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Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby hop2it » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:31 am

Im thinking of hiking Grays Peak tomorrow with a friend and was wondering if anyone knows if there is any snow Grays? I looked under weather history and it said that there was a heavy snow and some rain in the area on the 11th. And with me being new to 14ers, I want to play it safe and cautious when it comes to questionable conditions.

Thanks for the help!

Oh and if anyone has any suggestions for a different peak, Im open to that too! Thanks again.

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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby Tortoise1 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:55 am

I can see only the west side from here in Keystone and there is some snow up there, maybe the top thousand feet, not solid but a considerable amount of snow. Of course it's the other side that's important.

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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby Tornadoman » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:01 pm

I don't know the conditions on Grays, but I have climbed a few 14ers in a few inches of early fall snow and I thought they were a blast! (This included Bierstadt, my first ever 14er). The views are also enhanced by a little snow, in my opinion. My advice is that since the route is technically easy, you should give it a try, and just be ready to turn around if you don't like the conditions.

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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby hop2it » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:19 pm

ok thanks! I think thats what my friend wants to do. I only have regular hiking boots and your basic winter clothing, so I just didnt want to take any extra risk since Im not really that skilled as a hiker. Especially since Ive only done three of the "easier" 14ers, and they were even challenging, in my opinion. :)

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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby mtree » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:12 pm

Any snow? Nothing to be worried about. You might get your boots wet. Watch out for ice...especially on the rocky downclimb. You'll have plenty of company.
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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby CODave » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:16 pm

If you go can you please post when you get back tomorrow afternoon/evening since I'm planning on going Sunday? :)

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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby PaliKona » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:27 pm

Was just up on Evans today with about 3" on the north side...Grays definately has snow on the north face where the trail is while Torreys looked clear. I've done the trail in early snow, its fun and not a big deal. The trail will be packed down from traffic already.

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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby hop2it » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:39 pm

Thanks! I guess my concern is, just because Im pretty slow moving on a normal sunny day, let alone with snow ...haha. But really, if the snow is packed down, wouldnt it be more potential for ice?? Thanks!

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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby bodhidharma » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:19 pm

I went up Kelso ridge to Torreys, over to Grays, then Edwards morning after it snowed. Snow is beautiful wont be an issue. Maybe bring microspikes just in case? Enjoy!

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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby hop2it » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:30 pm

For anyone going up tomorrow, everything looked pretty good on Grays today. There were just a few sketchy parts, but nothing too serious at all (probably will all be melted by tomorrow). Also, if you do the saddle between Grays and Torreys, I heard that it was more icy and snowy on the Grays side, so I opted not to do that; however, my friend however went for it and made it fine.

Have fun!

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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby theglobalguy » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:06 am

I'm thinking of doing Kelso's ridge this weekend...with the forecast of snow for the next few days, is this a horrible idea?

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Re: Conditions on Grays Peak

Postby wildlobo71 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:12 am

theglobalguy wrote:I'm thinking of doing Kelso's ridge this weekend...with the forecast of snow for the next few days, is this a horrible idea?


Do you have snow-climbing experience? If so, it's not a horrible idea as long as you are prepared and knowledgeable.
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