenty of skiers taking advantage of the corn. The intensity of the sun + the persistent snow coverage makes for a pretty rough environment. High alpine protection is more important than usual in this arena for this time of year. Took me 6 hours round trip; most of that time burned up in the willows. Always fun though! I'll post in trail head conditions about this as well, but I was able to be the first vehicle (pretty sure) to break through to the summer trailhead. Probably 4wd high clearance only at this point, but it can't be more than a week or so of these temps before it's open to all.
|2016-05-22||Route: East Slopes
Info: I was able to drive my Civic up a mile to the road junction. 4wd vehicles could drive another quarter mile before getting to impassible snow. The early-morning conditions on the route were fabulous. We started at 4:30 AM and were back to the car around noon. Things started to get slushy on our descent. Microspikes were necessary and I appreciated an ice ax for extra safety.