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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    
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         
2009-06-12 Went up on June 11th. The road is clear all the way up, however in the past three years of going up this trailhead this is the worst runoff and ruts I have seen. The road has deteriorated in certain sections in the past few year. If your going up there with a regular vehicle, you must bring a spotter. The road at .3 miles is the white knuckle area. Take it slow!!! Bresch         
2009-06-10 Road clear of snow all the way up to the TH. Since last year, the road has deteriorated and the initial rut that stops most low clearance vehicles seems to have grown. Another rut is in the works up the road a little ways. dcbates80911         
2009-06-08 I just drove the road this morning (6/ at 6:30am. Very clear and very rocky all the way to the trail head. I was scoping out my future 2nd 14er site. Wanted to see if my Suburban could make it up the I drove my jeep up it first (ha ha). There was a landcruiser, small pu and a small passenger car up there. There are two big washed out about a mile up the road and the other about two miles up. Otherwise it was pretty good. coachchip         
2009-05-25 May 25th, few patches of snow on road up but my Xterra made it to the summer TH no problem. Cars, I would say not yet. Most cars were parked only a mile or so up the road, just before the first big rut in the road. Barrett Cooper         
2009-05-24 You can almost reach the summer TH, there are a few areas of snow that people have driven through. Went as far as a few minutes walk away from the bridge. 5/22/09 sstrauss         
2009-05-18 You can drive all the way up to the trail head. BAUMGARA         
2009-05-16 This morning I took my new Wrangler equipped with chains on all 4 tires and still only made it to about 1/2 mile from the TH, the same place everyone else had to stop, too much snow as yet to get to the TH. schrund         
2009-05-13 The road from Bakerville is starting to open up. Got up to within .6 miles of the trail head to Grays. Still lots of snow drifts across the road so you will need a good 4wd and know how to use it. I got as far as I did with my F250 crew cab with stock M&S tires. I will try again in a few days with my other truck with the pizza cutter mudders. If you find a black Chevy stuck in the snow please dig me out! The ridge tops look like they are clearing but not sure how deep the snow is on the faces. The regular trail looks like there is plenty of snow on it so may need an alternate route. gettinupthere         
2009-05-12 Drove 1 mile past Grizzly junction w decent 4wd. ThinAir         
2009-05-09 Walked up the road from I-70. If you have a high clearance 4 wheel drive you can make it to where there is a large open area with a 6 foot piece of brown pipe, there were 2 vehicles parked there. After that the road is covered in snow which is mostly packed down but after the bridge you will need snow shoes late in the day. ColoradoKrazy1         
2009-04-24 Starting from I-70 the road is half covered on the right side up to just before the first switchback. Then becomes completley snow covered, with the exception of small scattered pockets of exposed dirt road as you continue up. bmratc         
2009-03-09 Rode a snowmobile to the Grays TH. Snow covers the road and trying to drive up from the parking near I-70 is not recommended. Several vehicles have tried lately and gotten stuck less than 1/2 mile up the road. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-12-09 Three separate 4X4‘s tried to get up this road this past Sunday (12/07/0 and had no luck. One group got stuck and it took them over an hour to get out. This was very near the beginning where the road steepens and there is a small pull-off on the right. I had to back all the way down to the small side road to turn around. With the new snow today, unless your 4X4 is pretty serious (winch, awesome tires, etc.) I think this one is impassable for a while. (If anybody wants to try it, send me a PM so I can come watch!!) Bodhi         
2008-11-26 The road to the trailhead up Stevens Creek is hard packed snow with ice in places. I drove all the way up on Tuesday the 25th of Nov with no trouble. I would suggest a 4x4 wheel drive but the conditions are good to getting all the way to the parking lot, which is dry and clear itself. Parts of the road are also dry and clear. The hardest spot is right at the beginning where it has been all summer,it has ice but passable. HunkyDunk         
2008-09-29 Went up the "road" to the trailhead on 9/24 in a 4x4 Ford Expedition. It was worse than last year at this time. The washout section is bad and there are several other sections where 4x4 is needed or at least a definite plus. I don‘t think a passenger car would make it. Scatman         
2008-09-18 Just added picture of the infamous "rut." schumi248         

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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