Summary: This trail is extremely easy to follow due to the amount of traffic it sees every year. The trail will lead you up into Steven's Gulch then up a series of switchbacks to the summit of Grays. Please do not cut switchbacks like many people have done, this is beginning to destroy the fragile alpine environment. From Grays a trail will lead you along the ridge to the saddle between Grays and Torreys and then directly up Torreys. When descending from Torreys follow the trail back to the saddle and look for a sign that will direct you to a cut off that will meet back up with the trail used to ascend Grays. From there just backtrack to get back to the trailhead.
I did this climb at night so the pictures included lack color. The trail is easy enough to follow that we had no trouble in the dark (full moon though).
Trailhead: Take exit 221 off of I-70 at Bakerville and head South. Follow the road signs for Steven's Gulch Trailhead. The trailhead is well labeled next to a very large foot bridge and is generally crowded. (Lat:39.66047 Lon:-105.78496)
Trail Guides for Grays and Torreys:
by Gerry Roach (Fulcrum Publishing)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Clear Creek Ranger Station 303-567-3000
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by HighCountryHikr on 11/19/2010
I have a 2 door Ford Focus and made it to the trailhead without issue. The most challenging part of the road is early on - it's steep and intimating in a little car, but doable. Not sure how it would be wet though. The hike itself is very scenic and fairly easy - with no technical climbing or obstacles leading to Grays.
Reviewed by Zachy H on 10/4/2010
In response to the review by SH.... i have an Acura TL and got up the road to the trailhead just fine. There are some pretty big divots in the road up but nothing that would hinder your car from passing. Just take it slow and your passenger vehicle will get up the road just fine. Make sure to keep following the road up, do not stop at the first parking lot where a sign points up the road with the directive "to grays peak". This is not the parking lot you want as it is still about a mile and a half out. Other than that...this was a great hike. Best to get out early. Best part about this hike is your ability to see part of the "sky" chutes from torreys summit.
Reviewed by Kim on 8/4/2010
Grays-Torreys are a great destination for beginner Fourteeners. When I approached the trailhead several years ago in a Mitsubishi Eclipse, I parked 1.5 miles below the main trailhead parking area and hiked up. The entire hike is easy and pleasant, with mountain goats and prolific pika. View Frisco-Silverthorne and the Gore Range west of the Continental Divide here. South, view the Continental Divide at Webster Pass, above Montezuma-Keystone.
Reviewed by SH on 9/7/2009
I'm sure this is a nice hike, but the road leading to the trailhead is very difficult, nearly impossible for a passenger vehicle and still not easy for high clearance vehicle. Had to hike the road and noticed people changing 2 flat tires on an SUV they got driving up, as well as a spot where someone with a passenger car hit a bump and got a big leak. Having to hike this road from the bottom adds about 5 miles onto the total hiking distance. Did not complete due to the extra distance of the road, but seemed nice. If hiking the road stay away from the broken down barn on the right - looks unstable, has signs to keep away and there was an animal hissing at me from inside - most likely raccoon.
Reviewed by jch on 9/28/2004
trip at http://joshhikes.blogspot.com/
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