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Route #2) Torreys Peak - South Slopes  


Difficulty:  Class 2 
Ski: Intermediate, D4 / R2 / II
Exposure: Mild exposure in the area but not along the immediate route.
Summit Elev.: 14,267 feet
Trailhead Elev.: 11,280 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet
RT Length: 8.00 miles
Trailhead: Grays Peak New Update
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Author: BillMiddlebrook
Last Updated: 2/2014
 
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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. It’s 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.

Route:

From the trailhead parking area, cross the large bridge that spans the stream in Stevens Gulch. Continue up the road-like trail to get your first good look at Grays and Torreys (Photo #1). Continue up into the basin to reach an information sign about half way into the hike - Photo #2 and Photo #3. Shortly after this point, hike through some bushes and across a rocky area near 12,300‘ - Photo #4. The trail gradually turns left as it climbs behind a small ridge that runs south up to the east side of Grays. As you hike around this area and past a basin, Torreys is to your right (Photo #5) and Grays is ahead to the southwest - Photo #6.

Continue to a trail junction above 13,200‘. Leave the Grays trail and traverse (Photo #7 and Photo #8) southwest to reach the Grays-Torreys saddle, above 13,700‘ - Photo #9, Photo #10 and Photo #11.

Turn right and follow a trail less than 1/2 mile up the ridge to the summit - Photo #12. Photo #13 is another look at the approach to the Grays-Torreys saddle. Photo #14 looks northeast from the top.

Skiing?:

Heading down the ridge: Photo #15, Photo #16, Photo #17, Photo #18, Photo #19
Dropping off the saddle: Photo #20, Photo #21
Skiing back to the upper basin: Photo #22, Photo #23, Photo #24, Photo #25
A look back: Photo #26

Notes:   

The road to the trailhead is somewhat rough, so a good clearance vehicle is recommended. If you miss the new trail (to Torreys) at 13,200', you can also turn right off of the corner of the large switchback (at 13,800') on the Grays trail.

 

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