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 Peak:  Grays Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  lafutura
 Date of Information:  01/04/2012
 Date Posted:  01/04/2012
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big thanks to sdkeil for his right on the money peak conditions report. if you are thinking about heading up there, do it! just be prepared for a really long day (took us 8 hours rt with very little time at the summit as it was too cold to hang out for long). there was one insane guy who ran up and down the peak and one couple from arkansas who parked @ i-70 and turned back a while before the summit. we didn't see anyone else. best time to experience what i understand is a normally very crowded peak!

some notes:
take very seriously the 4wd requirement to get anywhere near the trailhead. we made it to about a mile from the th, and we had 1 jeep and 1 4runner!

very little snow up there, but as is reported what is snow is icy. 3 of us had microspikes and did just fine. 1 had yaktrax and he said that he thought microspikes should be the absolute minimum. after seeing him slip and fall several times i'd have to agree.

got windier up towards the summit but nothing unreasonable.

and no snowshoes are needed anywhere. glad i didn't haul a pair up and back down with me!



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