Peak(s):  Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Date Posted:  08/04/2010
Date Climbed:   08/04/2010
Author:  ypsetihw
 Torrey's & Gray's Combo  

The weather looked a bit sketchy but we made the drive to Bakerville with hope. The road to the upper parking lot is in decent shape, and while we had a truck, several smaller passenger cars had made it up to the parking lot. There were only two or three small streams across the road, even with all the recent rain. We hit the lot at 6:45am and there were several other cars there, however parking in the upper lot was still available.

We began our hike at 7:00am on the dot. It rained for approx. the first mile or so, at which point it began to clear. As we ascended the main ridge on approach, several earlier climbers warned us of the rain/hail mix above 13000', however it continued to clear quickly and considerably for us as we ascended the trail.

There was considerable runoff on the main trail following the morning's rain, and weatherproof gear is highly advised. It was barely 40 degrees F when we set out on the trail, however it warmed to t-shirt weather by the time we began our descent. Layers are a good idea at this time of year because the weather/temp can fluctuate wildly throughout the day.

By the time we took the fork over to the gray's torrey's saddle (b/c we decided to summit torrey's first), the sun was out and it was warming up. We reached the summit of Torrey's in 2:30, making summit at 9:30am. After 15mins basking in the glory and refueling, we headed down to the saddle. 15 mins later we began our ascent and made the gray's summit by 10:30. After some considerable time taking in the beautiful break in the weather, we began heading down.

We completed the circuit in 5:38, hitting the car just before 1pm. We didn't set any records, but I felt strong and we kept a great pace, passing many other parties on the trail. The timing was perfect as the weather began turning as we reached our car. The barometer was falling and the weather from the west began rolling in.

We finished the day with some lunch at BeauJo's in Idaho Springs, and I am elated to have completed my 2nd & 3rd 14er summit together, safely, and with relative ease.

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 Comments or Questions
mosy 9

08/05/2010 13:19
glad to know the upper lot is still available at 7 on a weekday

beauJo's is the illest!

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