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Kelso Ridge

Extremely Difficult

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
47% Runnable
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 19' 6 m
Descent: -1,894' -577 m
High: 14,219' 4,334 m
Low: 12,324' 3,756 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 33% (18°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

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

Zander Göpfert

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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 running 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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Jun 25, 2017
Corey Holt
Loved the challenge of this climb/hike/scramble. The route finding was sometimes challenging. Definitely test the rocks before adding your weight

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  4.6 from 7 votes

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A steep, loose, and exposed descent with some minor down climbing.
May 7, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Looking back up the exhilarating Kelso Ridge toward Torreys.
May 7, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Kelso Ridge.
May 7, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Torreys Peak summit view
Mar 4, 2015 near Georgetown, CO
Looking back up Kelso Ridge and lots of loose rock.
May 7, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
Looking down Kelso Ridge.
May 7, 2018 near Georgetown, CO

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