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2012-12-02  East Slopes  Grays Peak is still mostly free of snow, but there is packed snow on much of the upper trail that makes microspikes helpful. Conditions are great for a chilly pre-winter walk (almost three weeks until winter). The 20-plus others on the peak Sunday apparently agreed. The road to the trailhead is easy and snow-free. mediocre_climber   2012-12-03  0     Edit Delete 
2012-11-17  Grays and Torreys  We had a fun day climbing Grays and Torreys yesterday! Our 2005 Subaru Outback made it to the summer trailhead without any problems. The morning was windy and cold, but in the afternoon the wind died down and it warmed up quite a bit. Other than a few clear spots, especially below the kiosk (12,000‘), the well-traveled trail is covered in snow. I put on my microspikes at the saddle after coming off Torreys and didn‘t take them off until the trailhead, although they would have been useful while ascending as well. The traverse back across Grays‘ south face after leaving the saddle was interesting (image #2 - the path is marked by large cairns), and I was glad that I had my spikes on, even though there were climbers kicking and cutting steps in front of us. Images 3 and 4 are looking back across this area. DanielL   2012-11-18 4  1  Edit Delete 
2012-10-20  East Slopes  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. farside   2012-11-02  0     Edit Delete 
2012-10-19  East Slopes  Trail has a fair bit of snow on it. Snow/icy patches from bridge all the way up but some bare sections along the way and especially near the top. Bluebird day today but windy (gusts of 40+ mph). Microspikes and ski poles helpful especially going back down. jimmtman   2012-10-19  0     Edit Delete 
2012-10-06  East Slopes  Snow on the trail, especially above 12,500’. I used MicroSpikes and a pole. There were people without traction who did okay since the snow was mostly still fresh. They minded it more early in the day before the snow softened. There could be more ice in coming days. Traction recommended. MountainHiker   2012-10-06  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-29  East Slopes  Trail was dry up to the 1.5 mile info sign. About 1-2" of snow covered the trail all the way up to the saddle and Grays Summit. Conditions icy in several areas especially as the day wore on. Didn‘t get to Torreys but looked icy in spots as well. Bring micro-spikes or yak trax to assist with traction on the trail especially going down. Btuperkwh   2012-09-29 2  3    Edit Delete 
2012-09-22  East Slopes  Patches of snow next to the trail, no snow on the trail, including Torrey‘s. ezabielski   2012-09-22  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-15  East Slopes  Still awesome conditions but getting colder up there! The aspens are almost all golden on the way up to the trailhead and can be seen in great numbers on some of the other sub-treeline slopes as you look behind you to the north/northwest on the way to the summit of Grays (or from the summit). The snow from the brief cold snap a few days before was still lingering, especially on the north-facing slope of Grays, but presented no problems (i.e. had melted from the trail) until going down the ridge to the saddle between Grays and Torreys. On that stretch down to the saddle, there were several areas where there was hard-packed snow/ice on the trail. Even though it was probably only a couple inches deep, it caused a lot of slipping and sliding, some of which seemed dangerous considering the higher level of exposure on the path down to the saddle. No one in our group or the groups around us was hurt, but several people fell on their derriere and slid for a few feet. We ended up climbing down on the rocks just to the side of the trail, which still had soft snow that provided much better traction. All in all, a great day, beautiful skies and beautiful fall colors in the aspens and willows - cold and windy though. Dress warm! acwixom   2012-09-19  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-04  East Slopes  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. jsulateskee   2012-09-04 4     Edit Delete 
2012-08-15  East Slopes  I hiked Grays peak yesterday. Forest Road 189 was clear of any major ruts or potholes. Trail head was very crowded, I arrived at 7:30am and there was only two parking spaces available. It had rained the day before so there was some muddy areas at the start of the climb and light snow at the peak. I expected to see minimal people being that it was a Tuesady, however the trail was crowded. Even with the crowds it was a great hike. This was my first 14er, and now I‘m hooked. The only problem is that I‘m from Florida so next time I‘ll have to extend my vacation and include multiple summits when I return. Cat13   2012-08-15 4  1    Edit Delete 
