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    
2014-08-09 Most of the road is clear. I would have taken my Subaru Legacy, but right after the Private property sign there were some pretty big pot-holes. Saw a lot of people turning around. pandamonium  1       
2014-08-09 If you dont have a newish Outback (or similar) or better (see pictures from my previous report to see what will make it to the TH), just dont try to get to the trailhead. Every weekend there have been huge traffic jams from people who cant make it past the rough part and have to reverse quite a ways back down. The rough part is about halfway up the road, shortly after the sign that says "next 1.4 miles private land, stay on road." Saw an 07 Outback and surprisingly an Audi Allroad at the top today, otherwise SUVs. ezabielski    4      
2014-07-26 The road is rougher than last year, particularly the part shortly after the "1.4 miles of private land" sign. There are the usual large, loose, rocky ruts. Last year I bumbled through it in a 97 (St)outback. This year I thrashed around in it and couldn‘t get through. At the TH, there were several current gen Outbacks, and otherwise SUVs. One 97 Outback was at the TH to my amazement, but they said they bottomed out severely to get through the rough section. See picture for a sample of what got through. I parked next to the "1.4 miles" sign for the night. Note: even if you have a vehicle that can make it, good luck getting a parking spot. There were cars parked on the side of the road for two miles when I left! ezabielski  1       
2014-07-15 Road up to the trailhead is as how naterook described it. Made it up to the trailhead just fine in an Outback. hltmac         
2014-07-12 Most any car can make it about halfway up (saw everything including a prius) but just after are some dips that require more ride height and most likely 4WD/AWD. Made it up in the forester just fine. Lowest car I saw up at the top was an Impreza, but I can imagine they didn‘t make it without a few under body scrapes. naterook         
2014-07-11 There is a section of the road about 1 mile to the trail head that passenger cars should not attempt to pass. I saw quite a few suv‘s ( outbacks, rav 4‘s, santa fe‘s, etc..) that bottomed out while driving both up and down. But if you hate your car or are just looking to break it in really quick, you can be like the guy in the volvo I saw at the trailhead. Andymcp1         
2014-07-08 There are no snow or water hazards. You can get a 2wd up to the Grays junction, about one mile from the interstate. There lots of parking there. About 1/2 mile later you will run into a series of large holes in the road that will stop any low clearance car and probably anything that isnt 4wd. If you make it past that, you wont have any more difficulties. But many tried and ended up having to back down while tying up the road for everyone else. Also, note the second picture. Are those your keys? mspalding  2  3      
2014-06-27 The road is pretty rough..There is one spot as you climb past the Josephine Mine about 2/3 of the way up where the road is really ripped up. It‘s still possible with a 2WD truck and skillful driving but passenger cars risk serious damage. Please remember UPHILL traffic has the right of way. When you see the sign "Private Property next 1.4 Miles" you are about to begin the bad section.. Fairwind         
2014-06-15 Road is clear of snow. Drove up with a 2wd tacoma. got too much tire spin at one point but made it up relatively easily. a lot of scattered rocks on the road. Don‘t come with low profile tires. My buddy recorded a section of the road on our way down. grovestreet    1      
2014-06-14 Clear to the 4wd TH. The snowdrifts mentioned last week have melted out. zdero1    1    
2014-06-08 Several stock 4WDs made it to the summer trailhead today. There is a track through the two or three remaining snowdrifts. I have to think the drifts will be all but gone and passable for all vehicles within a few days, a week at the outside. Front Range 14er S*** Show season is upon us. Doug Shaw    1    
2014-06-07 Road clear to within ~100 yards of summer TH. Road is rough, but there was one Hyundai Sonata at the end. rijaca         
2014-06-02 Road is dry most of the way up...The steep grade past the Josephine Mine is very rough. About 1/2 mile from the upper trailhead, you get into the big snow-drifts across the road. The last 1/4 mile, snow is between 4 and 6 feet deep..But its melting fast, another 10-15 days and the road should be open..The P/u in the picture is a 2WD Toyota... Fairwind  3  2    
