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2014-06-15  Grays and Torreys  Did the standard route. Still some large patches of snow, but well trampled. Recommend microspikes (or yaks), possibly gaiters if you‘re on late in the day and ice axe for the descent off of saddle. Those who didn‘t have traction said that they wished they did. Going up to Torreys is a breeze. Road to summer TH is totally clear. jonandmalia   2014-06-16 5     Edit Delete 
2014-06-11  Lost Rat Couloir  Lost Rat couloir was in decent shape today and no trouble getting to summer TH last night in Highlander AWD. Cornice noted in 5/21/2014 conditions report was still present albeit much smaller and less ominous. Biggest hazard was rock fall from an area halfway up the couloir along with the melted out top right. I was glad I wore my helmet and started early (5:15 from a camp in the basin right below). A few pics are attached for reference. bmcqueen   2014-06-11 2  3    Edit Delete 
2014-06-01  East Slopes  7:30 start for a hike-no skiing today. Soft spring conditions all the way up. Microspikes were perfect. Saw several folks with crampons, though they were "practicing" for a bigger peak. Saw several folks in tennis shoes and/or boots without added traction having difficulty making it very far. Back to the car by 130...lots of slush and post holing most of the way down. have fun!! sunscreen and sunglasses a must! tkruse   2014-06-02  0  5    Edit Delete 
2014-05-21  Lost Rat Couloir  Conditions were great during my pre-dawn start, but sunrise revealed a school bus sized cornice hanging directly over the route on the left side of the top exit. It was enough for me to retreat back down the couloir and call it a day. Personally would not recommend this route until the cornice breaks away, or is blasted. The picture included clearly shows the overhanging cornice at the top and is clearly visible in the daylight...just not during a 3am start. M1keey   2014-05-21 1  2    Edit Delete 
2014-05-19  East Slopes  Had to park just off the highway because the road to the Winter and Summer lots still had too much snow on it for my Subaru Tribeca. Hiked all the way in from there. Mostly ankle to thigh deep snow. Made the hike very slow. We were not able to summit because the hike took so long and was so tiring. Could have maybe done it with snowshoes. The only person we know of that summited had crampons, and we did not. Still a beautiful hike, did 12 miles there back in the snow. samgoss   2014-05-19 2     Edit Delete 
2014-04-25  East Slopes  The road was still covered with snow almost all the way to I-80. I was able to drive about 1/8 of a mile up, and there was evidence of others having gotten stuck attempting to go further up the road. So, from the exit of I-80, you can cross over the interstate and get to the mouth of the road to the TH. Left the car about 6:30am, snow on road was still firm. I stayed on top no problem on my skis and my dog stayed on top in the morning on the approach. There were 2 places the road was melted out, but short enough I just skinned right across the dirt. At the summer trailhead, followed snowshoe and boot tracks (I commend those that posthole for miles and miles...learn to ski!! I don‘t think I could do it.) Bridge was cross-able, but the snow bridge across the creek was also still very solid, so i just skinned around the bridge. Headed up the "Standard Route" from there. Great conditions for skinning, minor side-hill sloping to the left in places. Some point release slides from previous day or two on south facing slopes all the way in, as well as in the basin shared by Grays and Torreys. I came up into the bottom of the basin to get a good look at the peak and the rest of my route, then cut left/south to gain what is probably the most commonly used summer route. Traversed right/north from there with a couple small switchbacks to gain the saddle between Grays and Torreys. The last 100 yards being very hard-packed and the most tense part of the entire ascent, side-hilling being the most challenging skinning maneuver in my set of skills. Continued to skin for a while up the northeast ridge from the saddle until it got steep enough I packed my skis and booted up a friendly, meandering mix of rock and snow to the summit. Great summit conditions, got to hang out for a while, one other climber joined me. Just as I was leaving, a split-boarder and skier I had leapfrogged with all morning also arrived. Descent was straight-forward and smooth, essentially back down my ascent route. Carefully side-slipped my way through some of the top sections peppered with rocks, hard-packed to saddle. Dropped a section of cornice off the saddle onto the slope below (my dog needed a little extra encouragement there. The slopes here were much softer, though not quite corn. My tracks are easy to distinguish because they have a dog‘s tracks running through the middle of them. Traversed out below the chutes off Torrey‘s and had to carefully pick my way around rock mounds to stay on snow all the way out of the basin. The pair I left on the summit skied out Lost Rat Couloir and said they got some nice, powdery turns, crust in some places. LizaLou   2014-05-20 4     Edit Delete 
2014-04-18  East Slopes  Snow pretty much all the way up from I-70. Was 32 F at TH at 4 AM on Friday. Road well frozen. Wore microspikes to summer TH from there switched to snowshoes to put in the trail again. Wore shoes to the top of Grays - crampons probably would have been better especially on the side hill from 12800 ft to 13100 ft. Wore crampons over to Torreys and was better. The bowl between G&T has boot or more deep snow but was stable. One skier climbed Dead Dog and it was stable. Some skiers went down Emperor and said it was good with no slide risk. jimmtman   2014-04-19  0     Edit Delete 
2014-01-18  Southwest Ridge  Toured up Peru Gulch, to Chihuahua Gulch, to Ruby Gulch, then up the SW Ridge to Grays. Way bonier than I expected up high. Wind and sun have done a number. Once on the ridge we tossed our skis on our backs and booted the rest of the way on dry ground. Was able to ski a mellow couloir looker‘s left of the summit. Snow was rock solid boiler plate, but still nicer than hiking down. Skin track is laid, go have fun. (Pic 1 looking down SW Ridge into Chihuahua and Peru Gulchs...pic 2 looking at SW ridge from Ruby Gulch, we skied wide couloir looker‘s left of summit...pic 3 SW Ridge and summit...pic 4 making turns) jwinters   2014-01-18 4  4    Edit Delete 
