Grizzly Gulch Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Front Range
14ers Served:  Grays Peak, Torreys Peak
Road Type:  Moderate 4WD, long wheel base vehicles not recommended. Good clearance required. 4   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD to the start of the Grizzly Gulch road (approx. 1 mile up the Grays Peak road). Narrow, rough 4WD up the Grizzly Gulch road.
Directions:  Take Exit 221 at Bakerville on Interstate 70 and continue to the south side of the highway and the start of Forest Road 189 (goes to the Grays Peak Trailhead). Start up the 189 road and after over a mile, turn right on the Grizzly Gulch road. It is a rough, narrow 4WD road so park along the first 1/4 mile if don’t have jeep or other small, high-clearance vehicle. To continue higher, stay right on the "189.1c" road after 1/4 mile and continue west into Grizzly Gulch.
Winter Access:  Closed at the start of the Grays (189) road, near I-70.
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2015-06-27 Made it to just before the mud pit in my Forester, with just a couple of bumps. In the morning light, realized that there is a bypass around the pit on the right; however this would really only buy you maybe 10 mins of walking until the "real" end of the drivable road. There are 3 stream crossings, none of which felt particularly scary or difficult. Otherwise, there are definitely some pretty rough sections, and yes, it falls into the category of "4x4 road" - the Subie was near the limit of what it could handle, for sure. Higher-clearance and true 4x4 vehicles should have little difficulty. AlexeyD         
2014-06-14 Drove to about 1/4 mile from where the road passes across the valley from the large gulley on the north side of Torreys, where the road is buried in avy debris including large trees. The mud pit mentioned below, just past the last creek crossing is there, and the trail around it has been fenced off. Would recommend that stock 4x4s park before the mud pit, as it is much harder to drive out of on the way out than on the way in, even with mud tires and a rear locker I almost got bogged down in it. COnaive         
2013-06-29 There is a mud pit just past the "Grizzly Gulch (Upper TH)", as marked on the TH map, that I managed to bury my Xterra in. It looks like some people have driven through the willows to bypass the pit. The road was clear to that point. burnindaylight         
2013-06-16 Road is clear of snow to the base of the Tuning Fork (north face of Torreys). Made it in a 4Runner without any problem. Carl    2      
2012-07-06 Cinnamon closed due to mudslides on 7-5-2012 geoffnco  1       
2012-05-20 Easy 2WD to Gulch road turnoff. 4WD road clear of snow through prominent meadow prior to wide creek crossing (full mile up from the junction). Patchy snow for 1/3 of a mile after the creek crossing (where the road begins to narrow), where a more continuous snowpack exists. KansasBoarder         
2011-06-26 The road is now clear of snow up to about 100 yards past the second creek crossing. The remaining snow patches above this point proved impassable to all who tried this past weekend. The snow is melting fast, however, so you may be able to drive higher in a few days. One Sierra Charlie         
2011-06-15 The road still contains many patches of deep, soft snow beyond the first creek crossing (which is only a few hundred yards past the split with the main road to the Stevens Gulch trailhead). I crossed the creek and then promptly got my 4-Runner stuck in the first snow patch on the other side. I gave up, backed across the creek, parked in the large flat area on the other side and continued on foot. Walking in I could see that it would be absolutely impossible to drive the road right now in anything less than an ATV. It only took me 50 minutes to walk from my car to the base of the NW Couloir. I was able to ski over half of the distance on the way out, which was nice and efficient. Until the road is reported clear of snow, I would not mess with it. Simply park on the near side of the creek and walk in. You can temporarily drive across, unload gear and people, and then return for parking. You will be really unhappy if you get your car stuck and end up spending the rest of your day dealing with this instead of climbing Torreys! One Sierra Charlie         
2010-06-09 Rode entire Grizzly Gulch road today on an ATV. One snow patch near the start of the road is still blocking truck/jeep access but after that the road is almost entirely dry. BillMiddlebrook         
2010-06-02 Didn‘t do Grizzly Gulch, but Stevens Gulch is open up to the top. Enjoy! bfrog5326         
2010-01-11 The road is drivable to the Grizzly Gulch split for 4WD vehicles. 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. I did not go any farther up the Grizzly Gulch road as Stevens Gulch was my destination. Chicago Transplant         
2009-07-30 as of 7/29 road clear to top, decent ruts that require high clearance 2x4 or good skill in low clearance with 4x4 as you will center and spin (ie a subaru can make it with skill, my wrangler made it no problem) larkinrx2         
2009-06-01 As of 5/30 the snow drift 3/4 up the Grizzy Gulch road is still there. Using my 4WD Toyota truck and another‘s Jeep, we eventually broke through the drift but it required mutual pull-outs with a tow strap. Due to the rapid melt/run off, we encountered two very deep pools of water after the last stream crossing. DO NOT attempt unless you have a buddy/winch/snorkel. It is very deep and you could easily kill your engine or get stuck. If you can cross the pools you‘ll be able to get to about 1/2 mile from the tuning fork route until the road is completely blocked by snow (and remember, the pools will get deeper as the day goes on). CO_THFC         
2009-05-29 As of 5-25 you could drive about 3/4 of a mile up the Grizzly Gulch road before the snow drifts stop you. ScottN         
2009-05-03 As of 4/29/09 the TH was snow covered a few hundred feet above the I70 lot all the way up. It is probably possible to drive higher in the morning but will be difficult to get out later when the snow softens. RoanMtnMan         
2009-03-09 Rode a snowmobile all the way up the Grizzly Gulch road to 11,400‘ near the end of the basin. The sled track followed the Grizzly Gulch 4WD road. BillMiddlebrook         
2007-06-29 Drove 1.75 miles up the road to 10,800 past the large stream crossing. 4WD and narrow all the way but I didn't have any problems in my extended pickup. Low gear is key. BillMiddlebrook         
2006-05-15 Drove yesterday (May 15, 2006) all the way to the official trailhead. You can not go any further though on the jeep trail. There are still some huge snow banks right after the creek crossing. Some guys tried it with jeeps... they got stuck though all the time. muellero         
2005-03-05 The road to Grizzly Gulch and Stevens Gulch is closed in winter. It usually opens up in late May. BillMiddlebrook         

The NW side of Torreys seen from 11,300‘ in Grizzly Gulch. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2009-03-09)The NW side of Torreys (Tuning Fork Route) seen from 11,300‘ in Grizzly Gu (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2009-03-09)

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