Torreys Peak  
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2017-03-19  Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2017-03-20, By: jhughes26
Info: Dead Dog is in. Continuous snow from parking lot at I-70, albeit with a few bare spots. We stayed a little far from Kelso on the approach, but it is very bare and I don't think it would slide. We skied from the summit around 11:00 am and would not have wanted to be on it much later. Gets warm fast 
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2017-03-19  Route: NW Face/Tuning Fork
Posted On: 2017-03-19, By: mountaingoat-G
Info: The snow was mixed sastrugi in both forks of the Tuning Fork. It didn't soften up even in the afternoon. There is a little bit of wind-deposited snow on the face, but not much. The top of the right fork is melted-out and you have to downclimb a few hundred feet from the ridge to get to the snow. The snow in Grizzly Gulch at the base was nonsupporting collapsible slush by the Afternoon. 
2017-03-18  Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: Nelson
Info: You can't ski down to the saddle. Dead Dog was skied today and climbed today. I don't recommend it but it was done . There was wet avalanche activity on the east facing ridge. Your call. 
2017-03-18  Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: Nelson
Info: You can't ski down to the saddle. Dead Dog was skied today and climbed today. I don't recommend it but it was done . There was wet avalanche activity on the east facing ridge. Your call. 
2017-03-18  Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: AndyJB444
Info: No runnels or avy debris yet. Did not see signs of instabilities while climbing or descending. Started skiing around 9:45am and the snow was corned up nicely on skiers right, but still a little firm on skiers left. Nice boot pack up climbers right side of dead dog. Able to ski off the summit by descending briefly down the south face and then cutting over into the couloir, per usual. 
2017-03-17  Route: NW Face/Tuning Fork
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: BagginPeaks
Info: Didn't climb it, just posting a pic for conditions. Picture was taken on the ridge between Cupid and Grizzly. 
2017-03-04  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-05, By: goingup
Info: The route from Loveland Pass is mostly devoid of snow and there's a reason for that. Climbed both Torreys and Grays from the pass (up and over Cupid and Grizzly twice). I have never experienced wind like we experienced on Saturday. The north ridge leading up to Grizzly Peak was the worst winds but it was blowing around 35-40 miles consistently all day. The route is incredibly exposed. Think twice if the forecast calls for wind. We endured. On the way back, there was a half a mile section where the wind was blowing a sustained 70 mph. I was pretty scared as it levitated me several times. The only other mention-able would be the ridge leading off Grizzly towards Torreys. It is snow packed, creating a little snow knife edge. Depending on comfort, an ice axe and spikes might be nice. 
2017-02-25  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-26, By: Marmot96
Info: Definitely changed since the last report 5 days ago - most of the route was covered in snow that created near white out conditions due to the newly deposited snow blowing everywhere. TH to Cupid was wind blown/packed snow, to Grizzy was a mix of packed snow and some exposed rock, and the cornice and slopes between Grizzly and Torreys were very hard packed. Minimum need would be an ice axe and microspikes on this section, but that will probably change over the next few days. The slopes between Torreys and Grays had a substantial amount of snow that was packed by the wind and it was definitely not necessary to have snowshoes on any of the route. 
2017-02-21  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-21, By: goldenite
Info: From Loveland Pass. Boot pack the whole way except wind score. Obviously that will change with tomorrow's weather, but basically a roman road. Didn't summit because of the Grizzly/Cupid saddle (windy as hell/whiteout). 
2017-02-15  Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-15, By: JtheChemE
Info: Ridge is in great (Winter) condition. Snow supportive, and melted out on crux sections since last month. If bypassing white rock on the DD side, beware as there is a sizable hole/void next to the rocks. Put on crampons at first crux, wore them descending Grays as the snow was pretty hard in places. Did not uses snowshoes all day, willows supportive, and SG road is totally runnable (I did). Partners skied from the Lost Rat turnoff down to the lot. 
