Peak:  Torreys Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  sklumb
 Date of Info:  05/29/2020
 Date Posted:  05/29/2020
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I don't think other reports give a clear idea of the amount of snow up there. The trail was at least half covered in snow. It switches between snow and no snow throughout the hike. Once you reach the saddle between the two peaks, there isn't any more snow on your way up to Torreys so that is great. But the traverse below Grays on your way to the saddle from the sign where Grays and Torreys trails split, is completely covered in snow. I highly recommend waterproof shoes, an extra pair of socks, gaiters, traction and hiking poles (although you could manage without poles). I had all of these things and it made for an enjoyable day. The post-holing wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, most of the snow trekking is packed down but it did get slushy and we did post-hole some when stepping off the packed down part. Prepare to get wet no matter what. We probably would've benefited from an earlier start than 8am, but it was all good. Finished at 2:30pm. Weather was great. The forecast called for breezy winds 15mph but we didn't see that until we got to the ridge. The clouds didn't come in until 10am and they were scattered. It looked like it was about to rain by the time we got back to the highway at 3:30pm, it was forecasted as a 50% chance starting at 1pm.
I also want to warn that on your way back, about the last mile to the trailhead, there is a switchback in the trail (which is all just following footsteps on the snow) and you have to make a right hand turn to start a few switchbacks downhill. We didn't notice this and continued following misleading footprints straight ahead until we were wayyy above the actual trail and should have turned around but kept walking and had to walk a while through bushes and snow to find the trail again. Unfortunately, the couple a little behind us did the same thing so it is an easy mistake. It makes for a snow "swimming" wet end to the hike. Bring some sort of device that you can follow a map on and pay attention to it so you don't go off trail here. I use the Hiking Project app for now.



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