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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    
2010-01-16 Oh, it's doable allright. But it's not necessarily easy. Got the AWD SUV up it, all season M&S tires. The ice section was easy b/c it's flat. Going up to the parking lot was not bad; a number of cars there. Going down was harder. We got off the track (dispite prior posts about that -- very easy to do.) There was one guy up there that apparently had to call a tow truck to get unstuck -- in the parking lot! And one well known 14ers member was smarter than many, and parked at the Grizzley Gulch turn off and walked the two miles -- even though he has a 4wd SUV. So, doable, with caveats. Dancesatmoonrise         
2010-01-09 Surprisingly the road to Stevens Gulch remains drivable to 4WD vehicles. It is snowpacked from Bakerville so I would not recommend 2WD. Bakerville to Grizzly Gulch is snowpacked and well consolidated, plenty of room to park and turn vehicles around at the road split. 4WD recommended, clearance not required. From Grizzly Gulch to about 1/2 mile from TH the snow gets a little deeper and gets rutted, 4WD and clearance recommended though an Outback made it. One bad icy patch about a mile above Grizzly Gulch. The last half mile to the summer parking was blocked by a drift, but one vehicle busted through it later in the day. If you do drive the road be careful! Chicago Transplant         
2010-01-01 I drove part of the way to the Steven‘s Gulch Trailhead today, parking at the Grizzly Gulch turn off and skiing up from there. The road is mostly snowpacked, with a few bare spots (most notably a section that is about 100ft long, directly in front of the second slide path). Although I ended up skiing part of the access road, at this time it is still passable the entire way to the trailhead by any all wheel drive vehicle (I saw a low-clearance Subaru at the trailhead). Skiing conditions on the road were rather mediocre. The road can be skied without damaging your equipment, but you‘ll need to portage the bare areas, and watch for protruding rocks. coloradokevin         
2009-12-27 Drove to the trailhead in my Xterra in 4x4 but necessary only in a few spots. Snow packed and a couple icy patches. comin2getcha         
2009-12-12 Just got back from Grays. I was able to drive all the way up to the TH in my Xterra with chains in the rear tires. Something with AWD like a Subaru with chains should have no problems. zoriloco         
2009-10-25 Okay, the ice is on Forest Road 189 (road south side of I-70 @ Exit 221) before you get to either Trailhead. Just learning to read maps...haha. jblaydes         
2009-10-25 Sorry, my last post should read Grizzly Gulch TH. Newbie error jblaydes         
2009-10-25 10/24/2009 - Stevens Gulch trailhead with snow and some ice. Made it up in Subaru, but the ice on the way down, close to the beginning of TH, made it impossible. A couple of trucks had issues too. Use caution or stay to the sides in the ruts to work you way past the ice patch. Happy climbing! jblaydes         
2009-10-24 Drove up to the Stephens Gulch TH on Monday, 10/19/09 in my xTerra with no issues. Very little standing snow on the road at that time. Odysseus         
2009-09-30 09/30/09 Clear. no rut,no problems. made it all the way up in my friend‘s corolla. waller19         
2009-09-19 The big rut and potholes have all been graded away. The road is back to "normal", meaning a passenger car can get to the trailhead if driven carefully. Jim Davies         
2009-09-19 The road is in good shape -no ruts, small loose rocks. The road equipment is still parked at the bottom of the road, so they may be doing more work. Saw a Prius and a Porsche at the trailhead. cougar         
2009-09-14 I hiked Grays and Torreys on Monday, Sept. 14th. While driving down the road to 70 after completing the hike, I saw many construction workers with big equipment, bulldozers, graders, etc. working on the road to the TH. This was around 1:30 Monday afternoon. While I did take my Honda Accord to the TH, I would not do so again. There were a few other cars at the TH as well. On the way down, I got out of my car to remove some boulders, rocks that were dislodged because of the construction work. In short, I definitely agree with Bill‘s suggestion that a vehicle with clearance is the appropriate one to take up to the TH. Thanks sad2         
2009-09-13 I went up Grays Peak today, 091309, and it doesn‘t appear they went any farther than where Ken Dammen saw them doing work three days ago. The "ruts" however are gone and several passenger cars were at the trailhead. zoomie83         
2009-09-10 I just did Grays and Torreys today 091009. On my way down they were grading the road just below the sign that directs you to the Grays trailhead. About 1 - 1.5 miles up from the highway. I don‘t know how far they plan on going up, but it did make the last part of the drive a little better going down. Hopefully they will smooth it out all the way to the trailhead. Restroom at the trailhead is still closed. Ken Dammen         
2009-08-12 Drove up to the Trailhead from I-70 (7/2 in regular ol‘ pickup. Made it with no problems. Cars were going up all the time also with no problems. GO SLOW (for your kidneys sake) and plan the "big" rut before you go over them (2) and you will be ok. Bald Eagle         
2009-08-04 8/1/09 I just wanted to let everyone know that I made it up to the trailhead in a 2 door Pontiac Sunfire with front-wheel drive only. I was the only car in the parking lot but cars can make it up to the trailhead not just 4x4 trucks. I think everyone thought I was crazy but I had no problems just go slow and maybe have a spotter for the so called rut. It can be done. The rut was a little crazier on the way down my back driver-side wheel was off the ground for a second, but its worth trying especially if your camping the night before a hike. derekgraven         
2009-08-03 Drove my Outback up on Friday night 7/31/09 in the pouring down rain. Got the Subie on 3 wheels going up and teetered on 2 wheels coming down the next afternoon 8/1/09. Fun times and good for a bit of adrenaline! COLORADOKB         
2009-07-12 7/11. The rut depends on the driver - not the car. We took a Rav4 up and made it. I saw someone have a bit of trouble in a Tahoe - yet there was an old Honda Civic that made it...go figure. If you have trouble...park below the rut and hitch a ride. Rinehart18         
2009-07-12 Drove the trailhead on 7/11/09. Big rut @ 1/2 mile up from I-70 is where it separated the cars from the trucks. Beyond this it was drivable in a 4x4 or AWD vehicle. Just take it slow. jjpnyc         
2009-07-04 whoops--last two updates were not 06-03-09 but 07-03-09. Forgot that it became July... Slow Moving Fun Seeker         
2009-07-04 Forgot to mention in the previous update: I was glad to have 4WD for the muddier spots on the road, but we followed a 2WD sedan--something like a Altima or Camry up the whole way and he had no problems either. I‘m not advocating taking that kind of car up this road, but I also don‘t think it is nearly as bad as some of the updates indicate. Slow Moving Fun Seeker         
2009-07-04 I drove the road to the Grays Peak trailhead on 06-03-09 in an older Outback with no problem. Lots of people park below the "rut," but if you take it slow and are careful, it‘s just not that bad at all--and not significantly worse than in previous years. I have no special off-road skills. Never even got close to bottoming out. Slow Moving Fun Seeker         
2009-06-23 Road is quite washed out in many places and not suitable for low clearance vehicles. No problem to park at the bottom, but you‘ll need to hike or hitch if your driving a smaller car. Thanks to my climbing partner for the ride. The climb was great! Jazzob         
2009-06-17 Made it up 6-15-09 in a 2WD Ford Escape. Little rough in spots. On the way down we saw an Audi A6? about 1/3 of a mile from the TH. That guy has skills. hfd73         

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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