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Grays and Torreys Peaks

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (117) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Summit two 14ers on the Continental Divide along an alpine lollipop loop close to Denver


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8.3

Miles

13.3

KM

61%

Runnable

14,246' 4,342 m

High

11,242' 3,427 m

Low

3,479' 1,061 m

Up

3,466' 1,056 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Grays and Torreys are the only two 14ers situated on the Continental Divide and provide great views of the area. Grays is considered the highest point on the Continental Divide. The peaks are in close proximity to each other so it is popular to run them both in one day. The standard route is from Grays Peak Trail at Stevens Gulch. This is one of the most popular 14er runs in Colorado due to its proximity to Denver and the Front Range.

Need to Know

The road access to the trailhead can be some of the worst in Colorado. In summer, high clearance 4WD recommended but high clearance 2WD will be fine. If using low clearance vehicle, add a couple miles to the hike by parking towards the bottom.

Runner Notes

Scrambling and scree involved to reach the summit, be wary.

Description

From the Grays Peak Trailhead (Stevens Gulch Trailhead), cross a well-maintained bridge and travel southwest, already near treeline at 11,259. The trail meanders along the south slopes of Kelso Mountain to Kelso Junction 1.85 miles in. The small trail on the right leads to Kelso Ridge and Torreys Peak. Continue straight on the main trail heading west of the ridge until reaching the upper slopes.

The trail reaches the Torreys Peak South Slope junction 2.8 miles in at 13,270. Heading right leads to the saddle between Grays and Torreys Peak. When running both peaks in one day, most travel in a clockwise direction, running up Grays Peak first. To do so, turn left at the junction to continue to Grays Peak up talus slopes. The trail traverses across the north slope and begins a series of switchbacks at 13,840. The trail turns southeast just before the final pitch to the summit (14,270), 3.75 miles from the trailhead.

From the summit of Grays Peak, Torreys Peak is less than a mile away. Descend the North Ridge of Grays toward Torreys Peak. Follow the trail through tight switchbacks for .40 miles to the trail junction with the Torreys Peak Trail. The saddle between Grays and Torreys is a short distance ahead. Follow the Torreys Peak Trail along the south slope to the summit. Torreys Peak lies at 14,267 and is 4.6 miles in when doing both peaks.

To return to the trailhead, descend to the Grays-Torreys saddle again, traverse across the North Slopes of Grays to join the Grays Peak Trail. Descend the Grays Peak Trail to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Alpine and subalpine plants and animals including various spruce/fir trees, marmots, pika and many more organisims.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mike Langenkamp with improvements by Matthew D

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 117 votes

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Photos

Looking back down to Kelso Mountain, a fun 13er to warm up on!
Dec 6, 2019 near Georgetown, CO
The Path - Grays Peak Trail
Apr 14, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
On the trail up to Grays Peak.
Jul 3, 2017 near Georgetown, CO
This mountain goat went off trail to climb it's own mini summit!
Dec 12, 2019 near Georgetown, CO
Near the Grays Peak Trailhead
Apr 9, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Mountain goat near top of Grays.
Jul 3, 2017 near Georgetown, CO

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Oct 6, 2019
clement Berujon
8.3mi — 3h 13m
Sep 7, 2019
Rob Brackett
Crowded 8.3mi — 2h 46m
Aug 28, 2019
Todd Norman
Trail clear of snow except for a ~25 foot section on the trail leading to/from the saddle. Great route. No crowds on a Wednesday. 8.3mi — 3h 34m
Jul 26, 2019
Atsuko Ohtake
beautiful day! 8.8mi — 6h 32m
Jul 20, 2019
Private User
Jun 8, 2019
Joe Allen
Awesome trail. Steven's Gulch road is not passable due to two massive avalanche fields. Tons of snow so plan on post holing and many false trails 12.3mi — 4h 20m
Sep 2, 2018
Gannon Duckworth
Awesome trail! Very crowded
Aug 14, 2018
Katie C
9.3mi