Torreys Peak

 South Slopes
Difficulty Class 1 
Ski/Board: Intermediate, D4 / R2 / II  
Risk FactorsExposure: Low
Rockfall Potential: Low  
Route-Finding: Low  
Commitment: Low  
TrailheadGrays Peak
Start11,280 feet
Summit14,272 feet
Total Gain3,000 feet
RT Length7.75 miles
SheriffClear Creek: 303-679-2376
Last UpdatedMar 2023
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The Clear Creek County Sheriff no longer allows parking along the road to the trailhead. They say they will ticket those who do so and you'll see "No Parking" signs along the road. So, get up there very early and if the trailhead parking is full, you'll have to drive back down to the bottom of the road and walk up. Awful, I know.
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.


From the trailhead, cross the large bridge that spans the stream in Stevens Gulch - 1. Continue into the basin for over 1.5 miles to reach an information sign about half way into the hike - 2. Hike up to and across a rocky area near 12,300' - 3. Continue around a small ridge which runs south up to the east side of Grays - 4. Above 12,600', swing left and follow the trail along the west side of the rocky ridge - 5. Continue to the Grays-Torreys trail junction , at 13,300' - 6 and 7.

Leave the Grays trail and traverse ( 8 and 9) southwest to reach the Grays-Torreys saddle , above 13,700' - 10. Please stay on the trail all the way to the saddle. Once at the saddle, turn right ( 11) and follow the Torreys trail across the saddle up the final 1/2 mile to summit - 12, 13 and 14.

In Winter

In winter months, the southeast side of Kelso Mountain is prone to avalanche activity which may run over the summer Grays Peak trail. Unless you're confident the snow in this area is stable, it's best to leave the trail near 11,600' and take a more direct line up through Stevens Gulch before re-joining the Grays Peak trail near 12,100'.


Heading down the ridge: 15
Below the saddle: 16
Looking back toward the saddle: 17


The road to the trailhead is somewhat rough, so a good clearance vehicle is recommended.
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