|Peak:||Grays Peak (14er)|
|Date of Info:||05/28/2012|
Dirt road leading up TH mostly dry with only one spot of snow. Fine for SUV (I have a pathfinder) Might be tough for 2WD/low clearance.
From trailhead to about 12,000 the trail is mostly dry (Although at the 12K junction there is runoff).
As you head westerly/SW there are snow chutes that must be crossed. Snow was very stiff & icy (microspike material) but was easily navigated around.
Green slope leading up to the S. Ridge was clear. Fortunately the crux on the shoulder was clear of snow (no other clear options if it had been covered).
Stayed 40-80ft from ridge crest for a 1/4 mile. Smooth sailing (and there was plenty of wind for that yesterday!!!) from then on.
There is snow in the basin for skiing/riding but I would check the conditions first as it seemed very stiff & icy all day. Might not last long either.
Wanna get away from the crowd (till you reach the top ), this the way to go. I was the only one at the Argentine TH all day (on a Memorial day weekend) taking this route.