which reach higher than 14,000 feet of elevation, with Gray's reaching
14,270' and Torrey's Peak - 14,267'. Because of their close proximity (the
two are separated only by a saddle), this pair are often scaled together,
though that is by no means necessary.
The Trail begins in a lush valley beneath the two mountains and gradually
ascends through a number of switchbacks to the summit of Grays before
heading down the saddle to Torrey's summit. The view back into the
valley is stunning, and the views from both peaks are absolutely
spectacular, being without a doubt the highest points in the area.
Wildflowers populate the lower reaches and hikers are treated to a
serenade of Pika calls as they head upwards.
Downhill ski enthusiasts have been known to ski down various of the
slopes on the mountain.
Take I70 west from Denver to the Bakerville exit (#221). Leave the highway
and drive south over the overpass 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, it is recommended for low-clearance passenger cars to park here. It’s
almost 5 Km from the winter trailhead to the summer trailhead. Reach a
junction after 1.5Km - stay straight and follow the sign for the Grays Peak
trailhead. Continue another 3 Km to the Summer trailhead at 11,280’. There
are restrooms and a few camping spots near the parking area.