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|2016-11-24||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Extremely windy going up Grays! Snow is mostly windblown and only ankle or so deep. Few deep sections can be avoided, so flotation/snowshoes not needed or useful. Less windy going up Torreys from the saddle.
|2016-11-12||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: We did the the non-standard SW Ridge route. We were able to drive the full 2 miles up the Chihuahua Gulch road in a Tacoma. There was no snow to speak of on the SW Ridge ascent. On the traverse over to Torreys there was a couple inches of snow on the trail but our microspikes stayed in our packs. We descended down Torrey's west ridge to the saddle with Grizzly Peak. Some snow here too but still didn't use our microspikes. Followed the Chihuahua Gulch back to the car. This is a fun loop for those looking for some more solitude and adventure on Grays & Torreys.
|2016-11-12||Route: East Slopes
Info: Road is still open to the trailhead. I would recommend microspikes, those who didn't have them had a very hard time. Only a few inches on trail.
|2016-10-31||Route: South Ridge
Info: barely any snow or ice, a few old drifts near the top. started at 11:30 and was down by 5:30
|2016-10-20||Route: East Slopes
Info: Trail has minimal snow until around 12,400'; past that there's a layer of about 3-4". Microspikes were nice to have.
|2016-10-16||Route: East Slopes
Info: Wow, what a beautiful day for a hike. There were a couple ruts in the road up to the trailhead -- so if you don't have 4-wheel drive that might be difficult to pass, especially as snowfall increases. As of right now though, no snow was present on the road. We started at about 8:15 in morning and were finished by 3:00. Microspikes were definitely not required, but would have been nice in some of the more icy/packed snow patches along the trail. Apart from the occasional monstrous wind gusts up above 13,500 ft, conditions were beyond ideal for a nice little half-day autumn escapade.
|2016-10-15||Route: East Slopes
Info: Hiked Grays Peak on 10/15/16. Late start, so left the trail head at the bridge around 1:15pm. Never needed microspikes. There were some spots where they could have been useful, but decided to keep them in the bags. Weather was quite windy on the way up, but mellowed out on the way down. Day was beautiful. My fiancee was not really wanting to hike, but she pushed forward. Her lack of desire slowed us down a little, so we summited about 4:30pm. We decided to save Torreys for another day. We got a good downhill jog in through the switchbacks, but then her knees really started hurting and our speed slowed tremendously. She pretty much limped down the rest of the way, so we hit the bridge around 7:00pm.
|2016-09-26||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Did Grays today, would have done Torreys but time-limited due to plans back in Denver. Snow on trail in some few areas higher up, no ice, and great weather. Most of trail up to wooden Grays/Torreys sign free of snow except around stone steps. I picked up a set of microspikes before heading out this morning but never needed them - any places where you could not avoid snow had steps already kicked in. Of course, this is a personal risk assessment, so not all may agree.
|2016-09-25||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: Awesome hike! Here a few bits of information I collected today: Road to the Trailhead: Dirt road essentially straight from the I-70 exit. Easily passable for the first two miles with a few ruts and rocks in the road that might make a 2WD vehicle feel a little iffy. At about two miles in, there is a stretch where the potholes span the whole width of the road, and they are DEEP. In a Subaru Outback, I had to be careful navigating these -- not going to fib, I bottomed out going up and coming back later, but was still able to pass. In the afternoon, I noticed that all the low clearance/2WD vehicles were parked right around this area. Trailhead: I arrived at 5:45AM. There were still lots of open spots, but the folks were coming for sure. The Trail: Cold morning. The trail is really well-maintained, and you can easily follow it from bottom to top. No issue there. From about 13,000 ft up, snow has started to stick. I didn't have my spikes with me, but if I could do it over, I would have brought them. Trekking poles were helpful especially on the descent from the peaks. Bring layers - that wind is ICY up there!
|2016-09-11||Route: East Slopes
Info: Small patches of ice near the top of the trail, very easy to avoid as long as you watch your step. I tried poking some holes in them with trekking poles to test the softness, and they were pretty soft. Started out at 4:40am, and soon as I got above treeline I could see clouds to the ESE, but otherwise, it was clear. Gradually the cloud cover built up until over the half the sky was shrouded by 10am. Got some nice sunrise shots of the clouds! It was gusty and windy. Sometimes the gusts were so strong I was knocked back a little (weight: 110 lbs). A strong gust took my favorite hat with neck flaps, but I luckily still had a neck gaiter and woolen hat underneath. The forecast calls for precip the next several days, so this may have been the last summer day.
|2016-09-07||Route: Kelso Ridge
Info: No snow on the Kelso Ridge route. Minimal snow on the way down from Gray's.
|2016-09-05||Route: East Slopes
Info: Perfect day. Clear, great visibility. Windy at the top but otherwise nearly perfect weather. There was snow at the top but not so much that you could not find a way to easily avoid it. The kids hiked in running shoes.
