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Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby winmag4582001 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 4:53 pm

How's the road up to the summer trailhead?
Plan on doing Kelso to Torreys in the morning.
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby 2aron » Sat Nov 09, 2013 4:57 pm

Grays summer trailhead is still drivable with 4wd....about an Inch of packed snow on road... Was up there today
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby alpinenut » Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:20 pm

2aron - Please post a TH conditions update. They are really helpful this time of year. Thanks!!
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby winmag4582001 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:56 pm

Thank you! I have a Forester so hopefully it will make it.
If anybody wants to go, I can pick you up at wooly mammoth at 7:30am, PM me.
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby winmag4582001 » Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:41 pm

Made it up/down in a stock forester with street tires. Very slippery the last quarter mile on the way down.
Kelso Ridge to Torreys is perfect right now. IMO
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby Danny504 » Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:59 pm

What's the snow situation up there? Is winter gear needed?
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby 2aron » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:52 pm

Winter gear not needed, but micro spikes are helpful
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby winmag4582001 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:55 am

I carried crampons and an axe. Didn't use the crampons and only used the axe for walking. There's snow in the gullys covering the loose scree, which is nice. The technical parts are mostly snow free.
From the summer trailhead to the ridge saddle is all packed snow.
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby justiner » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:27 pm

offchance anyone lose a Nikon lens cover on Kelso Ridge recently?
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby justiner » Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:02 pm

I was up there, today. No inhaler. ;)

I did Kelso just with trail runners, although I brought an axe and some microspikes. There's certainly places where both could be beneficial, but it sort of just boils down to how you like to do the route, what you're comfortable with, etc. I mostly stayed away from most all the snow, opting to scramble up any rock that look fairly cemented in place - there's plenty of that after the first part and the rock has plenty of holds, if you take the time to study it.

For the last part after the white rock, where there is a dusting (well, a little more than that...) I just skittered up it as quick as I could. Not sure if that's the best technique, but hey, worked for me! It looks like there's way more snow on the ridge from the trail junction than there is, which is somewhat the norm for the route: you're usually on the right of the ridge, which is also (usually) the windward side, which is also not so snowy.

Anyways, great time, never felt insecure with any of the route - nice pleasant day, once out of the wind!
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby winmag4582001 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:37 am

marcstrawser wrote:
winmag4582001 wrote:I carried crampons and an axe. Didn't use the crampons and only used the axe for walking. There's snow in the gullys covering the loose scree, which is nice. The technical parts are mostly snow free.
From the summer trailhead to the ridge saddle is all packed snow.


Interesting, just did it Thursday and there were parts where I stepped into 3 foot snow drifts toward the top before the knife. Must have blown out since then? Couldn't have done some without my spikes, never took the crampons out of the bag though. Ice axe was beneficial for sure in at least 3 sections, including the final pitch. The knife had about a foot of snow on the left side somehow as well, was that still there? 2 weeks ago even the difficult sections were covered, odd how quickly things change.

I did lose my inhaler at the summit, wonder if anyone found that?


There was a good amount of snow for about 50 vertical feet before you get to the final wall before the knife edge. Just went straight up and then at the very top, cut right. Spikes would have been OK, but I didn't run into very much icy stuff. There was still snow on the left side of the knife edge and all the way up to the summit. The white rock was slippery but not dangerous if you watched your step and hand holds.
There looked to be some old footprints in the snow, they were probably yours.
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Re: Grays/Torreys Trailhead?

Postby hardtryer » Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:27 am

do you have any pics looking west? from the summit? curious on how those chutes are filling in.

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