Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Edwards, Mt  -  13,850 feet
Post Date:  07/16/2008
Date Climbed:   07/14/2008
Posted By:  Gabe K

 30 miles of Rocky Mountain High!   

By Gabe Knowles (AKA Gabe K)

Torrey's Peak, Gray's Peak, & Mt. Edwards

July 14, 2008

Left Camp: 5:00 AM (1 mile below Trailhead)
Summit of Torrey's: ~7:45AM
Summit of Gray's: ~8:45AM
Summit of Mt Edwards: ~10:00AM
Ended Trip at intersection of Road 5 & FR 260
Distance: ~17 miles
Estimate elevation gained: Over 4000'

COOL FACT: Did you know that Gray's Peak is the tallest point on the Continental Divide Trail?

My two Park Ranger friends, Mike & Susanna, enticed me into a 30+ mile section hike along the Continental Divide Trail. They are attempting to section hike the entire CDT. As for myself, I am trying to summit as many 14ers as I can with my limited time in Colorado, but I also try and make time with my friends backpacking too. It's always a tough decision. Anyway… We drove from Elk Creek/Blue Mesa Reservoir after we got out of work to the exit off of HWY 70 to Steven's Gulch, where upon Mike and I got out and hiked up the road a few miles while Susanna drove the explorer to find a campsite for the night. The following morning Mike & I were up and hiking by 5:00AM. We noticed we were a mile below the trailhead for Torrey's & Gray's, but we made good time with our ascent. By the time the sun broke over the mountains we were ascending the saddle.


And, by 7:00ish we were hiking along a snowfield towards Torrey's Peak.


We summited Torrey's, took photos, and headed for Gray's. Upon reaching Gray's we caught up with a father and his daughter whom we passed down at the base of the mountains. Mike and I were very impressed with the young girl's peak bagging capabilities. We didn't stay long on Gray's,


for we had a much bigger challenge in getting over the "knife-like ridge" to Mt. Edwards, a 13,850' peak.


While crossing over the ridge, we met up with several mountain goats, they were awesome!


I love those mountain goats!!! Such majestic nimble creatures! We got to Mt. Edwards by 10:00AM,


and noticed that hardly anyone decides to go to Mt. Edwards, so we felt priviledged to do so, especially with the blessing of the goats. We had lunch, and decended down Argentine Pass all the way to where the dirt road along Peru Creek meets up with road 5. Susanna picked us up there, and we were off to Breckenridge to begin an additional section of the Continental Divide Trail from Breckenridge to Copper Mountain. All three of us threw on our backpacks and hiked into the forest about 3 miles upon where we setup camp for the night. Mike and I figured we put in 20 miles that day. The following day we finished our CDT section by doing 10 miles on the trail which traverses the Tenmile Range over to Copper Mountain, where upon we caught a free shuttle ride back to Breckenridge. This is perhaps one of my longest weekend trips to date in Colorado, 30+ miles on the CDT with a couple of fourteeners on the side, and mountain goats to top it all. An awesome adventure, with one of the most inspirational couple I have ever met.

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  • Comments or Questions

Woolly Goats     07/20/2008 04:36
Those are some of the woolliest goats I‘ve ever seen! Glad you enjoyed your stay - it‘s always cool to see folks from other places appreciating our great state as much as we do. Come back and see us again sometime.

Gabe K

I love the woolly goats     07/20/2008 04:51

I love it out here. I‘ve been tempted every summer being out here to find a teaching job in Colorado and move out here. It is an amazing state! You rock!

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