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Grays Peak Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Front Range
14ers Served:  Grays Peak, Torreys Peak
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Normally itís Rough 2WD to the TH but some years it gets rough and might require 4WD. It always requires good-clearance.
Directions:  Take I-70 to the Bakerville exit (#221). Leave the highway and drive south over to the dirt parking area near the start of Forest Road 189. This is the winter trailhead and, even if the upper road is open, low-clearance passenger cars should park here. Itís almost 3 miles to the summer trailhead. Reach a junction after one mile - stay straight and follow the sign for the Grays Peak trailhead. Continue another 2 miles to the trailhead at 11,280í. There are restrooms and a few dispersed camping spots near the parking area.
Winter Access:  Closed at the start of the 189 road, near I-70.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2012-04-17 Keep in mind it was a Tuesday with me arriving at the TH at 4:30 PM so I had the whole place to other cars at all. I made it to the Summer TH with a Ford Escape that has almost new tires. A lot more snow on the road above 11K. There was one snow spot I didn‘t like below that dilapidated cabin (abandoned railroad worker dorm??) that is just off the road. The majority of trouble spots were higher up the road from there. As of this evening I would say it would be better to have a high clearance vehicle with good tires...definitely not summer tires! Mine are all season and did pretty well. Keep your tires in the existing ruts and you should be ok. I could hear the belly of my Escape scraping on the snow in some spots when my tires were in some of the deeper ruts. mikemalick  2       
2012-04-07 lots of cars made it to the summer trailhead today including a couple Subarus. Very little margin on the road though, drift to either side and you‘ll be digging yourself out. Fortunately the ruts keep you in line. CO Native         
2012-04-01 Average 4x4 with a bit of clearance can get within a mile of the summer parking lot. We got within 1/2 mile of the trailhead by winching thru a couple deep spots. Kolster         
2012-03-25 TH conditions remain the same as posted under the Conditions Report by Tony1 3/17. You will want to park at the winter trailhead. I noticed two vehicles stuck on my way back down. Also be advised that if you are planning on snowmobiling up there are several dry patches. WillV         
2012-01-28 Snow covered from the Bakerville exit to the summer trailhead. Quite thin in some places, but comfortably skiable in most places. Definitely not as much snow up there as there is most years (but I guess that goes for everywhere else, too). coloradokevin         
2012-01-02 We got to 10,800 in a Ford Ranger (approx. 1.2 miles from summer TH), with not too many problems. Above this the packed area narrows and it was harder to avoid the sugar snow, so not wanting to get stuck we stopped. There was a 4runner that made it about another 0.2 miles beyond us. sdkeil         
2011-11-20 Made it about 2 miles up the road in a Wrangler - at that point we hit some loose snow that was deep enough to spin all 4 tires. On the way back down there were signs of others getting stuck in the same area. There were no tire tracks above that point or vehicles at the summer trail head. If you can get past that one area, the rest of the road didn‘t seem too bad. There are also a few downed trees across the road - one was resting high enough I was able to bend it up enough to drive under, the others were farther up the road than we drove. StikMan  3  1      
2011-10-10 Icy conditions from the winter parking lot all the way upto the 4WD trailhead. Alpinegoat  3       
2011-09-10 The road to the upper trailhead is still rough. Lots of potholes, rocks, and dips. My Jeep Liberty didn‘t have any problems in 4x4 but I wouldn‘t take a low clearance vehicle up that road. I saw a number of cars parked along the side of the road about halfway between the lower and upper trailheads. deeplomassy         
2011-09-10 I know the previous post is that the road was repaired. I‘d hate to see it not repaired. Did not see one car at the trailhead. You need something with clearance. The road has pot holes, large rocks, and other general "off road" things to enjoy. Glad I had the truck with off road tires. The_Godfather         
2011-09-08 The road has been mostly repaired, I drove all the way to the parking lot in my Ford Taurus with little problems on Thursday morning. On the way down at 1:30 pm there was a dump truck bringing in more road base rock to the difficult spot so things should be even better now. gbutler80         
