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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    
2009-05-09 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         
2008-08-14 Ditto what hobo13said. On Sunday 8/10/08 I saw some 2WD at the TH. I had a Toyota Highlander with good clearance and, being cautious, I took 25 minutes to go the 3 miles so you might want to figure that into any travel plans. Beagle         
2008-08-14 Saturday 8/9/08. Drove all the way to the trailhead in a Pontiac G6. Also saw an Accord, Jetta, and BMW sedan at the trailhead (among about 100 SUVs!). Only touched bottom once and that was due to a high-centering over a ridge at 1 MPH. Don‘t believe the people saying you can‘t do it in a 2WD car -- Now whether you *want* to do it is another matter..... hobo13         
2008-07-26 Drove up to the TH on friday night. The road is rough, very eroded and rocky. You can definitely make it in 2wd if you have HIGH clearance, so pretty much any stock suv or truck. There is one big rut at the beginning, take it slow and pick a line suitable to your auto‘s clearance. other than that the road is just rocky, go slow! cfrulla         
2008-07-19 We did Grays and Torreys this morning. The road up is rough, but probably only to those who have never been to the Harvard or Massive 4WD trailheads. I got all the way to the upper parking lot in my stock 04 Cherokee without so much as touching the road with anything other than the tires. On the way up, I didn‘t even shift into 4LO. On the way down, it was useful though. There were 2 Outbacks and believe it or not a red Ford Escort at the top when we arrived. jcouts         
2008-07-10 I was up there on the 9th July. Don‘t expect to reach the trail head in a regular car, you won‘t make it. The road was worse than what was previously described to me. You need GOOD CLEARANCE. nilaoire         
2008-07-07 Road is very rutted in places. Most cars did not attempt. Highly recommend SUV, Truck, etc., with good ground clearance. trankin         
2008-07-04 There is a washed out area about 1/4 mile up the road; 2wd vehicles will have a grand ole time navigating past it. The road is rough, rocky and bone-jarring more this year than last. KeithK         
2008-07-01 Friends were up there last week, one large pothole. Would advise a vehicle with good clearance. I am up there next week will update then. nilaoire         
2008-06-10 Full access to the TH parking lot via Stevens Gulch. No snow on the road, but it still may be hard for 2W vehicles to get up there ( rough road ) polishruben         
2008-06-08 Saturday, June 07, 2008. Road to trailhead is almost completely clear except for a few small patches of snow near the parking area. Regular passenger cars are still having difficulty getting over steep rutted portion of road just a few hundred feet up from I-70. http://www.rogerwendell.com zeekzilch         
2008-06-03 The road to the TH ( Stevens Gulch ) is pretty much snow free now. Last patches of snow are located maybe 300-500 feet from the Grays Peak TH. If you have high clearance vehicle you will be able to drive all way up there. polishruben         
2008-05-22 still too rough for vehicles, large patches of soft snow. Rough ride through to trailhead on snowmobile... peaks2paddles         
2008-05-19 Drivable to Grizzly gulch road with a high clearance AWD vehicle. There is still a huge risk of getting stuck though. The last 1.5 miles are almost completely snow covered. ezsuperkev         
2008-05-18 The first mile (up to the Grizzly Gulch junction) was easily passable in a high clearance suv yesterday. Carl         
2008-05-04 Still snow-covered all the way to the TH. As of 5/3/08, there were 3 vehicles stuck/abandonded along the first mile of the road. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-04-20 Unaccessable (unless you have a sled), you must park at I-70 and hike approx. 2.8 miles to the summer trailhead. The road is well packed and snow shoes should not be needed until you reach the actual trail. Cunningham         
2008-02-18 Foot traffic has the road well packed to the trailhead but snowmobiles can only make it about 1/2 way up (1.5 miles) due to sloped snow on the road. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-01-12 At the Bakerville exit trail head as soon as we exited the interstate and looked at the road, we noticed a person stuck not less than 10 yards into the road. For all intents and purposes this road is not accessible. It isn‘t plowed and there is around 6-9 inches of snow with areas of much more. ColderThanDryIce         

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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