Route: Standard Grays and Torreys routes, the east slopes of Grays and south slopes of Torreys
Start/End: Grays and Torreys trailhead, accessed via FR189 off the Bakerville exit of I-70
Season: While some people tackle winter ascents of Grays and Torreys, we fit in with the majority of folks and climb late summer and early fall to avoid major snow. If winter temperatures arrive early, even fall can get hairy up high on Grays and Torreys.
I’d be lying if I said I’m sad to see snow capping the Peaks of the Tenmile and Gore Ranges. In fact, I’m quite excited for winter in Colorado. But it doesn’t mean we’ve been letting the amazing Colorado weather go to waste. Just a few weeks ago, Eric and I took advantage of warm temperatures and made our first trip up Grays and Torreys, arguably two of Colorado’s most popular fourteeners (14-thousand-foot-plus mountains).
The drive to the Grays / Torreys trailhead (from the I-70 exit) was pretty stunning. Back-lit by the morning sun, golden aspen stood on either side of the narrow, dusty road. Not a surprise on a Saturday, the parking lot was nearly full by our 8:45 a.m. arrival. Deep shadows made for cool weather starting out.
Below are photos, mostly thanks to Eric, of our travels up and down Grays and Torreys.
Route information and other details are available in books and throughout the Web. We scoured 14ers.com, which had amazing info, photos, trail updates, road conditions and more.