Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Date Posted:  07/11/2008
Date Climbed:   07/11/2008
Author:  4HClimber

 Torrey‘s, Gray‘s, People, and Dogs  

Great Day with a lot of People

By Jeff Goodwin (AKA 4HClimber)

Torrey's and Gray's Peaks

July 11, 2008

Left Trail Head: 6:25 a.m.
Saddle between Torrey's and Gray's: 8:25 a.m.
Summit of Torrey's: 8:55 a.m.
Summit of Gray's 9:55 a.m.
Return to trailhead: 12:15 p.m.
Distance: 8.8 miles
Elevation gained: 3200

It was a great day to be on the mountain. However, there were a good number of people on the trail. Probably 75 people and at least 50 dogs were out there. The biggest hazard was dodging the used dog biscuits left on the trail. Soapbox time: People if you take a dog on the trail, pick up after them please.

Just on the trail a few minutes and here is the first view of Gary's (on the left) and Torrey's (on the right).

I decided to summit Torrey's first and made my way across to the saddle in just about two hours. The snow bank just below the saddle was about gone a very easy to get over.

Mug Shot on Torrey's looking to the north

Looking south to Gray's

Here's a shot looking down Steven's Gulch from Torrey's

Mug shot on Gray's with Torrey's in the background.

Headed back to the trailhead

And of course—the post-summit barley pop! (only one and after returning to the trailhead). Again—a great day on the mountain.

Even though this was only my third and fourth 14er, I am amazed at how unprepared many hikers are as they attempt a 14er. As I was approaching the trailhead at about 12 noon, a guy wearing tennis shoes and no water, no backpack, and no hat was headed to the top! And he also told me that he was caught in a thunderstorm on a mountain just a couple of days earlier. I believe I found a candidate for a Darwin award!

Just because Gray's and Torrey's are on the easy list does not mean they are easy. Just not as difficult as some of the others—but still potentially dangerous!

Everyone—Be careful out there!


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 Comments or Questions

07/12/2008 01:21
on your 3rd and 4th! I am attempting Grays/Torreys this weekend as will be my 3rd/4th one as well. I appreciate the soapbox as this was mine last weekend as well...Must be prepared!


Excellent beer choice
07/14/2008 00:04
And nice job on the summits!

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