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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 its 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. Its 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 11,280. 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    
2012-07-28 ONLY 4WD CAN MAKE IT TO TOP joshuatrueanderson    4      
2012-07-28 F ing horrible... im sorry they need to do something... i walked and extra 3 miles and 120 minutes just from trailhead to car... like wtf.. seriously... i will not recomend this hike to anyone because of the road leading up to the trail head.. made me wanna rip my F ing hair out joshuatrueanderson         
2012-07-28 There are three or four big dips a little beyond the 1.4 mile sign. My 4WD Honda CRV managed to get through; but any 2WD car or car with ground clearance less than 7 inches should not risk it. Also at summer weekend, there are so many cars there, it only takes one clueless driver to park the car at a bad spot to block the whole road. erwinyu         
2012-07-25 I‘d like to update/correct a previous post. When we drove up Stevens Gulch road on 25 July, the "impassable rut" was at the signpost that says "Private Road for next 1.4 miles" -- that is, the rut is 1.4 miles from the trailhead parking lot. It took us 45 minutes to hike up the (with three children, the youngest of whom is 11) road to the trailhead. Assuming the 1.4 miles is accurate, having to park below the rutted out section added 2.8 miles to our round trip. I‘ve attached a photo of the rut. I should also note that it wasn‘t just low clearance vehicles that chose not to attempt to get over it -- there were at least 8 SUV/pickups parked down with us. The rains seem to have been quite heavy recently, which is worsening the ruts, and making them muddy, just to add to the challenge of getting over this section. Frankly, given the number of visitors to Denver we encountered on yesterday‘s hike, I‘m disappointed (but not, unfortunately, surprised) that whatever government agency or agencies are responsible for this road have not done a better job of maintaining it, given that Grays is a significant tourist attraction for visitors to Denver. TCoyne415  1       
2012-07-18 As listed in previous posts a 4wd will get you there no problem. The rough area is only about a couple hundred feet. When I came down at around noon, there was 20 or 30 cars parked along the road at the point were it gets rough. Some jerk at the front of the line had parked into the road making it almost impossible to get around their car without falling off the road. I cant imagine what a weekend will be like. Also, the cars were parked bumper to bumper so close I dont know how they got turned around to drive out. I would park much lower on the road than the rough spot and go ahead and get your car turned around for your drive out at the end of the day. desertdog         
2012-07-12 The road is very torn up about half way up. Saw a couple Subarus at the top, and an amazing 2WD Chevy. I gave up attempting it in my Outback. ezabielski    2      
2012-07-10 There were a couple low clearance vehicles up there, but I‘m amazed they made it. I would never have attempted mine, the road is really tore up about half way in. Pathfinder made it ok. klinger         
2012-06-23 I got my 2WD Honda Accord to the TH with little problem. There is a patch about halfway up the road that is a pain in the butt, but it‘s completely doable. Plenty of other 2WD cars at the TH, as well. forbins_mtn         
2012-06-19 Headed up to the TH the night before and made it just fine in a 4wd tahoe with low profile wheels. I would think that a 2wd truck could make it up with good clearance as there are 1 or 2 spots that can be a problem for low clearance vehicles. I did see a couple of mini vans that made it to the TH so when there‘s a will, there‘s a way. Mtn Izz         
2012-06-15 Forest Road 189 is in good shape. Drive 3 miles up a rocky dirt road to Steven‘s Gulch Trailhead. It is completely clear of snow. We drove our Honda Pilot up all the way up without any problems but did see one Honda Accord up there also. That is probably pushing it. A Subaru could do it ok. There is only one spot where there are some large ruts. There are bathrooms and quite a few parking spots, I want to say 35 or so. Ramsey Boys         
2012-06-03 Went up the Stevens Gulch road on my Toyota Corolla. The road was in good shape till the intersection with Grizzly Gulch road. From there on, there were a couple of deep ruts. But, I could manouvre through them in the Corolla by going very slowly (10mph) and avoiding the deep spots. Could drive all the way up to the trailhead by careful, slow ascent. yogi         
2012-05-26 Road mostly clear all the way up to about 1 mile before Summer Trailhead. The avalanche path (off an known shoot from Kelso) covers the road probably about 6 feet deep. I really didn‘t see any debris, just snow. Here are a couple pictures. dcbates80911  2       
2012-05-25 There are a few deep ruts on the Stevens Gulch road near the houses above the Grizzly Gulch turnoff. Other than that the road is dry, clear, and in pretty good shape. Vehicles of all shapes and abilities were at the trailhead today, just be careful. k9hiker         
2012-05-20 Road to trailhead wasnt bad, no snow at all - made it just fine in an AWD MazdaCX7. nicolen701         
2012-05-17 Peru Creek Road is closed to vehicles at Montezuma Road, requiring extra walking to Chihuahua Gulch Trailhead and Horseshoe Basin Trailhead. Dirt Road to Gray‘s Peak Trailhead is dry and has no snow. Hiked up to Grays and Torreys, microspikes were helpful the last 1/3 of the trail, but not required. polarpop  1       
2012-05-06 I was able to drive a two wheel drive vehicle to trail head today. The road was dry and no snow. No show shoes, or spikes needed for the climb, look like summer is early this year. jasonmiller         
2012-04-18 We got about 200yards below the summer trail head in a hyundai santa fe 2002. First part of the road is easy for 2wd cars. Then when you go past grizzly creek trail head there is a very steep and rock hill what is a little sketchy for low clearance cars, but if you take your time and pick the right line its fine. Then from there up there are some snow patches that you can either straddle the rut or ride the rut. We had to stop because the last 200yard straight stretch you can not straddle the rut and the rut is about 2ft deep and bigger. Saw a lift jeep with big tires, Chevy silverado, and a 4 runner at the summer trail head. skiingrock         
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 myself...no 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       

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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