2017-02-05  Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-06, By: trailboss88
Info: Climbed with mikefromcraig. Approach did not require snowshoes, we used them only between the bridge and saddle because we had them. Ridge is in full-on alpine conditions, bring your mountaineering A game. Some hard snow, some soft. We used crampons and ice axes the whole way up and most of the descent down the standard route. 12 hours car-to-car. 
2017-01-29  Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2017-01-29, By: JtheChemE
Info: Super trench on Stevens Gulch road, didn't use snowshoes. Willows windblown, cruiser with showshoes. Used crampons from the first crux, "the wall" holding some ice w/holds mostly hidden under unsupportive snow. Knife edge and white rock caked. With the sunny clear days upcoming, this will all probably change. 
2017-01-18  Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2017-01-18, By: Stratosfearsome
Info: Spectacular day on Grays and Torreys today. Climbed via Steven's Gulch. Parked by I70 at Bakerville exit. Road is not in good shape but there was a nice trench to snowshoe up until the TH and bridge. A couple feet of snow, wore snowshoes all day, and broke trail from the bridge on. Gave slopes of Kelso Mtn. a wide berth. Warm (about twenty F) with ten mph wind or less. 
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2017-01-07  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2017-01-08, By: paigie_42
Info: I also did Torrey's from Loveland pass Trailhead. The majority of the route was wind blown, leaving bear rock to walk on. I brought snowshoes, and used them on the saddle between Grizzly and Torrey's, there is a lot of snow there. I also used my spikes on Grizzlys ridge, the snow was hard packed and the risk of slipping scared me. Other than that, it was a great day! Very challenging day, but well worth it! 
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2017-01-06  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2017-01-07, By: SoCool
Info: Grays and Torreys are very accessible from Loveland Pass, route is in spectacular condition. I did not need my crampons or ice axe. There are a couple areas of snow where I was sinking in to my calves, but they were fairly short and I was glad I left the snowshoes in the car. But mine are quite heavy, others might carry a lightweight pair. Sorry no pics, way to cold for that. 
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2016-12-30  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-30, By: Flyingfish
Info: Was attempting to do Torreys from Loveland Pass but I got to Grizzly Peak and was blown off the mountain. The top of the ridge is dry but the east side of the ridge is heavily corniced so beware of that. 
2016-12-08  Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-09, By: bmcqueen
Info: Did Kelso Ridge from I-70. We were first up since the recent snow, so we broke trail the whole way. Skinned up the creek from the summer TH to bypass Kelso's avalanche slopes (which have enough snow to go now). Ditched the skis at 12k and wore crampons from the first crux to the summit. Plenty of snow on the ridge now. Descended to the saddle and down Grays standard trail. Kept the crampons on for the descent, but spikes would also have been fine. 
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2016-11-21  Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-21, By: jermzfree
Info: Summer parking lot still easily accessible with 4x4. Kelso ridge about 50% clear of snow. I used micro spikes near the top but really didn't need them. 
2016-11-19  Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-20, By: IsaacD
Info: Trail up to the saddle held just a bit of snow. Once on the saddle, snow throughout the entirety of the ridge, to varying degrees. Put on microspikes probably around 13,500', and wore them the rest of the day. All of the moves were very do-able, even covered in snow. At the deepest, I'd say we found a foot closer to the top in more snow-blown areas. Standard route was covered in snow, but boot-packed down, microspikes tremendously helpful. 
2016-11-12  Route: Grays' Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-13, By: awpalmer27
Info: We did the the non-standard SW Ridge route. We were able to drive the full 2 miles up the Chihuahua Gulch road in a Tacoma. There was no snow to speak of on the SW Ridge ascent. On the traverse over to Torreys there was a couple inches of snow on the trail but our microspikes stayed in our packs. We descended down Torrey's west ridge to the saddle with Grizzly Peak. Some snow here too but still didn't use our microspikes. Followed the Chihuahua Gulch back to the car. This is a fun loop for those looking for some more solitude and adventure on Grays & Torreys. 

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