Grays Peak  
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2017-03-18  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: Nelson
Info: Nice skin up to and ski down from winter trailhead. You can ski from summit down to about 12,500. In the bowl is some pretty ugly sastrugi. You do not need flotation going up, but you will want microspikes at some point. Crampons are overkill. There were a lot of people on the mountain today. They can comment on the need for flotation on the way down. On skis it was a cruise. 
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2017-03-18  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: Nelson
Info: Nice skin up to and ski down from winter trailhead. You can ski from summit down to about 12,500. In the bowl is some pretty ugly sastrugi. You do not need flotation going up, but you will want microspikes at some point. Crampons are overkill. There were a lot of people on the mountain today. They can comment on the need for flotation on the way down. On skis it was a cruise. 
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2017-03-18  Route: Lost Rat Couloir
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: AndyJB444
Info: Able to ski continuously from the south shoulder of Grays down to the entrance of Lost rat. Dropped into Lost Rat around 11:15am, and it was still pretty firm. A few sharks in the upper half to watch for. Also, the couloir is kind of beat up with a wide runnel in the middle third. Saw a boot pack going up, as well. 
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2017-03-11  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2017-03-12, By: LoveThisSite
Info: Continuous snow starting from I-70. Trail pretty well packed down to the summer trailhead. Followed the creek up for a bit to avoid the Kelso slopes, but after having a look at it, Kelso is unlikely to slide and in fact looked pretty dry. Snowshoes recommended, though I was able to get by without. Ice axe was helpful in a couple of sections, and allowed for some glissades on the E face. What a beautiful day! Side note: Dead Dog is looking very fat, and there appears to be a cornice at the top. 
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2017-03-03  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2017-03-05, By: Bean
Info: Grays still goes from the summit, at least as of Friday. No traction or flotation needed if you're just walking. You might be able to skin to the summit with ski crampons. Torreys is looking fat. 
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2017-02-05  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2017-02-05, By: markf
Info: Good snow coverage from the winter trailhead to ~13k on the ascent route; I was able to ski from just below the summit back to my car with one short stretch where I carried my skis about 100 feet. Windpack snow with some sastrugi in the upper part of the bowl between Grey's and Torrey's, excellent snow in the lower part of the bowl and to the trailhead. 
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2016-11-24  Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2016-11-24, By: Zak Mcracken
Info: Extremely windy going up Grays! Snow is mostly windblown and only ankle or so deep. Few deep sections can be avoided, so flotation/snowshoes not needed or useful. Less windy going up Torreys from the saddle. 
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2016-11-12  Route: 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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2016-11-12  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-11-12, By: curth83
Info: Road is still open to the trailhead. I would recommend microspikes, those who didn't have them had a very hard time. Only a few inches on trail. 
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2016-10-31  Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-31, By: jonathanlussier
Info: barely any snow or ice, a few old drifts near the top. started at 11:30 and was down by 5:30 
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2016-10-20  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-10-21, By: emself
Info: Trail has minimal snow until around 12,400'; past that there's a layer of about 3-4". Microspikes were nice to have. 
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2016-10-16  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-10-17, By: avvilliams
Info: Wow, what a beautiful day for a hike. There were a couple ruts in the road up to the trailhead -- so if you don't have 4-wheel drive that might be difficult to pass, especially as snowfall increases. As of right now though, no snow was present on the road. We started at about 8:15 in morning and were finished by 3:00. Microspikes were definitely not required, but would have been nice in some of the more icy/packed snow patches along the trail. Apart from the occasional monstrous wind gusts up above 13,500 ft, conditions were beyond ideal for a nice little half-day autumn escapade. 
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2016-10-15  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-10-16, By: TT Summit
Info: Hiked Grays Peak on 10/15/16. Late start, so left the trail head at the bridge around 1:15pm. Never needed microspikes. There were some spots where they could have been useful, but decided to keep them in the bags. Weather was quite windy on the way up, but mellowed out on the way down. Day was beautiful. My fiancee was not really wanting to hike, but she pushed forward. Her lack of desire slowed us down a little, so we summited about 4:30pm. We decided to save Torreys for another day. We got a good downhill jog in through the switchbacks, but then her knees really started hurting and our speed slowed tremendously. She pretty much limped down the rest of the way, so we hit the bridge around 7:00pm. 
