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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    
2008-08-14 Ditto what hobo13said. On Sunday 8/10/08 I saw some 2WD at the TH. I had a Toyota Highlander with good clearance and, being cautious, I took 25 minutes to go the 3 miles so you might want to figure that into any travel plans. Beagle         
2008-08-14 Saturday 8/9/08. Drove all the way to the trailhead in a Pontiac G6. Also saw an Accord, Jetta, and BMW sedan at the trailhead (among about 100 SUVs!). Only touched bottom once and that was due to a high-centering over a ridge at 1 MPH. Don‘t believe the people saying you can‘t do it in a 2WD car -- Now whether you *want* to do it is another matter..... hobo13         
2008-07-26 Drove up to the TH on friday night. The road is rough, very eroded and rocky. You can definitely make it in 2wd if you have HIGH clearance, so pretty much any stock suv or truck. There is one big rut at the beginning, take it slow and pick a line suitable to your auto‘s clearance. other than that the road is just rocky, go slow! cfrulla         
2008-07-19 We did Grays and Torreys this morning. The road up is rough, but probably only to those who have never been to the Harvard or Massive 4WD trailheads. I got all the way to the upper parking lot in my stock 04 Cherokee without so much as touching the road with anything other than the tires. On the way up, I didn‘t even shift into 4LO. On the way down, it was useful though. There were 2 Outbacks and believe it or not a red Ford Escort at the top when we arrived. jcouts         
2008-07-10 I was up there on the 9th July. Don‘t expect to reach the trail head in a regular car, you won‘t make it. The road was worse than what was previously described to me. You need GOOD CLEARANCE. nilaoire         
2008-07-07 Road is very rutted in places. Most cars did not attempt. Highly recommend SUV, Truck, etc., with good ground clearance. trankin         
2008-07-04 There is a washed out area about 1/4 mile up the road; 2wd vehicles will have a grand ole time navigating past it. The road is rough, rocky and bone-jarring more this year than last. KeithK         
2008-07-01 Friends were up there last week, one large pothole. Would advise a vehicle with good clearance. I am up there next week will update then. nilaoire         
2008-06-10 Full access to the TH parking lot via Stevens Gulch. No snow on the road, but it still may be hard for 2W vehicles to get up there ( rough road ) polishruben         
2008-06-08 Saturday, June 07, 2008. Road to trailhead is almost completely clear except for a few small patches of snow near the parking area. Regular passenger cars are still having difficulty getting over steep rutted portion of road just a few hundred feet up from I-70. http://www.rogerwendell.com zeekzilch         
2008-06-03 The road to the TH ( Stevens Gulch ) is pretty much snow free now. Last patches of snow are located maybe 300-500 feet from the Grays Peak TH. If you have high clearance vehicle you will be able to drive all way up there. polishruben         
2008-05-22 still too rough for vehicles, large patches of soft snow. Rough ride through to trailhead on snowmobile... peaks2paddles         
2008-05-19 Drivable to Grizzly gulch road with a high clearance AWD vehicle. There is still a huge risk of getting stuck though. The last 1.5 miles are almost completely snow covered. ezsuperkev         
2008-05-18 The first mile (up to the Grizzly Gulch junction) was easily passable in a high clearance suv yesterday. Carl         
2008-05-04 Still snow-covered all the way to the TH. As of 5/3/08, there were 3 vehicles stuck/abandonded along the first mile of the road. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-04-20 Unaccessable (unless you have a sled), you must park at I-70 and hike approx. 2.8 miles to the summer trailhead. The road is well packed and snow shoes should not be needed until you reach the actual trail. Cunningham         
2008-02-18 Foot traffic has the road well packed to the trailhead but snowmobiles can only make it about 1/2 way up (1.5 miles) due to sloped snow on the road. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-01-12 At the Bakerville exit trail head as soon as we exited the interstate and looked at the road, we noticed a person stuck not less than 10 yards into the road. For all intents and purposes this road is not accessible. It isn‘t plowed and there is around 6-9 inches of snow with areas of much more. ColderThanDryIce         
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         

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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