Gray's & Torrey's Peak

Gray's & Torrey's Peak near Silver Plume, CO


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8 miles
8hours
difficult
Back Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Silver Plume, CO
User aegora
Gray's and Torrey's mountains are two of Colorado's 14'ers; mountains

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.

Directions:

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.




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