|2016-09-04||Route: East Slopes
Info: I also hiked on Sept. 4th. I agree with the snow conditions on the switchbacks. It starts about half way up the final switchbacks to Grays. Trekking poles help but you can pass on the loose rocks next to the snowy trails. As for parking, do not stop around the 1.4 mile mark from I70 if you see other cars parked there. I also made the mistake of parking and walking an extra 1.5 miles to the trailhead. I attached several photos of the rut. Numerous minivans and stock SUVs got passed it by going around then to the driver's left.
|2016-09-04||Route: East Slopes
Info: My wife and I hiked this on Sunday, Sept. 4th. The initial weather reports were that it was going to be clear all day, but that changed very quickly. Weather patterns were changing on the slope every 15 minutes from sleet to rain to sunshine and wind. Overall, the conditions of the trail are quite good. There is hard snow pack from about ~13,250ft and up. This was quite slick on the way down without traction, but quite do-able. There are plenty of rocks on the side that are not covered if you prefer. RE: Parking, don't make our mistake and assume you need to park when you see a few cars parked on the side already. There were plenty of spots in front of where we parked, including 1 last spot at the trailhead. Enjoy!
|2016-08-30||Route: East Slopes
Info: Snow on Grays down to about 13,000'. Traction is useful, but not necessary. I didn't use any, but made steady progress by kick stepping and using the rocks along the edge. Grays/Edwards ridge has snow on the northface as well, but ridge direct looks mostly dry. Torreys standard route was dry. Bierstadt's standard route had snow as well from what I could see to about the same altitude. Other than that all of the lower peaks were all dry. Road going up has one place with a deep ruts about 1.4 miles from the TH, most low clearance cars will not make it through. It's a very short stretch, maybe 10' to 15', but deep holes, moving to the upslopeside of the road can help get through, but be careful. A line of cars were parked there on way out. The road is in good condition for the most part.
|2016-08-27||Route: East Slopes
Info: All in all a beautiful (crowded) hike, although we were surprised to find a fair amount of snow for the final third of the ascent. Really wished we had brought microspikes or crampons to avoid so much slipping and sliding, but we made do. Thankful we wore boots at least! We'll bring spikes next time.
|2016-08-16||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: The trailhead parking lot was almost full at 5:45am on a Tuesday, so get there early! The weather was brisk but warmed up quickly when the sun came over the mountains. The trail is in great shape, very easy to follow. We summited Grays Peak first with no problems, completely clear weather. We started to come down the trail toward the saddle and some dark clouds started rolling in. We met a few people along the way before our push up to Torreys that said they heard thunder. Keeping a weary eye on the clouds, we pushed up to summit Torreys. It started to snow and then about 1 minute later started hailing. Hearing some more thunder, we rushed down back to the saddle, getting pelted with small hail along the way. Once back to the trail junction, the weather seemed to calm down a bit. The rest of the way down was a mix of snow, rain, and sunshine. Keep a close eye on the clouds on these peaks because the weather changed in minutes.
|2016-08-13||Route: East Slopes
Info: I arrived at trailhead around 10:25 and reached the top around 12:30. Overall, it was a great hike and the weather was magnificent all the way up and all the way down. The road up to the trailhead was packed with cars all the way down the road. Found a spot in the top lot for parking and got really lucky. The road is very rocky and not well maintained, so make sure that your car is either 4WD, or AWD, so that way it is easier to drive up. I have a Subaru outback and it did well on the rocks. Piece of advice though; I would recommend starting out early in the morning because as the day goes on, the trail becomes very crowded. But other than that, great hike and would be a good one to get your feet wet in the adventuring of Colorado 14er's.
|2016-08-06||Route: Grays and Torreys
Info: We arrived at the trailhead parking area at 5:15 AM and the two main lots were already full. When we left at 10:45 AM, cars were parked for a mile down the road. Clear trail all the way to Grays and over to Torrey's. Route down from the saddle was also clear of snow. Road conditions up to the trailhead were slippery due to recent rains. Had to activate 4WD twice when traffic stopped and rear wheels slipped on the road. Summit was cloudy with rain, sleet, and moderate 20 mph wind gusts. View cleared up below 13,500 feet. Still fun to summit with non-convective weather!
|2016-08-01||Route: East Slopes
Info: I counted 8 paper or cardboard signs on the summit. If you need to hold up a cardboard sign in your summit photo, don't worry, you're set. If you're hiking with a group of 8, and you all need to hold a sign, you're good. One of the signs included the elevation in meters, so if you don't like imperial units, you'll still be alright. One of the signs was laminated, so if there's a torrential rain storm, that one should still be there. A 9th sign said "Torreys peak", so if you're unsure which mountain you've climbed, you can do an additional photo with that one. I'm hoping that this info can help you go lighter and not carry your own sign up. I've heard that those cardboard things are really heavy, you might get so tired that you have to abandon it on the summit and add it to the pile.