Grays Peak Trailhead


Road Difficulty

2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Normally it's Rough 2WD to the TH but some years it gets rough and might require 4WD. It always requires good-clearance.

Driving Directions

Take I-70 to the Bakerville exit (#221). Leave the highway and drive south over to the dirt parking area near the start of Forest Road 189. This is the winter trailhead and even if the upper road is open, low-clearance passenger cars should park here. It's almost 3 miles to the summer trailhead. Continue up the Grays Peak (189) road. After 1 mile, stay straight at a junction. Continue another 2 miles to the trailhead, at 11,280'. There are restrooms and a few dispersed camping spots near the parking area.

Winter Access

Closed at the start of the 189 road, near I-70.
Status Updates 
Posted By: jamin1377
Info: Open to trailhead
Posted By: IridePow
Info: no big change
wide snowfield, not passable unless you take a large risk to get stuck on the way out. See Trip Reports for a pic.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Still blocked by snow about 1/4 mile above the old, red building and nearly 1 mile from the end of the road. Looks like it could be another week or two before it melts.
Posted By: goblue0910
Info: I was up there a week ago (5/10) and the road to the trailhead was still socked in with snow. I was only able to make it a mile up the road in a stock Cherokee 4x4.
Posted By: bmratc
Info: Hiked up to the summer trailhead today. Cannot ski the entire road back down, has a couple of fairly long bare spots. Saw some vehicle tracks that made it a little more than half way up then they turned around. the last mile snowshoes are not needed but helped.
Posted By: Jcwhite
Info: Trailhead is at Bakerville, road is very packed, no snowshoes needed. Skied from summit to car.
Posted By: mtnmike
Info: the road to the trailhead is snowed in all the way back to I-70, but has been packed down by snowshoe/ski/snowmobile traffic. Still, snowshoes recommended. Can ski out from 12,000 to parking!
Posted By: gitsumpottery
Info: drove up with a Tacoma pickup this past weekend 9/30, and it wasn’t too bad with a high clearance vehicle. there were definately cars that made it, but it takes a good half hour at least to drive the 3.8 miles. our average speed was around 8-10 miles an hour.
Posted By: ray06
Info: Drove up to TH with a rented Chevy Areo (tiny, tiny car). The trail is definitely rough and you must take your time but saving 3 miles (6 total) is certainly worth it.
Posted By: RenoBob
Info: Drove up on July 31st. I personally would not drive a passenger car up this road. It can be done if you are careful and I saw several cars at the TH, but you better have some offroad/4wd experience to help you pick your way through the rough spots.
Posted By: griz
Info: The road is totally free of snow to the trailhead.
Posted By: rtichota
Info: A little snowy in places, nothing any SUV couldn’t get through, and some cars, but with the way the weather has been it’ll be free a clear to everything in no time at all.
Posted By: muellero
Info: Met a few guys on top of Torrreys. They told me they could drive almost to the summer trailhead. Just about 1/4 mile short. They did it with a Subaru Forester.
Posted By: Jcwhite
Info: You can drive up 2 miles up the road before hitting snow, if you have a decent 4x4
Posted By: davebobk47
Info: Drove up there today (8 Oct 05). Road is clear, 4WD is unnecessary although I would recommend a high clearance vehicle. I made it with my Buick but it took a bit of a beating.
Posted By: bud
Info: Road is pretty rough all the way up, with some good chances of bottoming out with a low clearence vehicle, but I still saw quite a few passenger cars at the trailhead on 6/11
Posted By: vanny37
Info: Road is open to trailhead as of 5/29/05.
Posted By: ryan romanchuk
Info: made it to trailhead on 5/26 in my subaru. Barely scrapped bottom of car on snow in two spots.
Posted By: vanny37
Info: Went up 5/20-5/21. Got a little farther than the last guy. Less than a quarter mile to trailhead.
Posted By: GPD
Info: Went up yesterday - 5/19 - good till about quarter mile before the trail head - then it turns to 15 to 20 inches of snow
Posted By: sisyphus
Info: May 10, 2005: I got within about a mile+ of the actual Trailhead today until the snow stopped me. The road is melting out. I don’t know why guidebooks list this as a 2WD road. I wouldn’t take anything with low clearance up there.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Drove up the Stevens Gulch road today (5/2). Was able to drive 1 mile before the snow was totally covering the road. 4WD is still recommended for the first mile.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The road to Stevens Gulch is closed in winter. Usually melts out by mid to late May.
Posted By: CONomad
Info: Solid snow pack that you should be able to make it all the way to the winter trailhead easily with either an all wheel drive car or 4x4 and most likely just fine with good snow tires on a two wheel drive.

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