Torreys Peak  
Condition Updates  
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. 
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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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-01-01, By: Will_E
Info: Summitted Torrey's today from the I-70 lot. The road to the summer TH was in pretty good condition in the morning, if you had chains you could likely have driven to the top. when I got back down there was maybe 2"-4" of new snow on the road. I'm not gonna attempt it, but I think its possible. I was surprised how little snow is on the trail after seeing what LaPlata and Crestone Needle look like the past few weeks, its very thin most of the way. There was a pretty useable trench on the way up, but wind scoured it pretty good by the time I was down. Still very little need for flotation, I had snowshoes on for maybe a mile in each direction. Beyond that I was in micro spikes all day. Good times. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-11-18, By: thurs
Info: Kelso Ridge was in good shape. We brought crampons and axes but didn't need them. Major ridge features are all dry. Some snow on the dirty loose gulleys and slopes, climbed a few snow patches without traction (inconsequential terrain). Snow on the route, where it exists, is a few inches of hard wind slab (windward side) or loose melt-freeze stuff (lee side). Looking around, the east-facing couloirs have picked up plenty of windblown snow which looks to have formed hard slabs. There is a cornice across most of Torreys but the the other side is blown clear. Standard trail has a couple inches of snow and ice on most of the trail but is fine without traction. Only a couple snowfield crossings towards the saddle. Above the saddle, the terrain is clear of snow for both Greys and Torreys. We drove to the upper TH (see the TH Conditions Report) Obviously this will all change in a few days, but that's the current state of the snowpack that the coming storm(s) will build off of. 
Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2019-11-09, By: clairekm
Info: There is a well packed and easy to follow trail for the standard route of the G&T combo. Flotation is not necessary, but spikes were very helpful. We encountered coyotes on both the way up and down in the area near the turn off for Kelso Ridge. If you are hiking with your dog, be aware and keep your dog on a leash. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-11-07, By: hikecolorado1
Info: The trailhead leading up to the saddle was packed down and well traveled. No snowshoes required. Once on the ridge the snow and ice was very dispersed until about 1300ft. Stayed on the ridge proper most of the way until the snow and ice became a nuisance around the backside of Torreys. A lot of snow and ice the last 1/5 of the route. Looped around and took the saddle between the peaks down. Well packed and easy to navigate. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-17, By: denverfromdenver
Info: Route is still doable without traction. The final third class climbing section before the knife edge was starting to fill in with a small layer of snow, but there were exposed rocks to provide ample holds. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-06, By: gsmhikerdude
Info: Climbed Kelso Ridge. No need for ice axe or crampons yet as the whole route is still dry. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-05, By: bigredmachine
Info: Started at noon so I'm not sure what conditions were like early, but I dealt with no ice or snow whatsoever. Although it was a fairly windy day in general, KR was mostly protected and not bad at all. The decent from Torrey's to the Grays/Torrey's saddle was not however. I would guess 30-40 mph winds from the summit to the saddle. The basin is very pretty right now 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-29, By: Roseb
Info: Report from yesterday mentioned the entire ridge covered in snow. Climbed it today and did not see anything until immediately after the knife edge. Most of the route depicted in photo #30 was covered in substantial snow and ice, making this move feel extremely sketchy without any traction. From the looks of it, seems to be several inches and with the aspect I'd be surprised if it melts out before winter. The willows in the valley are a nice yellow/gold color right now as well, making things look quite beautiful. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-28, By: gatorquest
Info: Dusting of snow as soon as you start on the kelso ridge, increasing to pretty much full coverage further up. It had snowed the night before so not sure how much will melt off but highly recommend bringing traction just in case. Would not have felt comfortable whatsoever without my microspikes 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-22, By: The_Ramp
Info: Kelso ridge completely dry and free of snow all the way up. The snow that was mentioned on previous conditions reports from last month was nowhere to be seen. We started at 0515 from down the road a bit from the TH (lot already full) and hiked by moonlight - no headlamp needed! Hit the ridge right as the alpenglow was peaking. Lots of people on the standard route but we were by ourselves once we turned off to the ridge route except for a couple guys we passed early on. Minor winds on the ridge and on the summit. Heavier winds descending Torreys to the saddle and then up to Grays. Took us a little over 6 hours to do Kelso, summit Grays, and descend the standard route. Colors are just starting to change and not a cloud in the sky. Beautiful day in the hills! 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-16, By: bergsteigen
Info: Last did this route in 2012, and decided to not look at the route description, or conditions. Go adventure style. When I saw the snow on the regular part of the route, just below the knife edge, I dodged around the corner to the left/south. Rock there is loose and janky, but doable. Group behind me went a similar way, and I was able to tell them the best route up from my perch above. I was breaking in new boots, and class 4 slabs didn't feel in the boots wheelhouse yet. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-05, By: supranihilest
Info: Kelso Ridge is dry almost all the way to the knife edge. There's a small strip of snow blocking the trail right by the slab/angled rocks in the route description (photos 23-26) but it is easily bypassed; if you don't wish to go over the snow, which has ice under it, then you can climb the slab/angled rocks at Class 4 instead. They're very smooth but there are holds everywhere that you need them. Other than that small amount of snow there's none to worry about. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-03, By: bosnian2014
Info: One small somewhat exposed section of about 10-15 ft before knife edge still has some snow. relatively easy to navigate - brought traction and did not use it. Route dry otherwise. 
Route: South Paw
Posted On: 2019-08-02, By: Posthole Pete
Info: Excellent conditions for August. With no recent freeze we were a little worried the snow would be a little mushy but only encountered a couple foot slips. The snow was still very easy to kick step. There was no evidence of a recent boot pack so we blazed our own trail. Stuck mostly to the firm snow in the runnels. Only areas of concern were towards the top. Early sun exposure made things mushy in some spots at the top. There were also a couple of spots where the snow was cracking/seperating from itself (almost like a crevasse). Those spots might be avoidable if you take the early route out to the left but then you would have to deal with the cornice. Going straight to the top, the cornice is completely avoidable. Got to the apron at about 6 and topped out at 650 or 7. Not sure how much longer the snow will be there so go get it!!! 
Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2019-08-03, By: kspitzer1987
Info: I did the Grays/Torreys Combo, summiting Grays first, then Torreys, and there was no snow on any of the main trails or either summit. The only snow was after descending Torreys and taking the shortcut from the saddle back down to where the Grays/Torreys trails intersect. The path through the snow was well-carved with lots of footprints, but I would still recommend either spikes or trekking poles. I used just poles going down and had no problems. Lots of folks were going up the snow path to summit Torreys first because they didn't have spikes or poles, and they said there were no problems going up the snow, but going down was pretty slick so be careful. Aside from that 100-200 yards through the snow though, the trails and both summits were in perfect summer condition. The Steven's Gulch dirt road was open all the way up to the trailhead. I had no issues with a stock F150, but would not recommend driving a car up this road. Something with decent ground clearance is a must. 

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