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|2015-10-11||Route: East Slopes
Info: The north facing slopes throughout the hike are starting to get iced over. There is pervasive snow above 13,000, though rocks are still poking through. Ascending, it‘s not too bad, traction is optional. We descended down Gray‘s and traction is highly recommended if you are coming down from Gray‘s instead of Torrey‘s. The last 1000 ft were slick, but manageable. Would have been better with spikes or yak trax.
|2015-10-11||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Snow-free for the vast majority, but there is a thin layer of snow on top. Going up either Grays or Torreys by the standard routes was no real problem in good boots (though of course microspikes would help on the 20 or so feet of icy, packed snow trail). Torreys is snow-free from the saddle up. Also did the traverse from Grays to Torreys without spikes and didn‘t have any trouble, but they would make life much easier on this part.
|2015-10-10||Route: East Slopes
Info: Beautiful fall day for a hike. Dry down below. Thin layer of soft crunchy snow up top. Leading up to this where sunlight hits, the shadows have caused a few sections of snow to turn to ice. Microspikes helped a ton, but plenty of hikers were managing without them.
|2015-10-04||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: I‘d bring micro spikes. Most of the snow was melting on our decent but we needed them on the way up. It looked like the area might get more snow? Great day to be on the mountain.
|2015-10-04||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: I second the report from yesterday recommending microspikes. Wish I had had them today for the upper part of the descent where the snow had been packed solid. I got to the TH at 7:30 and there were about a dozen cars already there. Not a madhouse of a crowd but you were never really far from someone else on the trail. Just a handful of people at a time on the peaks. Beautiful weather (with just a quick cold cloud blowing through). From about 11:30 (on my way down) I got a token dusting of snow.
|2015-10-03||Route: East Slopes
Info: Coming up from the Torreys side, the rock is covered in a dusting of snow that doesn‘t get very much direct light. Since it‘s snowing again, you might want microspikes if descending to go do Torreys. The Grays standard route had light snow above 12,700‘. In some places it‘s in the shade or doesn‘t get very direct light, so it can be slippery as it turns to ice. Below 12,700‘ the trail was completely dry.
|2015-09-11||Route: East Slopes
Info: Beautiful weather and views under ideal conditions. Also did Torreys.
|2015-08-16||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: The weather looked questionable and saw lightening at 3AM leave W I70, but skies cleared into a beautiful sunny, clear day to summit both Grays and Torreys. I took a previous climber‘s advice, at first with apprehension, but glad I took my mountain bike. I could bike faster than 5mph up and was down in 25 minutes to I70 parking lot. Only negative was that drivers, up & down, do not brake for a cyclist, and I had to wait in ditch for them to pass. Otherwise, the experience of Grays and Torreys was an even paced hike, spectacular views, friendly & encouraging people/dogs, high 5s at the top and help taking pics. Good climbs.
|2015-08-15||Route: East Slopes
Info: I live off of exit 283 on I-70 west. So a 62 mile drive takes me about 65 minutes to reach here. I drive a VW Jetta (2WD). After the exit 221, I drive slow (8-10 mph) and reach the trailhead in about 15-20 minutes. I started at about 2AM from house and at 3:15AM from the trailhead. I was at Grays at 6:18. Just 4-5 hikers along the way. I did Torreys and while coming back, I met almost 200 hikers and 30 dogs. I was back at TH at about 10:30-10:45AM. While driving down, I was again very slow and the 4WD drivers were pissed off at me like anything. With cars parked on the road, there was no space for me to let them overtake. The very first chance they got to overtake me (I would have anyway let them go ahead), they all called me names and showed me various fingers. I assumed they were not the real *hikers* because their attitude definitely wasn‘t of one. Nonetheless, the sunrise was out of this world and it was good to hike at night with almost no other hiker in sight.
|2015-08-02||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Summited Gray and Torreys on a VERY busy Sunday (8/2/15). Started at trailhead at 6AM, already had to park 0.5mi down the road from the parking lot. Summited Grays first at 8:30AM - very busy up top, and everyone was having a good time. Traverse to Torreys was completely clear. Pretty much a party happening on top of Torreys. All in all, a good day.
|2015-07-31||Route: via Torreys and Kelso Ridge
Info: Beautiful in the Front Range. Ascended Grays and Torreys in a counter clockwise direction via Kelso Ridge route. Nothing to report that hasn‘t been said already. Kelso is completely dry and I would recommend this route to anyone who is wondering whether or not they have a fear of heights or exposure. The route itself is very easy to follow thanks to the excellent route description. The few short sections that involve scrambling can easily be negotiated. Combining Torreys and Grays this way guarantees you never have to cross the same ground twice. Highly recommended. Car to Torreys summit took 2hr18min, Grays summit was reached in 2hr58min, and round trip took 3hr59min. The gravel road going in to the trailhead appears to have been graded within the last couple weeks and most cars should be able to drive all the way up (just watch for the odd large rock). Go early if you want to park in the parking lot as it is normally full by 0500.
|2015-07-11||Route: East Slopes
Info: Overall, trail is in good shape with some water in spots and a little bit of snow. The traverse to Torreys is also snow free but there is a snow field that you cross on the trail that rejoins the main trail from the saddle. Some might feel more comfortable using traction on it but many were crossing (and sometimes slipping) without it.
