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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 itís 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. Itís 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 11,280í. 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    
2010-05-22 Trailhead is mostly melted off with a few small patches of snow. Our Xterra was able to get through it just fine, and made it within 100 yards of the summer trailhead where we encountered a drift we feared getting stuck in. Probably would not attempt to drive through the drifts with a low 2WD car, but the snow that is left shouldn‘t take long to melt off. crossfitter         
2010-05-15 Made it 1.5 miles up the road in my stock Durango. If you swing left of the deep ruts just past were everyone was parked the road is mostly bare past all the cabins up to about 1/2 mile from the summer trailhead. the snow is real loose at that point and I saw no evidence of anyone getting further than that since all the recent snow. these guys were stuck at the 1/2 mile point this was as far as I saw any evidence of vehicles up the road. shadez  3       
2010-05-11 we saw a 4 wheel drive ranger pick up had made it to the summer trial head. still some big areas of deep snow. but tonights storm may change things. Moboy56         
2010-04-18 Trail is passable to about 1 mile from summer trail head with high clearance 4x4. Vehicle in front of us used chains to get this far, we stayed in their tracks and were able to get their without issue. There has been a significant amount of melting on the road and unless it gets very cold or we get new snow you should be able to make it to the summer trailhead with a 4x4 vehicle without issue by next weekend. hberry         
2010-04-17 Road still impassable at the first switchback... although it looks like lots have tried. The road is snow/ice free up to the first switchback and looked like it was drivable to the first fork if you could get through that first switchback. The rest of the road was fairly decent with just a few spots that looked hairy all the way to the summer trailhead. A couple more weeks at least. shadez  4       
2010-03-13 Most vehicles parked at the Winter trailhead. 4 made it to the small parking lot about 20 minutes walk up Stevens gulch rd. No vehicles at the summer trailhead. Some very slick solid ice spots could have you upside down in the trees, not worth it. Leave early and park at the winter trailhead. LeeM  2       
2010-02-12 Made it all the way to the Trailhead and parking area. Be careful not to get sucked off to the sides. The road now is snowpacked and narrow with some ruts in the deeper snow. Not too much snow on most of the road and even some bare stretches. piper14er  1       
2010-02-06 Made it within a mile of TH, close to 1/2 mile with our 2001 Toyota Sequoia 4WD. Many people got stuck trying to go too far, when you see a place to turn around, use it. Be smart and you'll be fine. travis19877         
2010-02-04 Made it to within 1/2 mile of the summer TH in a Nissan Xterra 4WD. Layne Bracy         
2010-01-30 Was still able to drive to the Grizzly Gulch turn-off (4x4 probably recommended). Many vehicles are driving further, but are getting stuck. I don‘t recommend driving any further than the Grizzly Gulch turn-off. Kirk Mallory         
2010-01-18 Gorgeous day! I would have loved to summit Grays but unfortunately I was that lucky guy that got stuck in the PARKING LOT! I have 4 wheel drive with chains on but it did no good. My suggestion, along with the previous, is to park at the fork about a mile up from the winter lot. Looked gorgeous... hope that somebody enjoyed it! wwarfel         
2010-01-16 Oh, it's doable allright. But it's not necessarily easy. Got the AWD SUV up it, all season M&S tires. The ice section was easy b/c it's flat. Going up to the parking lot was not bad; a number of cars there. Going down was harder. We got off the track (dispite prior posts about that -- very easy to do.) There was one guy up there that apparently had to call a tow truck to get unstuck -- in the parking lot! And one well known 14ers member was smarter than many, and parked at the Grizzley Gulch turn off and walked the two miles -- even though he has a 4wd SUV. So, doable, with caveats. Dancesatmoonrise         
2010-01-09 Surprisingly the road to Stevens Gulch remains drivable to 4WD vehicles. It is snowpacked from Bakerville so I would not recommend 2WD. Bakerville to Grizzly Gulch is snowpacked and well consolidated, plenty of room to park and turn vehicles around at the road split. 4WD recommended, clearance not required. From Grizzly Gulch to about 1/2 mile from TH the snow gets a little deeper and gets rutted, 4WD and clearance recommended though an Outback made it. One bad icy patch about a mile above Grizzly Gulch. The last half mile to the summer parking was blocked by a drift, but one vehicle busted through it later in the day. If you do drive the road be careful! Chicago Transplant         
2010-01-01 I drove part of the way to the Steven‘s Gulch Trailhead today, parking at the Grizzly Gulch turn off and skiing up from there. The road is mostly snowpacked, with a few bare spots (most notably a section that is about 100ft long, directly in front of the second slide path). Although I ended up skiing part of the access road, at this time it is still passable the entire way to the trailhead by any all wheel drive vehicle (I saw a low-clearance Subaru at the trailhead). Skiing conditions on the road were rather mediocre. The road can be skied without damaging your equipment, but you‘ll need to portage the bare areas, and watch for protruding rocks. coloradokevin         
2009-12-27 Drove to the trailhead in my Xterra in 4x4 but necessary only in a few spots. Snow packed and a couple icy patches. comin2getcha         
2009-12-12 Just got back from Grays. I was able to drive all the way up to the TH in my Xterra with chains in the rear tires. Something with AWD like a Subaru with chains should have no problems. zoriloco         
2009-10-25 Okay, the ice is on Forest Road 189 (road south side of I-70 @ Exit 221) before you get to either Trailhead. Just learning to read maps...haha. jblaydes         
2009-10-25 Sorry, my last post should read Grizzly Gulch TH. Newbie error jblaydes         
2009-10-25 10/24/2009 - Stevens Gulch trailhead with snow and some ice. Made it up in Subaru, but the ice on the way down, close to the beginning of TH, made it impossible. A couple of trucks had issues too. Use caution or stay to the sides in the ruts to work you way past the ice patch. Happy climbing! jblaydes         
2009-10-24 Drove up to the Stephens Gulch TH on Monday, 10/19/09 in my xTerra with no issues. Very little standing snow on the road at that time. Odysseus         
2009-09-30 09/30/09 Clear. no rut,no problems. made it all the way up in my friend‘s corolla. waller19         
2009-09-19 The big rut and potholes have all been graded away. The road is back to "normal", meaning a passenger car can get to the trailhead if driven carefully. Jim Davies         
2009-09-19 The road is in good shape -no ruts, small loose rocks. The road equipment is still parked at the bottom of the road, so they may be doing more work. Saw a Prius and a Porsche at the trailhead. cougar         
2009-09-14 I hiked Grays and Torreys on Monday, Sept. 14th. While driving down the road to 70 after completing the hike, I saw many construction workers with big equipment, bulldozers, graders, etc. working on the road to the TH. This was around 1:30 Monday afternoon. While I did take my Honda Accord to the TH, I would not do so again. There were a few other cars at the TH as well. On the way down, I got out of my car to remove some boulders, rocks that were dislodged because of the construction work. In short, I definitely agree with Bill‘s suggestion that a vehicle with clearance is the appropriate one to take up to the TH. Thanks sad2         
2009-09-13 I went up Grays Peak today, 091309, and it doesn‘t appear they went any farther than where Ken Dammen saw them doing work three days ago. The "ruts" however are gone and several passenger cars were at the trailhead. zoomie83         

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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