Peak:  Torreys Peak
 Route:  Kelso Ridge
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  jessicaakenn
 Date of Info:  5/21/2023
 Date Posted:  5/22/2023

We did Kelso ridge on May 21st, and crampons and an ice tool are still required. Above 13k, there are still long snow stretches, which turned to entirely snow near the summit. Most of the lower ridge was clear of snow with only a few short sections. There are some spicy sections, especially when traversing in ski boots with crampons and skis on your back. Tuning Fork had excellent corn conditions. We summited around 1:30, and most of the South-facing slopes showed signs of wet slab. It was pretty sunny all morning despite the forecast calling for mostly cloudy. North-facing slopes warmed nicely, but we would not recommend heading down much later than 1:30.

Comments or Questions
05/22/2023 08:39
How far up the standard trailhead were you able to get?

Road conditions
05/22/2023 19:56
@vertical_volume we actually went on the West side of Kelso mtn for the approach. We didn't get very far, but it made getting to the car at the end of the day much closer. I'm pretty sure this is close to where we parked: 39.674873, -105.806953

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