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