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Grays Peak Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Front Range
14ers Served:  Grays Peak, Torreys Peak
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Normally it’s Rough 2WD to the TH but some years it gets rough and might require 4WD. It always requires good-clearance.
Directions:  Take I-70 to the Bakerville exit (#221). Leave the highway and drive south over to the dirt parking area near the start of Forest Road 189. This is the winter trailhead and, even if the upper road is open, low-clearance passenger cars should park here. It’s almost 3 miles to the summer trailhead. Reach a junction after one mile - stay straight and follow the sign for the Grays Peak trailhead. Continue another 2 miles to the trailhead at 11,280’. There are restrooms and a few dispersed camping spots near the parking area.
Winter Access:  Closed at the start of the 189 road, near I-70.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-06-21 We tried this in a Hyundai Elantra and made it to about 1.5 miles up the road with no problems. Just around the corner from the sign for "private land," we encountered some fairly large ruts that we just didn‘t want to chance in our car (first picture). We parked just below the private land sign and walked up. On the way up, we also saw a couple of places with deeper ruts due to run-off (second picture). However, we did see plenty of very similar cars at the summer TH once we made it there, so I guess it‘s all about how determined you are to drive. klg5081  2       
2015-06-19 The road to the TH is 100% clear. No Snow at all. A station wagon followed me up today without hassle. JHoughtelin         
2015-06-16 Made it all the way up to the summer trailhead today in a ‘95 Honda Accord station wagon. Trust me, you got it. gunnison_garrett14         
2015-06-13 Road is clear to the summer TH & not washed out from any of the runoff/rain. JtheChemE    1      
2015-05-31 Road is clear until about 3/4 mile from summer trailhead. High clearance vehicles could probably get even closer. With high temps this week, bet it will be fully clear by June 7. Alan Arnette         
2015-05-16 4-WD enthusiasts can‘t seem to take no for an answer and will continue to try until they break down, get stuck or finally make it all the way up..The road suffers greatly from these attempts..To each his own I guess... Fairwind         
2015-05-16 4WD can now easily make it to the Y. Will be a few more weeks IMO before summer TH is accessible. bmcqueen         
2015-05-02 95% snow covered from a few hundred feet past the I-70 parking lot but melting fast, I skied the road and had to pop the skis off to carry three times for a few short sections. On my way down I saw an F-150 or something similar that attempted the road but got stuck less than 1/2 mile from I-70. Brian Thomas         
2015-04-28 Previous conditions still present. Park at I-70 or don‘t go for the time being. +101RouteHog+         
2015-04-13 Several cars drove to the junction at 1 mile (10,300). Atruck drove considerably farther to about 10,800 but got stuck. When you‘re going up early the snow is supportable. Coming down in the pm is another matter. I parked at the .5 mile point (10,050). I was worried about a few patches of soft snow even from there. Nelson    1    
2015-04-04 The road is still impassable beyond the first switchback at 9880‘, .2 mile up the road. It is advisable not to continue beyond that. There are 3-4 short sections of dry road. No flotation required. Kevin Baker         
2014-12-24 Road and parking lot are entirely snow packed. I saw a pickup briefly get stuck trying to exit the parking lot to go up Stevens Gulch, they couldn‘t even make the very first turn out of the parking lot. I would NOT try to drive this road, stay in the lot. FWIW, I skinned up the road to the summer TH, it is entirely snow packed (by snowmobiles) until just before the summer TH. TomPierce         
2014-12-06 The road is not passable beyond the first switchback at 9880‘. It is advised to not risk getting stuck beyond this switchback until mid-spring! That hill has caused many a tow. Kevin Baker    3      
2014-11-29 Arrived Friday night and drove up the road about 200 yards before returning to the parking lot at I-70. Hiked up Saturday morning and found one other truck made it about 50 yards past our tracks before turning around as well. All foot traffic now! mwimages         
2014-11-18 I opted not to try to drive the road in 4WD Highlander - chances were high of getting stuck and I was solo, so I hiked from I-70. Two sets of tracks (not from today) had made it past the Y. One gave up at the 1.4 mile private land sign. The other got a bit farther up by the first house above the creek. bmcqueen         
2014-11-08 Barely any snow on the road. Pretty much any car can make it to the trailhead right now. At least 15 cars up there today. Jon Frohlich         
2014-10-15 Wednesday, October 15th.. A little snow on the top part of the road now but still possible with 2WD vehicles..The next cold front, it may be a different story...There was only one car in the upper parking lot, a rare sight... Fairwind  2       
2014-10-04 Drove up to the upper trailhead in a 2wd P/U truck..Road rough but passable. A light dusting of fresh snow above 11,000. The upper parking lot was able to accommodate all the cars... Fairwind         
2014-09-18 The only reason I attempted this in my car (rear wheel drive/very low clearance), is due to the recent favorable reports. My car did make it all the way, and I didn‘t even scrape the bottom. I will say that just because I was able to make it, doesn‘t mean I would recommend it. A lot of skilful maneuvers, and even more luck was required. A front wheel drive with maybe about 8" or more of clearance should be fine ( I had about half that in clearance). Probably explains why people looked at me like I had two heads when I was pulling in. cpb145         
2014-09-02 Road definitely much improved from earlier in summer updates. We took a jeep 4x4 rental, but a skilled driver could pretty easily get a low clearance vehicle up to the top trailhead. rob runkle         
2014-09-01 made it to summer th in my toyota corolla, but took a lot of care and route planning. if you do not have experience on roads like this i do not recommend it. there are a lot of places you could do damage to a low clearence vehical exspecially on the way down when half the road is blocked by parked cars. leaving your options limited Lute82         
2014-08-29 Follow up to polar‘s TH update... I was in a Honda sedan that made it to the Grays TH this AM. I‘ve never been on this road before so I can‘t say how it compares to previous, but I‘m assuming it has been worked on. A confident driver who goes slow and picks the right path will do fine in a 2WD sedan. We bottomed out once on the way up, once on the way down, but nothing too crazy. Kelly M    3      
2014-08-29 Road to the upper parking lot has definitely been worked on. I drove an old (low clearance) Subaru Outback to the upper lot today. Saw a Honda sedan there as well. Definitely doable in a low clearance car now, just need to be careful and go slow i spots. polar         
2014-08-24 The goal of repairing the road was to allow the Forest Service contractor to be able to pump out the toilet at the trailhead and to allow emergency vehicle access if needed. If that has been accomplished, that‘s all we can expect.. Fairwind         
2014-08-23 Sorry to post another update for this TH but there seems to be conflicting information. Potholes/ruts by the private property sign have definitely been fixed. Road is now rough 2wd/real Easy 4wd. Any 4wd or subaru will make it no problem. 2wd should be okay just be a little more conservative with your line in a few spots. Double Oh Seven    1      

Pulling into the trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-09-02)The upper parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-09-02)The start of the trail and bridge (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-09-02)Grays Peak TH (10–21–07) (Added by: rferrier on 2007-10-22)Right after the parking lot TH (Added by: polishruben on 2008-06-05)The infamous "rut" (Added by: schumi248 on 2008-09-18)The upper trail head parking lot by the bridge (Added by: ColoradoKrazy1 on 2009-05-09)The upper trail head parking lot by the bridge 5/8/09 (Added by: ColoradoKrazy1 on 2009-05-09)Bridge (Added by: xavier3181 on 2012-05-21)


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