Trailhead:  Grays Peak
Front Range
 Posted By:  chassis
 Date of Info:  09/01/2020
 Date Posted:  09/02/2020
 Status Update
Trailhead and parking areas are in great shape. The trail is well marked.

The road leading to the trailhead is poor, rather dire. The road is horrible. A Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus were in the upper parking lot. I would not do this drive with a Corolla or Focus, but they made it. Recent repairs on the road seem to have been eroded from rain the night of 8/31. We did a scouting drive at 2:00pm on 8/31 and it was bad, then we drove our main hike on 9/1 at 4:30am, and the road was worse. The main issues are rocks emerging from the road surface, grapefruit-sized loose rocks everywhere, ruts, gullies and potholes, plus the general steepness/incline.

Ground clearance of 8 inches is plenty. 7 inches clearance is probably OK. Less than 7 inches an you risk bottoming out. Bottoming out happens when the driver is travelling at higher speed than is necessary. My average speed was 5mph going up. 7mph going down.

Vehicles that should be able to make it to the top in my opinion, provided the driver knows what he/she is doing:

Small SUVs: Honda HR-V, Honda CR-V, most Subarus, Buick Encore and similar, Toyota RAV4, BMW X3, Audi Q5
Mid-size SUVs: Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Mercedes GLE, BMW X5, Audi Q7, Land Rover, Range Rover Discovery, Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet Traverse
Large SUVs, midsize pickup trucks and pickup trucks: all should be OK

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