Grays Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-10-16, By: NathanLizard
Info: Very cold and windy day today. I was just about blown over in the saddle this morning. The trail itself has some icy spots but I didn't need traction anywhere. 
 
Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-10-14, By: 14er101
Info: Did Torreys before Grays. The trail was in summer conditions, with minimum snow on the entire route, the only section of snow was in the shade by the ridge. The weather was great, never had ANY wind for the whole day. Clear skies, and no smoke as well. Arrived at the trailhead at about 700AM and parked in one of the last 10 or so spots in the upper parking lot. We were on top of Torreys by 9 AM, and Grays by 10 AM. Walked by maybe 15 or 20 people all day. Great day. 
 
Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-10-08, By: supranihilest
Info: Summer conditions. 
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Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-10-06, By: Lets Climb
Info: Started about 545, plenty of traffic (about 30 cars already, but a Sat.). Nice day, a bit chilly, thermals, beanie and gloves needed. Pretty windy as trail got steep (1.5 miles in). Still a great day to hike before snow hits. 
 
Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-10-02, By: nmnism
Info: Started the hike at 5:50am and saw a few cars in the lot. Beautiful, clear day with temperatures around freezing, especially a couple of miles into the hike. Both the Grays and Torreys peaks, as well as the saddle were VERY windy and cold. Would highly recommend wearing a few layers and winter gloves. There was some snow by the trails, but nothing that hindered the climb up. Some smoke in the distance, but other than that a bright, clear day throughout! 
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Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-10-02, By: lauradaughtry
Info: Took the standard Grays and Torreys loop, started at 5:15am on 10/01 (a Thursday). There was very, very little human traffic (we saw less than 20 other people the whole day). Ended up being a completely beautiful day with hardly a cloud in the sky. Visibility was great from both peaks, despite some nearby wildfire smoke. Absolutely no micro-spikes or any snow gear needed, though clothing layers for below freezing temperatures were needed. It was RIDICULOUSLY windy at the saddle and on the summit of Grays. (Not much wind at all on the summit of Torreys.) Recommend bundling way up, lots of layers, face protection from the wind, and thick gloves (hand warmers were a lifesaver during the windier gusts). 
 
Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-09-29, By: jemthebrewer
Info: Headed up Grays and Torreys via the standard route today. Normal road approach disclaimer applies...4WD vehicle with tall clearance recommended but I did see a Toyota Camry at the trailhead(!). Mostly dry and a great day to be in the mountains. Some wind (20-30 mph) on Grays, over on Torreys, much calmer. Warmer day today than on 9/28. Good group of people with a lot of great energy up there today...I saw 6 people on Grays, 6 on Torreys and saw about another 20-30 people all day. Still some great days to be had up there before the next snowfall! 
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Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-09-29, By: flyefisher
Info: All clear, very little snow. Temp leaving the car at 7:30 was around 19 and 46 upon return at 2pm. Down jacket, long underwear and gloves were needed for most of the hike. Wind was sometimes harsh but at other times nonexistent. Still very hikeable but dress for winter temps. 
 
Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-09-27, By: alex_herbert
Info: Road to TH was totally clear, but pretty bumpy as usual. The route had a bit of snow and ice along it, but no traction or poles were needed as the Trail itself was pretty clear. Fairly windy throughout the morning climb (estimated 20-30 mph average wind speed with gusts 40-50 mph) with highs in the 40's. 
 
Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-22, By: cwindler
Info: Super windy for the vast majority of the hike! Layers and GLOVES are a must. There are some patches of slushy snow, but no need for spikes. Arrived at ~7:30am on a Sunday and had to walk 0.3 miles to the trailhead from where we were able to park. 
 
Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: thebeave7
Info: Patchy snow on the approach trail and upper face. Most of it is slushy by midmorning, didn't use spikes. 
 
Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: jryor121
Info: Trail was extremely dry. I left at 5:20 AM, and the snow wasn't a problem at all if you were okay with going slow and taking your time. I was trying to run/fast hike it so spikes helped tremendously on the ascent and the descent. https://www.strava.com/activities/4058689875 
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Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-09-02, By: chassis
Info: Summited 9/1/20 at 9:15am. Windy, at least 20mph, possibly more. Snow from the night before, starting around 13,500 elevation. Snow was less than 2 inches at the summit, getting packed from hikers, and slippery in places. Air temp at the summit probably upper 20s plus wind. Bailed on Torreys from Grays summit because the saddle trail seemed slippery and exposed for us, adding to the cold and wind. Couldn't find the brass geodetic disk, we heard other people say the same thing two days later. No smoke from wildfires. 
 
Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-31, By: vmunson
Info: Little bit windy in spots and the top of Grey's was a bit windy to where we did not want to hang out up there very long. Did this on a Sunday so it was very very crowded, like a parade of people the majority of the hike. Everything is easy to follow and well marked and maintained. Saw the 14ers.com crew doing their work about a mile from the top of Grays. Right when we got back to our car, about noon, the clouds were rolling in and a light sprinkle of rain was beginning. 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-27, By: Troyister
Info: The road from I-70 to the trail-head is ROUGH! It is no problem for a high clearance vehicle you just have to take it slow. They have done some grading on it the last few days, so there are loose rocks all over the road, though I imagine the pot holes are better. Trail is dry and clear and this morning the air clarity was outstanding. Climbed Grays then ridge hiked to Torreys then returned to trail-head. Trail is in great shape and very easy to follow. Had to get off the trail in the saddle between the two peaks so a mountain goat could go by. Parking at 4:30 AM was 5-6 vehicles, and when I returned at 9:10 AM it was packed and overflowing. They were also pumping the pit toilets and the smell was rank, but should be good for the pits though. This is listed as a class 2, but I had trail the whole way and would say it is more of a class 1 hike. Great day and views. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-10, By: dancool
Info: Beautiful weather and conditions for climbing up the SW slopes. Two other hikers, a couple mule deer (?) and a couple mountain goats were all that the 3 of us shared the trail with. From the top, the main trail coming up the other side looked pretty busy, on a Thursday. Drove up the Jeep trail (Chihauhua Gulch Road) and started hiking about 6am. Had to do a little bit of searching for the trail, however, the route description on this site shows very clearly the junction that we missed in photo #3. But wasn't too hard to find the trail, since we had seen the trail a little higher up while hiking and driving the day before when going to Chihauhua Lake. The trail / old jeep road ends before going up the ridge, at about photo #8 in the route description. You just have to hike up the slope where ever you see fit. Getting up this slope was more difficult than expected; it's pretty steep. When on the ridge, the route is pretty obvious - stay on top of the ridge. There is one place to climb over some rocks about 1/3 of the way up the ridge that my wife (1st 14er for her) wasn't too excited about, but made it over. Then when within about 500' of the top (maybe a bit less, I didn't see the elevation exactly), it gets pretty steep through lots of loose rocks. There is a somewhat well defined trail here but it is very difficult to follow it from below. We just climbed the rocks to the top. I think that the way we did it, it's somewhere between a difficult class 2 and easy class 3 climb for that portion. On the way down, it was much easier to see and follow the trail, and much easier hiking while on the trail. Note: from far away, that last 500' to the top looks VERY steep, but it really isn't as bad as it looks when you finally get there. The 3 of us were very happy we took this route. A very different experience than the main trail. From where we started, it was right about 3100' of climbing and 3.75 miles horizontally. 
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Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-09-05, By: bjbishop5280
Info: No snow on the ground and perfect weather on 8/4. Cool before sunrise, 40s maybe. Highs in 60s, light winds at the top mid-morning. Spectacular conditions! 
 
Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-31, By: mgilger
Info: First things first, the road to the summer trailhead is an absolute mess. It has numerous rocks and ruts in it. We were driving an Infiniti QX60 and made it up with no problem, although we still bottomed out once or twice. There was a Honda Civic right behind us that got stuck and had to turn around. Arrived at 5:50 am on a Friday and just missed the last parking spot, so parked on the side of the road. Conditions were pristine. Sunny, perfect. We took the normal route up to Grays, although it seems to me the labeled distance was a bit off (7.5 miles). By my apple watch it was 4.1 miles each way from the trailhead to the summit, making this closer to an 8.2 mile hike round trip. Great day overall 
 
Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-07-18, By: geoffrey464
Info: As stated in previous reports, the road to the summer trailhead is rocky and has multiple large ruts in it. We made it up in a Subaru Crosstrek without problems, just make sure that the driver uses the whole road and picks their line carefully and you shouldn't bottom out. 4 wheel drive is highly recommended. We arrived at 5:45am on a Thursday and got one of the last parking spots, remember to plan to get there pretty early if you don't want to add the road to your hike distance. We did the standard route up to Grays, then cut over across the ridge to Torrey's. The only snow on the trail was a 100 yd section coming down from the saddle between Grays and Torrey's back down to the main trail, with a bit of good balance and reasonable shoes its not bad. Considering that this is one of the most popular trails in CO, expect to see a lot of people (the majority of without masks). Also remember, that while this is one of the "easiest" 14ers in CO it is by no means "easy". We took our time and completed the hike in ~6 hours, just missing the afternoon thunder storms. Enjoy seeing some mountain goats while you're out there! 
 
Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-09, By: theck927
Info: The road going up to the trailhead is rocky and not paved, but is easily done by 4x4s. The trail is easy until the last bit where rockfall danger could be higher because they are loose and could slide and knock you off the trail. No snow going up but there is lots on the saddle so if you are planning on doing both be sure to be prepared for snow. 

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