|Peak:||Grays Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||05/15/2012|
We got a late start and left the trail head at around 8:30. There wasn't much snow until we got to the fork in the trail that leads up to Torreys. From there, the snow was a few inches deep all the way up to the summit. In the morning hours the snow was decent but in a few areas it consisted of a hard crust with loose dry snow underneath. In the afternoon very warm temperatures started to have its affect on the snow. It started to get very wet, loose, and slushy. Micro Spikes were helpful on the way up but when the snow turned to slush they didn't help much on the way down. There were plenty of hikers that did just fine without traction devices. I spotted a group going up Dead Dog Coulior that summited around 900. There was some slide activity on the south aspect of Torreys so if you want to get your coulior climb in, you better get an alpine start.