Torreys Peak  
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: ladnerkm
Info: Kelso ridge is in prime condition. Only one small snowfield after the knife edge that is packed down. No traction required. 
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: Gandalf69
Info: Kelso ridge is pretty dry. Some snow up high. Rode down the snow just above the saddle. Very nice day, th was filling up around 5. 
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Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: Heading_Up
Info: Beautiful day, beautiful route. 8:00 am start after sleeping through my alarm. The slow was quite soft throughout the route. Most of y'all probably know this, but for the newbies like me, stay out of the troughs. They are much softer and deeper and harder to climb in. Dead Dog is skiable from the knife-edge, which is still filled in with snow. The snow is deep and corny. I parked just a minute walk from the parking lot, so it's still not too busy on a weekday. This was my first climb of the year, so I took it easy and enjoyed the views. 8:00 am start. 11:35 summit. 1:30 heading home. 
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Route: Emperor Couloir
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: jimmtman
Info: Climbed TF today but got a good picture of Emperor on the way out. It still looks in good shape. 
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Route: NW Face/Tuning Fork
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: jimmtman
Info: Still has lots of snow on the route. If you piece together a couple smaller snowfields there is 3000 ft of snow with only a couple short dry patches in between. We climbed up the left fork since it had snow to the summit ridge. The right fork looked to be bare near the top. My son skied down the left fork after we downclimbed some. The upper part was icy but below 12,700 ft the snow was softer with powder. Good boot pack from 13k feet up. 
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Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-06-08, By: TheseThousandHills
Info: An ice axe would have been nice for security traversing below the saddle back to the main trail. A long glissade would also be possible. 
 
Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2020-06-07, By: jmanner
Info: Dead dog is still in, getting a bit runnelled out in the lower third, there are some bergshrund-like cracks forming at around the top of the runnel area. We skied of the East Face and joined the Couloir about a third of the way down. Skied very well. 1st photo: base of the debris cone. 2nd photo: a couple hundred feet below the summit looking up at the summit, on the East Face. 
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: badams
Info: Pics tell the story. Still several spots of snow in the willows on the way to the Grays/Kelso trail junction. This is icy and unfun in the morning, and slushy/posthole prone in the afternoon sun. On Kelso Ridge itself, not a whole lot of snow except for on the E/SE side of the knife edge and one or two spots before that (totally avoidable except on the knife). It was receded from the tip of the knife edge and was sturdy enough at approximately 8am that we felt comfortable putting a boot on it (with three other points of contact, of course). The last ~50-75ft of elevation past the knife edge had snow and was really the only place I put spikes on, but at ~8:10am I could have booted it fine so strictly speaking spikes/crampons are not needed. NOTE: we did see signs of many wet slides on the Grays/Torrey basin, especially E and SE aspects. A goat (presumably) also sent several large rocks down Dead Dog couloir when we were nearing the end of Kelso, so take caution. Also saw two small wet slides around 10am on the E/SE aspect neighboring Dead Dog. Several people skied Tuning Fork (North aspect), but your mileage may vary and read up on it. The trail down from the saddle had snow up high on the N/NE face of Grays in several spots. Again spikes would help here, but I'd taken them off and was doing fine in my boots. Image 1: pic of the valley from camp Image 2: postholing at 6am, fun fun Image 4: a view of Kelso nearing the trail turnoff Image 5: looking back at first third of Kelso ridge Image 6: more of the ridge, just giving ya an idea that it's mostly dry Image 7: the final summit push has snow. and goats. Image 8, 9: the knife edge itself. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-29, By: sklumb
Info: 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. 
 
Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: gatorquest
Info: Climbed Dead Dog and descended via the standard trail. DD is still in for you skiers though it's pretty cut up and has a fair bit of avalanche debris. The approach was largely snow free with some snowy sections in the first 1.5 miles - didn't need traction for that. We threw microspikes on for the descent once we got over to Gray's and kept them on until ~12K feet. Saw lots of post holes from warmer days. We were able to make it to the summer TH just fine, snow is almost entirely gone. The road is worse than last year, there's one narrow part maybe 1 mile from the TH with deep holes - we had luck staying far to the left. 
