Peak:  Grays Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  Tony1
 Date of Info:  03/17/2012
 Date Posted:  03/17/2012

The road is easily walked to the main trailhead. It may take a while, but it's not difficult and the road has some dry areas if you don't want to walk on snow the whole time. In early hours, the snow will be hard frozen and traction control will be very helpful. This goes for the road and the trail all the way to the summit. A few sections of the trail are dry (and muddy with a lot of melting snow), but the vast majority is snow covered. No avalanche danger past Kelso Mountain if you stay on the trail.

Be careful soon before passing by the Kelso-Torreys saddle where there is an avalanche slope that the trail crosses and it is fairly steep, but not too high up. Beware of any sliding snow in the area here - there is evidence of one accordion-like slide plainly visible.

The descent down to the Grays-Torreys saddle is covered mostly in a couple inches of snow and can be easily navigated. Follow the cairns and all will be well.

No snowshoes needed!

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