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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 its 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. Its 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    
2013-09-21 Made it up in my manual ‘09 Subaru Outback... Barely! Had to ride the clutch real hard. Mostly 4wd cars at the top. Saw a few 2wd cars MannKevinJ         
2013-09-18 Clear zero flood damage. jamin1377         
2013-09-06 Up by 7:15 on Friday a.m., got a parking spot. Same conditions as noted in August. Drove a rented Toyota Rav 4 with no issues, slow going masonpips         
2013-08-15 Road conditions were same as described below, but I thought I should add another note about how crowded the TH parking area, and road can be. And this was on a Thursday morning. WRadigan         
2013-08-11 Road is rough in a few spots but as others have stated, all types of vehicles attempt to make it up. I personally wouldn‘t try it in a low clearance car but that‘s just me. Note that on the weekends, the upper TH fills up by 7, maybe even earlier. hikerdawg         
2013-08-10 Road conditions were great. The idiot parked half way across the road was the problem. C‘mon man!!! rtayne         
2013-08-10 Tons of people on the trail today. I made it up in a VW Jetta, but on the way down it was really torn up just west of the Private Property (1.4 miles) sign. Probably best to have something with good clearance for the rest of the season. trollman         
2013-08-08 There were rocks protruding and potholes in abundance on this road. I had a hard time with my 2wd high clearance vehicle! Whatever government agency is in charge of maintaining this road should send the road grader out more often. dougknee         
2013-07-26 Road is in pretty decent shape. I drove a Nissan Altima to the TH and scraped twice in a severly rutted area. Lots of low-clearance vehicles in the lot when I got back to the TH. A good driver in a low-clearance vehicle can make it with no problems, just take it slow. Greg YEAH         
2013-06-28 Road to TH is in good condition compared to previous years post winter state. No major obstacles in the road. Any small SUV or ambitious sedan can make the TH parking lot no problem. Saw plenty of small Cars at the TH including a mid 80‘s Toyota Carolla. Andymcp1         
2013-06-22 road is dry now - last bit of the avalanche drift melted today. Most of the road is rough but typical. Some small ruts but nothing big. cougar         
2013-06-15 A very large Dodge Ram turbo diesel make it through the snow area Friday afternoon as we scouted the road for a Saturday climb. On Saturday morning a Ford mid size pick up was extracting a Dodge Grand Cherokee‘s failed attempt. As I hiked up, the Ford passed us obviously successful traverse. The ruts in the snow are deep and all but very high clearance vehicles will bottom out. I saw the Toyota mentioned in the 6/14 report going out as well as a different Grand Cherokee. You need very high clearance, skill, and luck. I and others wisely decided to park down from the snow 2.1 (gps) from the winter lot. ALSO, this road is not one to take on with the Wagon Queen Family Truckster yet people attempt and make it. I saw a Toyota mini-van up there. Wheel spinning has led to deep holes and washboard at 1.6 to 1.7 mi. from the winter lot. These became worse just Friday to Saturday. DanandDad         
2013-06-14 The avalanche blockage still exists (30 yards or so). We hitched up with a Toyota Tundra that was able to make it past. They were the only car at the summer TH yesterday. I wonder how they got back through once things softened up in the afternoon. A 4WD Honda Pilot got stuck trying to get past around 11:30AM. Hopefully things will melt out in the next couple weeks. Until then, get there early to claim your spot. joelsteidl         
2013-06-11 Made it all the way to the summer TH. The snowfield at 10,800 is passable with high clearance 4wd. The biggest obstacle is returning back down and everyone parked wherever they feel like on (many nearly completely blocking) the narrow road. FatBaxter         
2013-06-05 Road is passable for 2wd vehicles for approx 2mi from I-70. Road is blocked by avalanche debris mentioned below and will likely stay that way for quite some time. Parking is limited. Closure is at ~10,800‘. Road is almost completely melted beyond this point; skiers will most likely want to bring trail runners to hike to summer TH and possibly beyond. adrenalated    4 1    
2013-05-12 There‘s about 12-18" of snow on the road to the Stevens/Grizzly split. It‘ll probably be a couple weeks until you can drive to that point. There‘s still about 8‘ of snow and debris covering the road where the avalanche came down, which is about 100yds up from the bunk house. That may take awhile to melt away. winmag4582001    2 1    
2013-04-21 Avalanche in the last week off of north side of Kelso Mountain has considerable debris covering the road in the middle of the 1.4 miles of private land. It could be a while this year to get to the summer TH. bmcqueen  1  4 1    
2013-03-10 No one parked higher then the parking lot right off I70. There were a few tire tracks going up, but after about a mile the tire tracks were gone. Michaelduha         
2013-02-16 You can safely drive to the Stevens/Grizzly intersection with a 4x4/AWD with good winter tires. You could make it to the old bunk house with some aggressive driving. Past that youd probably need chains and alot of power. The road above the bunk house has 3-8" of snow covering hard pack underneath. First pic is the summer trailhead, the second is a stuck 4runner about 400yds above the bunk house, third is a view of Kelso Ridge to Torreys. winmag4582001  3       
2013-02-09 Drove all the way to the summer trailhead in a 4x4 Jeep. During the day it snowed a few inches and made for a fun trip back down. Looks like several cars had attempted the drive throughout the day and failed. Conditions for us were a little slick but not too difficult in a 4x4. roonming         
2013-02-05 Made it all the way to the trail head in a Jeep 4x4. Some slick spots where water flowed over the roadway. Could make it in a high clearance car with chains. Snow is not too much of a factor, just very slick. mrschaible         
2013-02-02 I was one of the 2 suv‘s that made it to the trail head. The tracks might be packed a little better but bring a shovel. I got stuck twice. Steve sjpwarsaw         
2013-02-02 there were two 4WD SUVs that made it to the trail head that i saw. the road is still completely snow covered with some ice. i would not recommend trying to get up it without good snow tires and 4WD. mtn_nut         
2013-01-27 The tree has been cut in half by a chainsaw, road is completely open. But note that the recent snow there (maybe 2-3") covers a very hardpack base, icy in spots, and my FWD car started sliding on the first incline so we just booted it up from the freeway. But several AWD/4WD vehicles made it all the way to the summer TH with little apparent effort, zipping right past us, even a Subaru station wagon. -Tom TomPierce         
2013-01-23 Tree was pulled off the road this morning enough for a vehicle to pass by. Hard packed snow almost the entire way, should be do-able with 4x4 and/or snow tires. I was slipping around too much in a 2WD Ford Escape with summer tires so I parked at the bottom to be safe. Philip         

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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