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Route: Emperor Couloir
Posted On: 2020-05-21, By: jmanner
Info: Emperor is still pretty in, skied it today with the direct entry, the choke out of that is starting to melt out though. Skins, weren't really necessary, you could just save the weight and boot the whole thing, I ended up skining maybe only 1 mile. Dead Dog and the East face looked really good from the summit. I was able to ski through the trees down to 10,700' and avoid two creek crossings. Photo 1: looking down from the summit towards DD 2: the choke out of the direct variation. 3: the whole line. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-20, By: ulvetano
Info: Finally did Torreys via Chihuahua Gulch. The gate is locked at the Peru Creek turnoff, so adds 2.2mi each way. About a 1/2 mile from the turn, plan for lots of snow to begin. Post-holing paradise. A couple of big cornices fell during the day and ripped some sick avalanches (BOOOOM!) on SE facing slopes. Saw a moose, goats, and the avi's -- was a good day! 
 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: JephgonnaSteph
Info: A lot of snow on kelso ridge. Some slopes of snow can be as steep as 40-50 degrees. Scrambling wasn't too bad. Did the entire route with microspikes and ice axe but i would highly recommend bringing crampons. The knife edge held snow and was walkable. Overall a great hike. 
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Route: Emperor Couloir
Posted On: 2020-05-16, By: slawrence2011
Info: Great day on Torreys! The Emperor Couloir was in and lots of people were skiing it and Dead Dog today. I hiked up the easy South Slopes trail and skied down Emperor, which works as long as you only drive as far as the Grays/Torreys junction (and are aware of avalanche conditions in the colouir of course). There were a couple sections on the trail that were crossing a moderate angle snow field. I was able to do it with poles and shoes, but spikes and axe would probably be a best practice. On the ski down around noon, snow started a little hard at the summit, was about perfect from 13,500 to 12,000, then got very slushy. Only tricky thing is the track out, as there is a couple mile section with intermittent snow coverage and dry which I ended up hiking in my boots. 
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Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2020-03-17, By: angry
Info: Booted from Grays. Some snow and dry, wind scoured sections. Did not use traction or flotation. If you skied dead dog and dropped in around 930am, I have low quality video on my phone for you. 
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Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2020-03-14, By: slvonthun
Info: Trail is mostly snow covered, able to skin all the way from the road to the base of the route with only a little rock-skinning. Grays/Edwards N faces are very bare. Emperor looks like it goes. E faces are in, but could use some time to consolidate. Reactive soft wind slab formation up to 8" deep in new snow throughout the route. Upper mountain has softer/deeper snow and is, in addition to being very wallow-ey, even more concerning for small slab propagation than the lower route. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-03-08, By: wintersage
Info: Microspikes were perfectly adequate for the whole hike. I took them off during some extensive rocky sections along the way. Snow mostly lays on the slopes of Grizzly peak, but elsewhere is pretty patchy and mostly windblown. 
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-21, By: kushrocks
Info: Ridge was a little more sketchy than other winter attempts with sugar snow on top of hard pack slab snow in places. We all brought ice axes and microspikes. Crampons might not have been a bad idea. Flotation highly recommended above the summer trailhead but the "Trench" is in. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-02-21, By: crossfitter
Info: Skinned up from I-70, snow was generally hard with not much trailbreaking required. South aspects of Kelso and Torrey's highly loaded, with some whoomping on the traverse around Kelso while keeping ample distance. Was able to skin most of the way up with a short section of booting up the NE face of Gray's around a suspect slope. It would have been possible to ascend without floatation from the Kelso saddle all the way up, but there was just enough snow to make continous skinning possible. North gullies on all faces are mostly wind blown with not much snow remaining. Excellent snow conditions at the base of Emperor Couloir for ski laps. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-20, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Went to Grays as well. Wore spikes from car to summits and back. Lots of snow going down Grizzly ridge and spikes or crampons definitely needed there. Nice snow climb up gully on Torreys. Even better glissade on way back. 
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