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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    
2007-11-24 ~3" of snow on the road but no problem for a 4WD vehicle. Some patches of ice below the snow here and there. I got all the way to the parking lot with a stock ‘05 Xterra today, 11/24/07. Coming back out is slick so go slow! turd fergason         
2007-11-11 Drove to the TH today, It is mostly melted out, but the road has some VERY packed ice that was a little tricky on the way down. No snowbanks or anything. High clearance only. jcwhite         
2007-10-22 Couldn't get my 2WD car more then a few hundred feet up the road to the TH but we hiked up there and we did see a 4WD Toyoda make it to the TH. The TH is covered in snow and when we hit about 12,500-13,000 elevation we were walking through about 3 ft of snow with drifts up to 5 ft. Walking to the TH adds 6 miles (round trip) to the hike. It was a lot of fun though!  rferrier         
2007-10-20 Ended up turning around as the road heading up to the TH was pure ice. My Jeep did alright until I got to the early washout. Then as I turned to go to the side of the washout the Jeep's front started sliding downhill. It was quite the task to get it straight again as I slid 50 yards down the road before I could get it pointed downhill. Be wary. jmd_10         
2007-10-12 Drove to Gray's Peak trailhead (Steven's Gulch) 11OCT07. We were in a 4WD pickup and had no trouble. I would not take a non-4WD vehicle as the road continues to deteriorate but, we did see a sedan at the trailhead so it is still possible if you have little regard for you cars undercarriage and a lot of patience. JMTracker         
2007-10-03 Drove up on Sept. 19th with 4WD Trailblazer. There was one washout section early on which was rough, but doable. Otherwise, the road was bumpy but fine. I saw one small Kia make it up although he bottomed out several times. scatman         
2007-09-09 I took my subaru forrester up a year ago and then again yesterday; I think what people say about the road is an overstatement, as I had no real problems and never scraped bottom. I do agree that your typical passenger car would have issues, but even then I think it would be possible (my forrester doesn't have that much clearance). breezytrees         
2007-08-26 I went up today 8-26-07 and the road has a few spots of uneven surface that can cause smaller cars to bottom out. I would suggest 4WD vehicals. Although we made it to the trail head in an outback but we did bottom out twice but car is still working. ells124         
2007-07-31 I own a Chevy Cavalier and I wasn't prepared to take it up to this trailhead (especially since I had to drive it all the way back to Wisconsin). Just park at the bottom by the interstate and stick out a thumb and someone will usually give you a ride to the trailhead. I saw a civic with a missing front bumper at the top, so it is possible. But what's the point of messing up your car! kappakamp         
2007-06-28 After you hit .3 miles from I-70 there is a scary looking run off gulch from right to left. I have a 2001 Camry and made it past there with a spotter, and had a slow but good run to the trailhead Bresch         
2007-06-25 The road is entirely dry, but it is not easy for a passenger car (e.g., Honda, Mazda, etc) to get very far past 70. It is possible, but you will likely scrape the bottom of your vehicle and possibly damage something. usfgal         
2007-06-18 Open to trailhead jamin1377         
2007-06-01 no big change wide snowfield, not passable unless you take a large risk to get stuck on the way out. See Trip Reports for a pic. IridePow         
2007-05-27 Still blocked by snow about 1/4 mile above the old, red building and nearly 1 mile from the end of the road. Looks like it could be another week or two before it melts. billmiddlebrook         
2007-05-16 I was up there a week ago (5/10) and the road to the trailhead was still socked in with snow. I was only able to make it a mile up the road in a stock Cherokee 4x4. goblue0910         
2007-05-02 Hiked up to the summer trailhead today. Cannot ski the entire road back down, has a couple of fairly long bare spots. Saw some vehicle tracks that made it a little more than half way up then they turned around. the last mile snowshoes are not needed but helped. bmratc         
2007-03-17 Trailhead is at Bakerville, road is very packed, no snowshoes needed. Skied from summit to car. jcwhite         
2007-01-01 the road to the trailhead is snowed in all the way back to I-70, but has been packed down by snowshoe/ski/snowmobile traffic. Still, snowshoes recommended. Can ski out from 12,000 to parking! mtnmike         
2006-10-02 drove up with a Tacoma pickup this past weekend 9/30, and it wasn't too bad with a high clearance vehicle. there were definately cars that made it, but it takes a good half hour at least to drive the 3.8 miles. our average speed was around 8-10 miles an hour. gitsumpottery         
2006-08-10 Drove up to TH with a rented Chevy Areo (tiny, tiny car). The trail is definitely rough and you must take your time but saving 3 miles (6 total) is certainly worth it. ray06         
2006-08-09 Drove up on July 31st. I personally would not drive a passenger car up this road. It can be done if you are careful and I saw several cars at the TH, but you better have some offroad/4wd experience to help you pick your way through the rough spots. renobob         
2006-05-29 The road is totally free of snow to the trailhead. griz         
2006-05-24 A little snowy in places, nothing any SUV couldn't get through, and some cars, but with the way the weather has been it'll be free a clear to everything in no time at all. rtichota         
2006-05-15 Met a few guys on top of Torrreys. They told me they could drive almost to the summer trailhead. Just about 1/4 mile short. They did it with a Subaru Forester. muellero         
2006-05-04 You can drive up 2 miles up the road before hitting snow, if you have a decent 4x4 jcwhite         

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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