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Grays and Torreys Peaks

 35 votes

Length

8.3 Miles 13.4 Kilometers


Elevation

3,535' 1,077 m

Ascent

-3,534' -1,077 m

Descent

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

59%

Max Grade (30°)

14,257' 4,345 m

High

11,249' 3,429 m

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Summit two 14ers on the Continental Divide along an alpine lollipop loop close to Denver

Mike Langenkamp

Overview

Grays and Torreys are the only two 14ers situated on the Continental Divide and provide great views of the area. Grays is considered the highest point on the Continental Divide. The peaks are in close proximity to each other so it is popular to hike them both in one day. The standard route is from Grays Peak Trail at Stevens Gulch. This is one of the most popular 14er hikes in Colorado due to its proximity to Denver and the Front Range.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

The road access to the trailhead can be some of the worst in Colorado. Bring a 4X4 high clearance vehicle if possible or add a couple miles to the hike, depending on the year.

Description

From the Grays Peak Trailhead (Stevens Gulch Trailhead), cross a well-maintained bridge and travel southwest, already near treeline at 11,259. The trail meanders along the south slopes of Kelso Mountain to Kelso Junction 1.85 miles in. The small trail on the right leads to Kelso Ridge and Torreys Peak. Continue straight on the main trail heading west of the ridge until reaching the upper slopes.

The trail reaches the Torreys Peak South Slope junction 2.8 miles in at 13,270. Heading right leads to the saddle between Grays and Torreys Peak. When hiking both peaks in one day, most travel in a clockwise direction, hiking up Grays Peak first. To do so, turn left at the junction to continue to Grays Peak up talus slopes. The trail traverses across the north slope and begins a series of switchbacks at 13,840. The trail turns southeast just before the final pitch to the summit (14,270), 3.75 miles from the trailhead.

From the summit of Grays Peak, Torreys Peak is less than a mile away. Descend the North Ridge of Grays toward Torreys Peak. Follow the trail through tight switchbacks for .40 miles to the trail junction with the Torreys Peak Trail. The saddle between Grays and Torreys is a short distance ahead. Follow the Torreys Peak Trail along the south slope to the summit. Torreys Peak lies at 14,267 and is 4.6 miles in when doing both peaks.

To return to the trailhead, descend to the Grays-Torreys saddle again, traverse across the North Slopes of Grays to join the Grays Peak Trail. Descend the Grays Peak Trail to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Alpine and subalpine plants and animals including various spruce/fir trees, marmots, pika and many more organisims.

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Mar 12, 2018
Haydn Braun
14mi
Oct 29, 2017
Jessica Lopez
Oct 15, 2017
Aaron States
Oct 1, 2017
Mason Hebert
Grays peak only from summer trailhead, just under 1ft of snow the night before 8mi
Sep 21, 2017
Brian Rempel
Started at 6:45 am. Finished 1:20 pm. Extremely windy at the summit of both mountains. 50-60 mph sustained winds. 8.3mi
Sep 18, 2017
Karly G
Wonderful first 14er!!! 8.3mi
Sep 9, 2017
C R
Sep 7, 2017
John Hogan

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  4.3 from 35 votes

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