Peak:  Grays Peak (14er)
 Route:  North Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  tjagger
 Date of Info:  11/17/2020
 Date Posted:  11/19/2020
 Details

Trail to summit is mostly broken out. Traction recommended. I used snow shoes from the bridge at the summer trailhead to about 11,700'. Snowshoes were not needed on the way down. I chose to take the southern ridge option instead of the main trail from 13,450' to summit since it had less snow on it and was in the sun.

It was warm with summit temperatures about 25 F, and 20 mph winds.
Because of the soft snow it took about 2 hours just to get from the I-70 parking lot to the summer trailhead. Form there it was another 1:40 to the sign and 2:20 to the summit.
Start 7:40pm Summit 1:40 pm at car 5:10pm. The sun "sets" about 2:00 pm on the North Slopes, so an early start is recommended this time of year. I saw a group of 4 on snow shoes and one other wearing light foot ware near the summit. I used Sorrel boots and micro spikes. I was surprised to see the lack of snow above treeline. The pictures show the almost clear route to Torrey's, the shadows at 2:45pm looking at the Grays Torrey's saddle. Hope for more snow.



Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Gray’s to Torrey’s ridge#2) Looking SSW#3) Saddle at 2:43pm#4) looking SE#5) looking WSW#6) looking NW



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