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A technical, Class 3 route up or down the northeast ridge of Torreys Peak along the saddle to Kelso Mountain.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

Point to Point

14,219' 4,334 m

High

12,324' 3,756 m

Low

19' 6 m

Up

1,894' 577 m

Down

33%

Avg Grade (18°)

63%

Max Grade (32°)

Dogs Unknown

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After deciding to drop from Torreys Peak along Kelso Ridge, we passed two groups who both separately wanted us to know that we should turn around. Probably due to 14er fever and that hiking Grays and Torreys Peaks is a great way to knock out two summits, this technical route gets more action than it probably should considering its exposure and somewhat careful route finding.

That said, if you have time, trust your ability and/or have a helpful photo guide (see 14ers.com), and don't mind exposure, this can be a challenging/rewarding and less busy route.

In addition to exposure and route finding, the rock through this ridge can be loose and untrustworthy, so make sure to maintain three points of contact (when possible) and test the rocks before you put full weight on them. Ropes are not necessary. The Dead Dog Couloir is a popular, classic spring ski line.

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Zander Göpfert

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  4.7 from 13 votes

#3

in Georgetown

#463

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in Georgetown

#92

in Colorado

#463

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Photos

Looking down Kelso Ridge.
May 7, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Looking back up the exhilarating Kelso Ridge toward Torreys.
May 7, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Continuing down Kelso Ridge with the trail through the meadow visible in the righthand side background.
May 7, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
A steep, loose, and exposed descent with some minor down climbing.
May 7, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Kelso Ridge.
May 7, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Torreys Peak summit view
Mar 4, 2015 near Georgetown, CO

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