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2016-09-26  Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2016-09-26, By: Aramis
Info: Did Grays today, would have done Torreys but time-limited due to plans back in Denver. Snow on trail in some few areas higher up, no ice, and great weather. Most of trail up to wooden Grays/Torreys sign free of snow except around stone steps. I picked up a set of microspikes before heading out this morning but never needed them - any places where you could not avoid snow had steps already kicked in. Of course, this is a personal risk assessment, so not all may agree. 
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2016-09-25  Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2016-09-25, By: GrizzlyWhitman
Info: Awesome hike! Here a few bits of information I collected today: Road to the Trailhead: Dirt road essentially straight from the I-70 exit. Easily passable for the first two miles with a few ruts and rocks in the road that might make a 2WD vehicle feel a little iffy. At about two miles in, there is a stretch where the potholes span the whole width of the road, and they are DEEP. In a Subaru Outback, I had to be careful navigating these -- not going to fib, I bottomed out going up and coming back later, but was still able to pass. In the afternoon, I noticed that all the low clearance/2WD vehicles were parked right around this area. Trailhead: I arrived at 5:45AM. There were still lots of open spots, but the folks were coming for sure. The Trail: Cold morning. The trail is really well-maintained, and you can easily follow it from bottom to top. No issue there. From about 13,000 ft up, snow has started to stick. I didn't have my spikes with me, but if I could do it over, I would have brought them. Trekking poles were helpful especially on the descent from the peaks. Bring layers - that wind is ICY up there! 
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2016-09-11  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-09-12, By: solostyle
Info: Small patches of ice near the top of the trail, very easy to avoid as long as you watch your step. I tried poking some holes in them with trekking poles to test the softness, and they were pretty soft. Started out at 4:40am, and soon as I got above treeline I could see clouds to the ESE, but otherwise, it was clear. Gradually the cloud cover built up until over the half the sky was shrouded by 10am. Got some nice sunrise shots of the clouds! It was gusty and windy. Sometimes the gusts were so strong I was knocked back a little (weight: 110 lbs). A strong gust took my favorite hat with neck flaps, but I luckily still had a neck gaiter and woolen hat underneath. The forecast calls for precip the next several days, so this may have been the last summer day. 
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2016-09-07  Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2016-09-08, By: MOJO8800
Info: No snow on the Kelso Ridge route. Minimal snow on the way down from Gray's. 
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2016-09-05  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-09-06, By: Reisdorf
Info: Perfect day. Clear, great visibility. Windy at the top but otherwise nearly perfect weather. There was snow at the top but not so much that you could not find a way to easily avoid it. The kids hiked in running shoes. 
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2016-09-04  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-09-05, By: docanime
Info: I also hiked on Sept. 4th. I agree with the snow conditions on the switchbacks. It starts about half way up the final switchbacks to Grays. Trekking poles help but you can pass on the loose rocks next to the snowy trails. As for parking, do not stop around the 1.4 mile mark from I70 if you see other cars parked there. I also made the mistake of parking and walking an extra 1.5 miles to the trailhead. I attached several photos of the rut. Numerous minivans and stock SUVs got passed it by going around then to the driver's left. 
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2016-09-04  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-09-05, By: AuburnJosh
Info: My wife and I hiked this on Sunday, Sept. 4th. The initial weather reports were that it was going to be clear all day, but that changed very quickly. Weather patterns were changing on the slope every 15 minutes from sleet to rain to sunshine and wind. Overall, the conditions of the trail are quite good. There is hard snow pack from about ~13,250ft and up. This was quite slick on the way down without traction, but quite do-able. There are plenty of rocks on the side that are not covered if you prefer. RE: Parking, don't make our mistake and assume you need to park when you see a few cars parked on the side already. There were plenty of spots in front of where we parked, including 1 last spot at the trailhead. Enjoy! 
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