| My 2nd and 3rd 14ers Conquered!
First Bierstadt two weeks ago, now 2 more 14ers under my belt! I am so proud of myself and still ready to tackle more!
I left Parker/Lone Tree area this morning at 5:20am (reading all the reports that this is such a busy busy trail, I wanted to make sure I was there early). Arrived at 6:40...about 8 cars total, and the sun had just started to rise. A little chillier than I had prepared for. Pack more Kleenex next time, ha!
Started for Grays at 6:51am, when the trails forks in different directions GO LEFT, and made it to the top at 9:21am.... 2.5 hours exactly! Took about 10 minutes to munch on a peanut butter sandwich, 3 others were on the summit with me.
Made it to the summit of Torreys Peak at 10:24am, took 54 minutes. From reading the reviews, I had expected it only to take 30-45 minutes. Not sure if my pace rapidly slowed down, but this part was steep but I knew I couldn't be that close to it and not get to the top, so I pushed on and on the top I was. (I chatted with a cute guy with a dog in a pink sweater up there...if that was you, send me a message!) Stayed up there for about 15 minutes, and started heading back.. made it to my truck at 12:10pm. (An hour and 32 minutes to get from the summit of Torreys Peak back to the parking lot -which was now full-).
Reading other reports, it looks like it's an 8.25mile route. And it took from 6:51am to 12:10pm.
Total Time: 5hrs and 19minutes. Anyone want to give me a hint if that is fast, normal, slow paced??? I have no idea!
Some snow still on the mountain, but it was a beautiful day up there and the views are of course breathtaking.
3 down! Any recommendations for my 4th???
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