2011-09-03 That spot in the road (1.4 miles from the trailhead) on Saturday was impassable by our Honda Pilot. Didn‘t have good tires, though. Our other party made it up in a two-wheel drive 1993 Navajo with good tread. Unbelievably, we saw a Toyota Camry at the trailhead. Lots of cars and SUVs were parking below. stauffcat         
2011-09-02 That section the previous post refers to at 1.4 miles is getting rough fast. An FJ, Xterra, and Jeep parked below it today. I wouldn‘t plan on getting a passenger car to the TH until this spot is repaired. Carl         
2011-08-24 No problem in a Subaru Forester. There is one rough spot about 1.4 miles below the TH. Just take it slow. If you drive up in the dark, the headlights show the bumps quite dramatically alanecharlesworth         
2011-08-21 This road is getting pretty rough with a 2WD. Really just one bad section but still possible in anything. A jeep liberty ahead took two tries to get through and I made it through with two tries in a Corolla. A handful of other sedans and subarus made it up but a lot parked just below this section. I would not recommend this road if you are concerned with getting some blemishes on a new car. If its 14 years old with great tires like mine then with good wheel placement it is still possible. eagle06    2      
2011-08-19 I would strongly recommend 4WD only, as there are clearance issues and large potholes. I watched a hummer have a little trouble ahead of us, and we were stuck for a minute in our 4WD vehicle. We also saw the oil trail and pointy rock that gave someone a miserable day. dsreynolds         
2011-08-16 There is a section about 1/2 to 3/4 mile below the old miner building that has much deeper and wider potholes than there were a month ago, probably caused by heavy rain on Sunday. I made it to the TH in a Honda Accord and there were only 2 other 2WDs there but most 2WDs stopped and parked along the road below that section. One person got stuck and I saw what looked like oil in the road after that section from someone bottoming out. dmdoug    1      
2011-08-03 The road leading to the trail is in decent shape. I took a low clearance Buick all the way to the top, and only really felt uneasy over a tiny stretch of the road. As long as you take it slow, and pick the best route, low clearance vehicles can make it all the way to the top. mattyanderson26         
2011-07-18 The road had quite a few potholes and a few dips where a low-compact car had to be extremely cautious. I made it to the trailhead with my low-compact car while driving slowly and around the potholes. ashlee03         
2011-07-17 For clarification, because some people will drive just about anything up anything they possibly can, the road appears to have been graded and is in GREAT condition. There are a few places you would have to be very careful in a 2wd car, its very doable. centrifuge         
2011-07-15 As reported previously, road is dry. I made it to the TH in a Honda Civic with no issues. unclegar         
2011-07-10 Road dry all the way up. I made it with no problems in an ‘07 Honda CRV, and there were lots of low clearance, 2wd cars up there. A few spots are pretty rocky and would require some thinking in a low clearance 2wd, and there is a small creek crossing just below the parking lot that should be taken slowly. Crowded too! Maybe 10 cars at 5am, and 75 cars at 10am! RJansen77         
2011-06-29 Road clear all the way up. Parking lot open. Various spots in trail covered in deep snow/melting slush. Would recommend waterproof boots and map as trail is indistinguishable at times. blackdovestudios         
2011-06-18 Can drive up to the summer TH and entire parking lot is open rayven19         
2011-06-15 Giant rock and tree are moved and/or cut. 2WD/4WD to within a 5 minute walk of the TH. rangerdrew         

Pulling into the trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-09-02)The upper parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-09-02)The start of the trail and bridge (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-09-02)Grays Peak TH (10–21–07) (Added by: rferrier on 2007-10-22)Right after the parking lot TH (Added by: polishruben on 2008-06-05)The infamous "rut" (Added by: schumi248 on 2008-09-18)The upper trail head parking lot by the bridge (Added by: ColoradoKrazy1 on 2009-05-09)The upper trail head parking lot by the bridge 5/8/09 (Added by: ColoradoKrazy1 on 2009-05-09)Bridge (Added by: xavier3181 on 2012-05-21)

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