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 Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Grizzly Pk D  -  13,427 feet
 Post Date:  08/27/2007
 Date Climbed:   08/25/2007
 Posted By:  akmpolsen

 Torrey‘s-Gray‘s via Loveland Pass   

First trip report… bear with me if I mess this up! This trip is a great way to climb Gray's and Torrey's and get a little solitude for most of the trip. It does require some logistical forethought, however, as you'll need to either shuttle a car to the TH at Steven's Gulch, or meet up with someone who is already there as I did (wife and daughter went most of the way up Gray's and we rendezvoused with the aid of walkie talkies.)

Anyhoo… on to the trip. First, here is a map with my GPS route posted in red. It was about 9.5 miles, and ~4700' of elevation gain.

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After summiting Grizzly-"D", took this pic looking towards Torrey's (Gray's off to right). Hogleg-1's very good trip report of 7/13/07 indicated some problems on this stretch and I presume it is because he tried to beeline for the saddle instead of taking the longer but easier route of just hugging the ridgeline all the way to the saddle.

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Yellow line is approximate route from Loveland Pass parking area (arrow) to Grizz-D peak and just beyond (same spot where previous photo was taken from.) I was a little surprised at how hard the hiking was – I thought I had gotten acclimated by now (moved here in May, these are my 11th and 12th 14ers) but a 2-week rafting trip to Alaska from which I had just returned apparently reset me back to Day One.

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Now at the saddle between Grizz-D (in picture) and Torrey's. Very pleasant hiking and I never came across any other hikers (I did see two that were a ways behind me, but that was it until I got to the summit of Torrey's….)

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Getting close to Torrey's summit, at about 13,900'. Yellow line indicates the ridgewalk down to saddle.

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Me at the top of Torrey's. From Torrey's I could see throngs of people on Gray's. I think it would be very profitable to open a Starbuck's on Gray's summit.

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The option of downclimbing Kelso Ridge was extremely tempting – it looks fun as all get out, but a) I had to meet up with my wife and daughter on the Gray's trail, and b) I had not yet summited Gray's so I reluctantly trudged over to Gray's and down the trail where I met my wife, daughter, and dog. All told, the trip took about 6.5 hours, a little longer than I expected. I blame the Alaska trip for that, but that was well worth it (and another trip report in itself!)

Happy hiking,

Martin



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