Peak:  Grays Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  brikalongo
 Date of Info:  06/15/2013
 Date Posted:  06/17/2013

The route was mostly clear, but the road to the trailhead was blocked by a large pile of snow roughly .5 miles from the trailhead. Some cars managed to make it over , but on our way down we saw someone digging out their SUV.

The route to Grays was pretty clear. Lots of mud and running water on the trail, but nothing you can‘t cross easily. Many people choose to turn around at Photo #13; the north-facing ridge was clear everywhere accept for the foot trail. The more it melted, the more slippery it became and there were jagged rocks and a sharp drop. Yaktraks or Spikes would help, I manged with boots and a trekking pole... but take your time. Past that section, the route was mostly clear. One more snow field but it was not dangerous at all. With the rate at which the snow was melting, I wouldn‘t be surprised if the snow melts completely very soon. By the afternoon, many of the dry trails were soaked with snow melt and the snow/slush became harder to walk on. Still, the route was passable in just boots, many with just sneakers!

We opted out of completing Torrey‘s peak, as we were running out of time. The path to Torrey‘s looked clear, but the trail leading down the mountain between Grays and Torrey‘s was still covered in snow. Several hikers were sliding down on their butts, however we opted out of that route as well.

We left the car at 8:15 and finished the hike around 3:30. This included additional hiking time and distance due to where we had to park. We did take a few breaks and took our time. Spent a bit more time at the top than I would expect most people would. Roughly 7 hours round-trip!

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