Torreys West Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,600' 792 m
Descent: -1,260' -384 m
High: 14,191' 4,326 m
Low: 12,653' 3,857 m
GradeAvg Grade: 19% (11°)
Max Grade: 95% (43°)
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“Solitude up a busy 14er.”— aaron moore
Access this trail by first taking the Mt. Sniktau Trail located on south side of Loveland Pass. That trail starts climbing steeply right away. You'll top out on your first bump on the ridgeline after roughly .85 mile and about 900 ft of elevation gain. From this point, the trail breaks off to the southeast. I wasn't kidding when I say this route starts out quick!
Your next goal is to climb to the top of Grizzly Peak, a 13er. From that first bump on the ridge it is 2 miles to the top of Grizzly. The ski area you see below you and to the north is Arapahoe Basin, a really fun ski area that some years stays open until the 4th of July. Once you are done taking in the views, you have a scree-filled descent of the backside to a saddle between Grizzly and Torreys Peak.
The ascent of the backside of Torreys is a straightforward, but a slog and a half! According to google earth in 1.1 miles you'll gain 1600 feet of elevation!!! Just to remind you, that is not starting at sea level, you are starting at 12,500 and going up over 14,000 feet! Depending on when you started and your pace, Torreys is the probably the first time you'll see people. The Grays and Torreys Peaks is a very popular route for people to train and to get in their first fourteener experience.
Once you reach Torrey's Peak, you'll return the way that you came.
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Land Manager: USFS - Dillon Ranger District, White River NF