2014-01-11  East Slopes  Skied in to about 12,000, then continued on foot to about 13,300. Conditions are great for skinning or snowshoeing up. Found one Stubai crampon, right foot. if anyone lost one, email me scottmoser   2014-01-18  0     Edit Delete 
2014-01-03  East Slopes  As of today there was a good trench to about 12,800 and then was mostly wind scoured/ packed. The winter trail cutoff to skirt the avalanche slopes of Kelso was very obvious, but takes you through many areas of waist deep snows. Snow shoes were very helpful. Andymcp1   2014-01-03  0     Edit Delete 
2014-01-01  East Slopes  The upper part of the mountain (above 13,000‘) is pretty scoured by wind, there‘s actually a fair bit of bare ground up there. Even the snow covered parts of the trail are pretty easy to find. markf   2014-01-02  0  3    Edit Delete 
2013-11-30  Grays and Torreys  I did the standard route up Grays and Torrey‘s 11-30. Round trip from trail head to trail head took 7 1/2 hours. I WOULD NOT do this route without snowshoes or crampons and trekking poles. You really don‘t need them until you start the traverses across Gray‘s eastern face. The trails are easily spotted as you approach the peak. Unlike in summer though these trails are not nice and flat, but rather covered in snow, making the traverse tricky as you are crossing it at an angle of 30-35 degrees. The snow pack was stable here as long as you don‘t go out into the middle of an open area but still be careful and check each step, its a long slide down. The sketchiest part of the trip was going down Gray‘s north ridge to the saddle separating the two peaks. My snowshoes proved to cumbersome and large to navigate the partially snow covered talus field and it was very slippery with my boots once I took off my snowshoes. My biggest take away from this trip was that the wintery condition take much more time than it does in the summer. alreed   2013-12-01  0     Edit Delete 
2013-10-06  East Slopes  Packed snow for most of the way once you begin climbing out of the valley. We hiked in boots and were fine. We didn‘t have spikes or gaiters, but gaiters would have been nice. Spikes were not necessary. dpm200   2013-10-07  0     Edit Delete 
2013-09-28  East Slopes  Lots of wind blown snow. We broke trail through 2-3‘ drifts on the switch backs that headed west. The switchbacks headed east had mostly no snow. Coming down, there was a mix of hard pack and powder. I‘d say gaiters and micro spikes will be needed after today gnargrizzly   2013-09-28 2     Edit Delete 
2013-09-01  Grays and Torreys  We got to the base at 6:15a and got to the summit by 10ish. I was pretty cold hiking up the entire time. Wore capris, tshirt, hat and my rain jacket but wished I had on pants, long sleeves, a beanie, and gloves. Pretty windy and cloudy at the peak too. It‘s getting to be autumn! Bring the layers! sde789   2013-09-04  0     Edit Delete 
2013-07-09  East Slopes  Good conditions. Still some snow near the trail which is causing water to saturate certain areas on the way up. COCardioCutie23   2013-07-10  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-28  Grays and Torreys  There‘s a small amount of snow in places on the upper parts of the trails along this route, but not too bad. Very slick and icy at 6:30 a.m. (my sons and I did just fine without any special equipment), but they softened up very nicely by the time we descended. Today was just about the best high-elevation-hiking weather I‘ve ever had while hiking - so glad I was able to get up there! jsarche   2013-06-28  0  1  Edit Delete 
2013-06-22  East Slopes  Road was passable for SUV‘s - snow blockage nearly gone. Route had lots of running water, some mud, and a few snow patches with some slippery spots. There was little snow on Grays summit, more on Torreys but not a ton. Lots of people were glissading down from the snow-covered trail between the saddle and main Grays trail. Microspikes or trekking poles would be useful, especially if hitting Torreys also. Rainbow-K   2013-06-26 4     Edit Delete 
2013-06-15  East Slopes  The route was mostly clear, but the road to the trailhead was blocked by a large pile of snow roughly .5 miles from the trailhead. Some cars managed to make it over , but on our way down we saw someone digging out their SUV. The route to Grays was pretty clear. Lots of mud and running water on the trail, but nothing you can‘t cross easily. Many people choose to turn around at Photo #13; the north-facing ridge was clear everywhere accept for the foot trail. The more it melted, the more slippery it became and there were jagged rocks and a sharp drop. Yaktraks or Spikes would help, I manged with boots and a trekking pole... but take your time. Past that section, the route was mostly clear. One more snow field but it was not dangerous at all. With the rate at which the snow was melting, I wouldn‘t be surprised if the snow melts completely very soon. By the afternoon, many of the dry trails were soaked with snow melt and the snow/slush became harder to walk on. Still, the route was passable in just boots, many with just sneakers! We opted out of completing Torrey‘s peak, as we were running out of time. The path to Torrey‘s looked clear, but the trail leading down the mountain between Grays and Torrey‘s was still covered in snow. Several hikers were sliding down on their butts, however we opted out of that route as well. We left the car at 8:15 and finished the hike around 3:30. This included additional hiking time and distance due to where we had to park. We did take a few breaks and took our time. Spent a bit more time at the top than I would expect most people would. Roughly 7 hours round-trip! brikalongo   2013-06-17 4     Edit Delete 
2013-06-11  Lost Rat Couloir  Lost Rat couloir receives very early sunlight and as such was softening quickly upon our 630 am couloir entry. The apron was quite soft with multiple post-holes. The exit was melted out with appox 40‘ of 45deg awful scree to a 70 deg snow/ice 10ft climb to the climbers left. FatBaxter   2013-06-11  0     Edit Delete 

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