Gray’s Peak

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Distance

8 Miles

Highest Elevation

14,270ft.

Lowest Elevation

11,280ft.

Ascent

4,800 ft.

Difficulty

Class 1

Overview

This standard route up Gray’s and Torrrey’s is an easy 50 minute drive from Denver. Parking at the highway will add a few miles. High clearance 4×4 vehicles can probably make it to the summer trailhead up a rough NFS road, but parking quickly overflows up to a mile down the road on weekends. Spot plenty of goats, cross various rivers and streams, and see old mining claims on your way to these two straightforward climbs.

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How to Run Gray’s Peak

From the i-70 Bakerville exit:

Some vehicles may not be able to negotiate the forest service road, and should park in the lot just off the service road on the south side of the exit. Parking can become extremely congested on the weekends as the upper road is narrow, the summer lot is small, and hundreds of cars can line the sides. It is recommended you park at the Bakerville exit lot if you can spare the few extra miles.

The summer trailhead starts a couple of miles up the National Forest service road. Data for this route is based on the summer trailhead. Cross the bridge and begin climbing a defined and maintained trail. You’ll pass through shoulder height willow plants and parallel a river in the first mile. There is a very rocky section of the trail near mile 1.6. If you need to filter water, this is a reliable area for flowing water for early/mid season climbs. At about mile 1.8, you’ll reach a not-so-obvious intersection with the Kelso Ridge turnout. Keep left, on the main, most defined trail. A turn to the right (you might not even notice it) will take you up Kelso Ridge, a class 3 off-trail route with loose rocks and falling danger.

At 2.75 miles, split right for Torrey’s Peak, or Left for Gray’s Peak. The trail is a loop in either direction and never goes above an easy Class 2 difficulty.

The north slopes of Gray’s Peak were extensively maintained in 2020, and CFI added a trail with raised rock borders to it for ease of navigation.

Weather on this peak can be extremely variable, even in summer months. Go prepared.

Torrey’s Peak has straightforward switchbacks up its south slopes.

Return back the way you came.

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