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Camping near Grays

Postby Rangerat1 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:29 pm

Need advice on where to camp near Grays. Any thoughts?
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Re: Camping near Grays

Postby SurfNTurf » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:36 pm

The trailhead has dispersed camping, just make sure you get there early if you're heading up on a weekend.
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Re: Camping near Grays

Postby USAKeller » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:50 pm

Yep, lots of camping spots along the east side of the trailhead...
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Re: Camping near Grays

Postby rkalsbeek » Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:24 pm

Even though it gets crowded, camping at the trailhead is one of my favorite spots to view stars. Lay down with your head pointing towards the massive wall of Continental Divide and it looks like a fish eye lense/view. So awesome.

Definitely get there early though.
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Re: Camping near Grays

Postby YooperJonKornely » Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:55 pm

I've done this a few times recently... if you are able to get to the trailhead parking lot the evening/night before your climb, you'll be able to find a parking spot easily. This parking lot fills up very quickly and early in the morning, esp. weekends. There are campsites located directly around the parking lot if you are not car-camping. There is a section of the road though that has a large rut... a 4x4 should have no problem, but other cars you might want to be careful with this 1 section. Enjoy the climb!

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Re: Camping near Grays

Postby edhaman » Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:51 pm

The big rut was fixed several weeks ago. The road was graded and, unless things have deteriorated greatly in the last couple of weeks, is in good shape. I was up there on August 18 and saw 2WD cars at the trailhead, and other passenger sedans not far down the road, including a BMW.

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Re: Camping near Grays

Postby jmc5040 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:36 pm

We did Kelso Ridge two weeks ago and I can attest that the road is in much better shape than it was earlier in the spring/ summer. I would suspect that a 2WD vehicle would have no issues getting to the TH. The dip has been filled in some to make crossing much easier. I don't know many details/ restrictions on camping off trail heading towards Grays, but in June I saw some tents set up in valley east of Grays on the south side of the trail.
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Re: Camping near Grays

Postby Rangerat1 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:41 am

OK sounds good. Hoping it is not too cold. So no need for reservations or anything you just grab a spot and are good then? Am new to Colorado camping and what not and not sure how everything works here. Thanks for all the help. Just did the first 14er last week Crags route to Pikes. Taking my wife on her first and doing Grays.
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Re: Camping near Grays

Postby rkalsbeek » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:45 am

No reservations needed! It's dispersed camping, so where ever you find a spot that fits your tent, you're good!

Try to camp 100 feet from the stream though.
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Re: Camping near Grays

Postby bf31415 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:08 am

did G&T on Labor day and the road is still in great condition.

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