2012-08-04  Grays and Torreys  Did the combo hike yesterday. For those that haven‘t done a 14er before, I highly recommend taking the longer trail (more switchbacks) up to the left as you ascend Grays. We came down from Torres along the more direct route down Grays and it was very slippery and rocky - really glad we didn‘t come up that way. Great conditions otherwise. Parking was a bit of a mess, so plan on adding a mile or two to your hike just to get to the trailhead. LKMinDEN   2012-08-05 3     Edit Delete 
2012-07-19  Grays and Torreys  100 Foot section of the Road about a quarter of a mile before the TrailHead can only be passed with a high-clearance 4WD vehicle. As in prior posts, Trail is clear of snow, but there is loose rock near the top. RuiCal   2012-07-19 2     Edit Delete 
2012-07-18  South Ridge  Haven;t uploaded pics yet and may do a trip report then, but here‘s what you need to know. Trail in good condition, and it‘s a wonderful hike if you want solitude. We saw 3 guys coming off the summit as we got there and that was it from car to summit to car. Definitely a different experience, coming up Grays and avoiding the traffic jam. After 12,500‘, there is intermittent trail and cairns, but it is more or less a straight shot to the ridge and then a ridge walk to the summit pitch. Having done the East Slopes, this is a more difficult and tiring hike. above 12,500‘, there is very little relief and just a lot of elevation gain. Definitely gives you a new appreciation for Grays! Road to TH is rough and borderline 4WD. I made it in a 2WD Xterra and needed every inch of clearance that I had. ameristrat   2012-07-19  0     Edit Delete 
2012-07-07  Grays & Torreys Peak  The trails were great when I went today. The weather was a little chilly, but overally very pleased with the hike. It took my group about 6 hours to do hit both summits and get back to the car. Granted we had a few problems to start our trip. I wouldn‘t recommend a 2wd car to get to the TH though. I went up in my 4wd lexus gx and it was a bumpy ride. Happy Hiking. bfizz   2012-07-07  0       
2012-06-24  Grays and Torreys  Hiked this one last weekend with a friend from Denver, my sister (from Oregon) and brother in law (from AZ). Forgot to put a conditions report up so thought I‘d rectify that today. We took the standard route for Grays and Torreys. The trail was perfect, no hazards and no snow. We made both summits and round trip was about 8 hours (we are a little pokey and I take lots of pictures). swostal   2012-06-30  0     Edit Delete 
2012-06-19  Grays and Torreys  Conditions are perfect for anyone that is a summertime hiker/climber. There were no potential hazards worth noting and my only recommendation would be to leave the TH as early as possible to avoid a crowded summit. Other than that feel free to ask questions if you have them! Mtn Izz   2012-06-20 4     Edit Delete 
2012-06-15  Grays and Torreys  We just hiked the Greys/Torreys combo today using the standard combo route beginning at the Steven‘s Gulch Trailhead off Forest Road 189. The trail is dry and snow free. I brought mirco spikes in case we needed them for a snow field, but that was not necessary. We did cross a 40 yard snow patch just below the saddle on the way down but there is a good path in it. Hiking the saddle from Greys to Torreys did not require us to cross through any snow. Ramsey Boys   2012-06-15  0     Edit Delete 
2012-06-12  South Slopes  Climbed Bierstadt, and took this picture of what I think is the South Ridge. Wouldn‘t bother, but next week there‘s a group going to climb this route, and I wanted to post so people could see the route and the current conditions. James Scott   2012-06-13 1     Edit Delete 
2012-06-08  Grays and Torreys  I did Grays and Torreys today. The weather was awesome, and the trail was in pretty good shape. I brought my trekking poles and microspikes just in case. There was one stretch when coming down from Torreys to meet back up with the Grays trail, where there is still some snow. I was glad I had the microspikes. Slipping there would send you pretty far down the mountain on your ass. There is only one other small snowy area further down the trail but there isn‘t any exposure and didn‘t use my spikes there. heine19   2012-06-08 4     Edit Delete 
2012-06-02  Grays and Torreys  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. summit_push   2012-06-04  0     Edit Delete 

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