Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Date Posted:  06/17/2013
Date Climbed:   06/16/2013
Author:  JohnBull

 Grays and Torreys  

Sunday I climbed my first 14er!

Trip Report:
I left work in Denver at 11:30pm and arrived at the trailhead parking lot at 1:00am Sunday morning, and yes I made it through the avalanche debris. After sleeping in my Ford Expedition, I started my hike at 5:40am.

View of the peaks at morning.

Halfway up the mountain I made a mistake and climbed to the saddle instead of the trail up Greys. This wasn't a big deal, so I decided to summit Torreys first. I was at the top by 7:50am. It took me 2 hours and 10 minutes to summit my first 14er. Not sure if that's a good time, but I was happy.

Me at the top of Torreys.

Looking towards Greys from Torreys.

Looking toward the southwest on Torreys. You can see Breckenridge on the right.

I then made my way over to Greys Peak. I reached the top at 8:50am, so in total I reached two peaks in 3 hours and 10 minutes. There was a heard of Mountain goats on Greys, but they bolted before I could take a picture.

Me on top of Greys.

The way up Greys looking back at Torreys.

Looking back at the peaks.

I reached the trailhead at 11:00am. In total, it took me 5 hours and 20 minutes. I did take my time climbing down Greys to enjoy the views and talk to hikers. I saw lots of wildlife, including a black Mink who had a mouse in his mouth.

Here is a look at the avalanche debris from the east side. There were about 5 trucks in the trailhead parking lot that had made it through, me included. After I passed the debris field I saw about a 100 vehicles parked along the road. If you have 4 wheel drive and some clearance on your vehicle, I would say give it a shot. By the way, this was the first time I had really used the 4 wheel drive in my Expedition, other than for snow covered roads.

This was my first 14er climb, but I can say without a doubt, not the last!


 Comments or Questions

Congrats and thanks
06/18/2013 05:05
Congrats on get your first two mountains done. I did these two last year with a group of guys among six other peaks we did while out there for a week. Next week, I am coming back with my boys (5, 3, and 1), my Sherpa (21 year old cousin), and my wife. These two will be the first peaks for all of them. Thanks for the picture of the snow on the road. It gives me a better idea than the descriptions I have read.


Congrats on your first!!
06/18/2013 13:47
Good job for your first mountains. I'm gonna be heading out there to try and climb them on the 29th. Thanks for the pictures of the snow and the trails.


Very nice!!
06/18/2013 16:08
Seems you had a great time.


06/18/2013 16:36
Bustin it out in da sweats


Good time to do these
06/19/2013 15:12
Probably a much nicer hike this time of year. Some days during the summer aren't even fun because there are so many people up there


Nice pics!
06/19/2013 22:21
And congrats on your summits. I'll be doing Kelso Ridge next weekend so it's always nice to see current pictures.


Thanks Everyone
06/20/2013 15:47
Thanks for the comments. I am really looking forward to my next 14er.


First timer
06/21/2013 16:27
Hey! Looks like you had a great trip! I am also going to do my first 14er and am wondering how you felt the snow conditions are. Did you need any microspikes or anything for the standard route up? From your perspective, is this a manageable route for someone who is truly trying to do a 14er with minimal mountaineering experience (just running, hiking,ect background) let me know your thoughts. may be out there the first week of july.


Hey Courtney
06/21/2013 16:58
The snow wasn't too bad and I didn't use any microspikes. Some people had regular shoes on, but I would recommend buying some nice waterproof hiking shoes or boots. The trail is very wet in places. I would say wear shorts and shirt with waterproof windbreakers. Also take a backpack and bring some snacks and water. If you're a runner, than you can hike this mountain. It's not that hard, just a long walk up hill. I wish you luck on your first 14er. This one was a lot of fun. I am looking forward to my next.


06/24/2013 15:55

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