The Grays and Torreys combo was our second stage in a two-weeks hiking trip that took us to the summits of Bierstadt, Grays/Torreys, Elbert, and Massive.
We spent the previous night in Georgetown and left the hotel at around 6:45 AM.
Gorgeous, clear, sunny morning! We took I-70 West, and then took exit 221. We then followed the indications for Co Rd 321. The road is unpaved, but in good conditions. Pretty soon we realized that - on weekends - this is a very, very popular hiking destination. We had to park way below the trail head - at around 10,400 ft, about a mile away. Lots of cars, and lots of people from all the "walks of life".
The trail - initially - is flat, but not boring at all. You will be funneled through a valley sided by impressive rocky peaks, until - after not long - Grays and Torreys appear.
Here's the view from the trail head:
View from the trail head.
And here's when Grays and Torreys become clearly visible:
Grays and Torreys finally appear.
As you go up, the view becomes impressive:
Ascending Grays and looking back.
During weekends, Grays and Torreys can become very crowded....
Crowds on Torreys Peak.
But the view from the top is still priceless:
Rosa and Maurizio on Grays.
Some family pride:
Maurizio (my son) and I on Grays.
Even on a crowded weekend, the "combo" option weeds out the vast majority of the crowds. I really recommend the traversal to Torreys:
Snowbanks on the way to Torreys.
We are on Torreys!
Maurizio on Torreys!
Looking at Grays from Torreys, you can appreciate the full extent of the trail towards Grays' peak:
Grays from Torreys.
Torreys looks like some serious peak from this angle:
Overall, the Grays and Torreys combo is a very enjoyable, and not too demanding, hiking experience.
The trails are very obvious and easy to follow - the hardest part being the ascent to Torreys from Grays.
Besides the obvious advice (get acclimated, wear proper boots, wear proper clothing, use sunscreen, start early, etc.).... I would add: avoid weekends if you can. Crowds can somehow detract from the experience - the trail to Grays can become very congested and "chatty"....