|Peak:||Grays Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||01/02/2012|
We made it to within 1.2 miles of the summer trail head making the round trip distance about 10 miles and the elevation gain approximately 3500 feet. The entire trip is doable without snowshoes due to the lack of snow. This lack of snow made it possible to stay on the summer trail, even as it passed below the ever dicey slopes of Kelso. Be sure to reevaluate the avy conditions before staying on the summer trail and passing below Kelso Mountain. We used traction devices for the upper part of the route since most of the trail is snow that has frozen into ice. The upper part of the route is on a slope is more North facing than East and does not see much sun this time of year. Multiple groups were successful on Kelso Ridge today, hopefully they will post.
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