2014-06-01 Bluebird day on Sunday. Driveable to within perhaps 1/2 mile. Still a significant amount of snow beyond that. Won‘t melt off this week! tkruse    3      
2014-06-01 The current show stopper snow drift on the road is at 11120‘, just 4/10ths of a mile from the summer trailhead. I would suspect the road will be fully melted out within the next couple weeks. Kevin Baker         
2014-05-26 Clear of snow through Grizzly turnoff, passable with mid-clearance vehicle through old building alongside road (~1 mile from summer TH). High-clearance jeeps made it to within 1/4 mile of the summer TH...looked spicy though. KansasBoarder         
2014-05-24 Went up Dead Dog today. Made it a little past the split for Grizzly Gulch. Parked 1.7 miles from the Grays Trailhead because other cars were already parked. If you make it past the first few drifts, you can probably go another mile or so on the road. We tried in a Chevy Colorado and couldn‘t get by one larger one. Saw a couple heavily modified vehicles and a Jeep Wrangler make it past the first drifts, and up a good portion of the road before getting stuck again. Not quite sure how the Jeep made it. It‘s melting out quick! LivingOnTheEdge         
2014-04-18 Winter closure still in effect. Road is well packed down by snowmobiles. Despite really warm temps (55 F) no postholing on road on the way out. Some parts of the road have a clear strip on the side. jimmtman         
2014-04-01 Road is impassable to all vehicles except snow machines above Bakerville. Even with a snowmobile, this cabin owner was stopped about half-way up at a spot called "Josephine" where the wind has piled the snow up and across the road at a 45 degree angle making further travel on a snowmobile very dangerous. Those on foot should have no problems crossing this 100 yard section. Above the Stevens Gulch - Grizzly Gulch fork, the snow gets powdery and deep. Fairwind         
2014-01-20 The road to the Grays/Torreys TH is impassable beyond 10K‘, which is just a ways above the first switchback. A Suburu looks like it may be stuck for the winter and another car got stuck as well during the day. I parked at the first switchback, but it‘s best just to just start from Bakerville and not risk it! Kevin Baker         
2014-01-03 Drivers with a 4wd vehicle and experience in snow/ steep roads can likely still make it to the summer TH. Note there is almost no where to turn around on the road, so don‘t try if your not up for a long drive down in reverse. Today all vehicles were parked at the Winter TH, and this is what I would plan on if your going up. Andymcp1    1      
2014-01-01 The property owners seem to be parking at the bottom of the road and using snowmobiles, skis, snowshoes, etc. to get up and down the road. I would plan on parking at the winter trailhead and hiking in from there for the rest of the winter. markf         
2013-11-30 Drove my stock ‘88 Toyota 4x4 truck to within 100 yards of the trail head. I was in 4w low the entire time. Any AWD car can make it up there (an Audi and Subaru Impreza were both up there) but you HAVE to be experience in driving in steep, snowy, slippery conditions. The toughest section is the long hill that starts right at the Private Land sign, it gets pretty dug up right at the crest of the hill - just keep going and don‘t slow down. alreed         
2013-11-24 Ran Cables on my stock Nissan Xterra (Class S) and got about 100 yrds from the Summer Trail Head. At that point I just sunk in and had to dig it out. Would not recommend low clearance vehicles and people with out experience driving in these conditions to attempt. Had to play around with the steering wheel several times to keep momentum and spin outs. On our way up cables in the back for tractions. On the way out cables moved to the front tires for better steering. 4lo and 1st gear. zoriloco         
2013-11-15 As reported first half mile is extremely icy. Even with my Jeep Wrangler in part-time 4WD, I struggled. Above that, patchy snow and ice but manageable. Descent was nightmarish near the bottom sliding without warning. Did a couple of 360s Would be easier with chains. Note, my tires are a few years old so new or studs would have no issue in 4WD, imho Alan Arnette         

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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