Peak(s):  Gray Wolf Mtn  -  13,602 feet
Date Posted:  08/08/2016
Date Climbed:   08/07/2016
Author:  denvermikey
 No route description? What??  

As I start knocking off the 14ers and even the Centennials that are within reasonable driving distance from the metro, I have started to dig even deeper and begun doing the bi-centennials. Had some time this weekend and wanted to do something close. Not gonna get much closer than the Mt Evans area. I tend to over react when there is no route description on this site as I have become quite dependent (probably too dependent) on this site for its excellent resources.
I thought, what the hell, let's just get up there and give it a try. From the topo map it appears to be fairly simple and straight forward. Based on my hike, here is a proper route description for Gray Wolf Mountain.

1. Follow the route description for Mt Spalding from Summit Lake TH.
2. Turn and look due east and wave at the car/goat/hiker/tourist laden summit of Mt Evans.
3. Turn about 90 degrees to your right, looking SSW. Wave to the hoards of hikers on the summit of Mt Bierstadt.
4. Turn 180 degrees and start hiking almost due north.
5. Ignore all of the jeans-clad, single water bottle carrying, newbie experts who say things like, "I bet he is lost, he is going the wrong way; or, I think he's headed over to Grays and Torreys, that's like right over there..."
6. Descend the mostly grassy slope into the valley between Spalding and Gray Wolf.
7. CRITICAL STEP!!! Pay attention to this one, your life, or at least the dryness of your boots, can be at stake here: Try to avoid walking in a straight line across to Gray Wolf. Bow up toward the ridge. This will help avoid traversing through several sections of marshy wet grounds.
8. Hike up the grassy slope of Gray Wolf to the large cairn on the summit. Enjoy what should be solitude in a very busy area.

Seriously though, this is a nice short little hike, somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 1/2 miles rt. Took a very average speed hiker 3 1/2 hours total including Spalding which you can actually avoid but it really does not take much extra time.

 Comments or Questions

What?? What??
08/08/2016 19:07
Haha! Thanks for recommending this hike; I've been thinking about where to go on an "easy" day -- and avoid the crowds.

08/13/2016 10:21
I have done GWM from Echo Lake. Great hike and not a single living soul.

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