Grays Peak from Loveland Pass
Mountains: (in order) Point 12,915, Cupid Peak - 13,117 ft., Grizzly Peak D - 13,427 ft., Torreys Peak - 14,267 ft. and Grays Peak - 14,270 ft.
Trailhead: Loveland Pass
Date Climbed: December 29, 2012
14ers.com Participants: Ben (BenfromtheEast) and Dillon (dillonsarnelli)
Distance: 12 miles
Elevation Gain: 6,300 ft.
Time: 11 hours
On Friday night Ben sent me a text that said "KC & C?" to which I responded "G AND T, it's closer?". 9 hours later Ben was shivering on my doorstep and we were headed for Loveland Pass. At about 6:30 AM we exited the warm comforts of the jeep and headed for Point 12,915. This point is about a mile and 1,000 ft. gain from the pass. The remainder of the trek is along the Continental Divide.
One very important note - You have to reascend all of these peaks to get home! Eat your Wheaties!
Next stop: Cupid
Sunrise over the summit of Cupid Peak - Elevation 13,117 ft.
Next stop: Grizzly Peak D
The ridgeline to Grizzly (middle) as seen from the summit of Cupid. Torreys (l) and Grays (r) in the distance.
Ben on the descent off Cupid.
Grays and Torreys showing their heads.
Ben en route to Grizzly, some perspective. Did I mention Benny is a BEAST.
From the low point the ascent up Grizzly's north face is steep, gaining approximately 650 ft.
Summit of Grizzly Peak D - Elevation 13,427 ft.
Next stop: Torreys
Dillon beginning the descent off of Grizzly.
We stayed along the ridge line for a good distance as there was less snow cover up top. There is even a little scrambling to be had in spots.
Ben, look at yourself.
Ben, did I already say look at yourself.
Dillon on the Grizzly / Torreys saddle... NICE camera work, Ben
Once at the low point in the saddle, the ascent up Torreys is about 1,400 ft.
Ascending Torreys, the summit ridge comes into view.
Summit of Torreys Peak - Elevation 14,270 ft. - Ben
Summit of Torreys Peak - Elevation 14,267 ft. - Ben (l) and Dillon (r)
Kelso Ridge looking spectacular.
Next stop: Grays
Grays / Torreys saddle
Summit of Grays Peak - Elevation 14,270 ft.
A look at Torreys on the descent off of Grays.
Rather than reascend Torreys on the return, we opted to aim for the low knob along the Torreys ridge (pictured above) from the saddle. There is still some reascending to do, but probably only a couple of hundred feet or so.
Next stop: REPEAT Steps 1-4 BACKWARDS.
Sunset over Loveland Pass.
Back before dark and in time for dinner...
This was a long solid day and we were beat. SMOKIN' YARDS BBQ in Idaho Springs never tasted so good! Thanks for reading all.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!