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Torreys Peak
standard South Slopes
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Ski/Board: Intermediate, D4 / R2 / II  
Risk Factors:Exposure: Low
Rockfall Potential: Moderate  
Route-Finding: Low  
Commitment: Low  
 
Trailhead:Grays Peak
Start:11,280 feet
Summit:14,267 feet
Total Gain:3,000 feet
RT Length:7.50 miles
Duration:User Climb Times
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:7/2019
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:388 reports
Cell Signal:24 reports
Sheriff:Clear Creek: 303-679-2376
Forest:Arapaho
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Trailhead

Take I-70 to the Bakerville exit (#221). Leave the highway and drive south over to the dirt parking area near the start of Forest Road 189. This is the winter trailhead and even if the upper road is open, low-clearance passenger cars should park here. It's almost 3 miles to the summer trailhead. Continue up the Grays Peak (189) road. After 1 mile, stay straight at a junction. Continue another 2 miles to the trailhead, at 11,280'. There are restrooms and a few dispersed camping spots near the parking area.

Route

From the trailhead, cross the large bridge that spans the stream in Stevens Gulch - 1. Continue into the basin for over 1.5 miles to reach an information sign about half way into the hike - 2. Shortly after this point, hike through some bushes and across a rocky area near 12,300' - 3. The trail gradually turns left as it climbs behind a small ridge that runs south up to the east side of Grays. Above 12,600', swing left and follow the trail along the west side of the rocky ridge - 5. Continue to a trail junction above 13,200' - 6 and 7.

Leave the Grays trail and traverse ( 8 and 9) southwest to reach the Grays-Torreys saddle , above 13,700' - 10. Please stay on the trail all the way to the saddle. Once at the saddle, turn right ( 11) and follow the Torreys trail across the saddle and climb the last 1/2 mile to the summit - 12, 13 and 14.

In Winter

In winter months, the southeast side of Kelso Mountain is prone to avalanche activity which may run over the summer Grays Peak trail. Unless you're confident the snow in this area is stable, it's best to leave the trail near 11,600' and take a more direct line up through Stevens Gulch before re-joining the Grays Peak trail near 12,100'.

Skiing?

Heading down the ridge: 15
Below the saddle: 16
Looking back toward the saddle: 17

Notes

The road to the trailhead is somewhat rough, so a good clearance vehicle is recommended.
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