ElevationAscent: 2,381' 726 m
Descent: -2,379' -725 m
High: 13,359' 4,072 m
Low: 12,003' 3,658 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 86% (41°)
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“A ridgeline run entirely above treeline (mostly around 13,00 ft elevation) to a tough 13er.”— Cam Morton
Once at the top of the first hill, head right towards Grizzly Peak (heading left would take you to Mt. Sniktau Trail). This section provides multiple miles of enjoyable rolling ridge traversing with incredible views along the Continental Divide.
The remaining 0.4 miles up Grizzly Peak are pretty steep and on loose rock. Be careful of your footing and take your time up. Once at the summit, the trail continues on to Torreys Peak (Torreys West Ridge Trail), a 14er, and then on to Grays Peak (another 14er). Take in the views of these 14ers as well as a bright blue lake just south of the Grizzly Peak summit below.
Head back the way you came. Before ascending the last peak (the first one you climbed today), there is a side trail to the left (west) that will skirt around this peak and shave off some time/distance on your descent. In mid-July, this trail was full of wildflowers. Once back on the wider trail, head down to the parking lot to finish up the route.
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