|2015-07-02||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: I can‘t believe that after 3.5 weeks, the snow is gone! Once you go up to Torreys, cross the snow at the junction for an easy descent. Snow shoe grips not even necessary. Gear: gloves, light weight puffy coat, wind-coat, long-sleeve, warm hat, hiking boots, sunscreen. You can read more details at sunshineof1985.com. I‘ll be attempting to climb all the 14ers this summer.
|2015-06-28||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Grays East Slope is almost completely free of snow. If you‘re trying to decide on footwear (as I was), you can definitely get away with trail runners. We met a couple headed back from Torreys massaging their frozen feet (they wore sandals) as the trail back had a short and easily manageable snow traverse. Friends of ours headed up Kelsos Ridge. They said it was mostly snow free except for a short,exposed stretch near the summit.
|2015-06-28||Route: East Slopes
Info: Grays & Torreys, ascended via Kelso Ridge & descended East Slopes of Grays Sunday. At least a dozen snow crossings but footsteps already kicked in make them innocuous. Some water on the trail from snowmelt.
|2015-06-27||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Trail all the way up is wet but almost entirely free of snow. Rats has bare spots at the top. Dead Dog is good to climb before 0900. Neither of the two are skiable. The saddle has some huge cornices hanging on to it and the skiing is fast and best attempted before snow gets soft around 1000. Several people were skiing the North Side of Torreys
|2015-06-21||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: I also made a trip report for the TH, so go check that out. We hit the trail at about 7 AM intending to do both Grays and Torreys. The trail up to Grays was easily accomplished in trail shoes/boots, although there was still snow in some places. In the AM, the snow was nice and solid. Most people hiked the switchbacks on the southeast ridge, which were snow free, but there are also some pretty nice trails kicked into the snow up the east face. We chose to hike the snow on the east face and didn‘t need any gear. We summited Grays around 10 AM and discovered that the descent into the saddle was still pretty snowbound. By that time, the snow was starting to get slippery and soft, so we aborted Torreys for the day and glissaded down the east slopes as far as we could without going too far down and missing the trail. Then we hiked back out. All and all, we had great weather and it was a beautiful climb.
|2015-06-20||Route: Lost Rat Couloir
Info: We hiked up the main trail to Grays in trail runners. Snow was frozen in the early AM, but no trouble getting up in just shoes for those just wanting to hike. The traverse over to Torreys across the face should be taken with care because of the exposure, but the ridge between the two is mostly clear. One can still ski from the summit of Grays down the main face on continuous snow. We opted to boot back down the ridge toward Lost Rat several hundred feet before we could ski to the top of Lost Rat. We had to downclimb/side step into the couloir as the top is almost melted out with very thin coverage and will be all rock soon. There is a shallow runnel going down the couloir, but we were easily able to ski around it and get some nice turns in, snow was very soft by 10am. The lower flanks of Lost Rat have a fair amount of melted wet slide debris, so the exit is a little bumpy. We were then able to ski the creek line back down to 12100ft before opting to rejoin the trail and hike out. The line is melting out fast and might be done in a week or two. Also talked to three guys who climbed Dead Dog on Torreys, but opted not to ski it as there is a large runnel right down the middle and lots of wet slide debris in the apron.
|2015-06-18||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Conquered Grays and Torreys yesterday woot woot! The road going up to the trailhead was in pretty rough shape, but completely clear of snow. There were some major ruts and pot holes, and I do mean major. SUVs and trucks will do fine, but cars should reconsider, or park lower down. We left the trailhead at 7am and reached Grays at 11am. The trail going up is currently a creek of melt water. Be prepared to have wet feet. The summer trail going up the face of Grays is still snow covered. We were forced to swing to the left and head up the ridge. There are some snow tracks that you can follow. This alternate route added on roughly a mile to the journey, and was definitely more taxing. Also very windy, bring a windbreaker. Continuing from Grays to Torreys proved to be worth its salt. Getting down to the saddle from Grays was the most difficult part. Lots of large boulders to climb down, lots of snow, and little to no trail to follow. The trail going up the Torreys side is nearly completely clear of snow and was far easier than Grays. Summitted Torreys at noon. Headed back down to the saddle and attempted to bypass going back up Grays, not a great path to follow yet. Still quite a bit of snow, in some places only a few inches, in others I sank thigh deep. The group I was with ended up glissading down to the gorge. Exhilarating but freezing. I would have never attempted it if I were not with such an experienced group. Boots were completely soaked from the trail on the way home. Reached the trailhead at 230pm. A long but successful and fun day. PS lather on the sunscreen, I got burned pretty badly on the back half of my body from the morning hike.
|2015-06-18||Route: Couloir east of Lost Rat
Info: Road clear and very navigable to the trailhead. A friend and myself opted for a chute to the east of the Lost Rat Couloir. It was an awesome climb. Started at 6:45, summitted Grey‘s at about 10:30. Snowshoes recommended and advised for Torrey‘s unless you want to go all the way back over the summit of Grey‘s to get down. Also, butt-sliding was unbelievably fun. Highly recommend. This is a great time to get out hiking. Please pack out your trash!