Grays Peak

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Due to their easy access to I-70 and short distance from Denver, Grays Peak and nearby Torreys Peak are two of the most popular (and crowded) Fourteeners in Colorado. Grays Peak is the ninth highest peak in Colorado, as well as the highest point on the Continental Divide in the continental US. There are several easy routes to the top of Grays Peak, the most popular being Stevens Gulch from the Northeast. Many people climb Grays Peak, descend 500 feet to a saddle, and then climb Torreys Peak (14,267). The round trip is about 8 miles and 3,600 feet of elevation gain.

Additional text submitted by BJ Bjorklund

Rather uneventful easy climb. Saw lots of mountain goats. I can't speak for other times of year, but when I did this peak in July, weather was good then a storm blew in quite rapidly covering the peak in clouds as I was at the summit. About 1/2 the climbers at the peak then chose to try to proceed to Torrey peak in the bad weather and 1/2 chose to call it a day and just do the one summit. I chose the latter and will have to bag Torrey another day.

Elevation (feet): 14,270
Elevation (meters): 4,350
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Front Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.6339
Longitude: -105.817
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Denver
Convenient Center: Georgetown

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 86 trip reports for Grays Peak.

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  • Log #22478 - by tkeusch21 on Aug 08, 2014
    Today I chose to do Gray's Peak. This was a bit more difficult than I had planned. The first problem I encountered was actually getting to the trail. The unpaved road was unpassable unless you had a...
  • Log #22341 - by gneep5 on Aug 27, 2012
    Uneventful morning driving up to the trailhead to walk up Gray's Peak and back down to the saddle and up to the top of Torrey's Peak. Started to rain lightly as I was going up Torrey's. For this...
  • Log #22039 - by butterflyer on Aug 08, 2010
    First 14er one of the best climbs of my life i had so much fun but there were a lot of people.
  • Log #21534 - by Paul Grossman on Dec 07, 2008
    First time climb over 5000 feet. Great trail, well marked. Fantastic views. Bagged Torreys on the same day.
  • Log #21242 - by Lucas Rocksvold on Apr 03, 2008
    Travis the traveler and I went up the west side of grays from peru creek. After failed first attempt due to weather and wimps from the torreys saddle our second was a two day trip. Left parking lot...
  • Log #21015 - by Tracy M on Sep 07, 2007
    Parked far below the trail head. Wasn't sure if rental car would make it. Found a group to hike with. There was alot of snow but it was a beautiful day.
  • Log #20633 - by Jim Young on Jan 28, 2007
    Hiked up trail from mine on east side. sunny and calm day with only a few patches of snow. Did not do Torrey's; but left it for the following year.
  • Log #20051 - by Mike Surfer on Aug 10, 2006
    I took approx. 2 and a half hours to summit Grays Peak.I started off from the Grays Peak Trailhead @ 8:45 A.M. Most of the trail is loose rock.
  • Log #19173 - by Jeff Fox on Feb 17, 2006
    Due to snow and ice on the road up, I had to park at the I-70 exit parking area. My vehicle could not make it to the trail head. Total round trip was 14 miles. Bright sunny day, cold (temp at top...
  • Log #8676 - by CHris Norman and James Van Loan on Nov 08, 2004
    What a great experience! The day could not have been better. It rained the whole day before the climb, we thought we would have to swim our way to the top. However, the day of the climb was a perfect...
  • Log #8679 - by Ken Nakao on Oct 11, 2004
    Definitely a good hike for an intermediate-level hiker. The view from the summit was outstanding. I am looking forward to hiking this trail next year.
  • Log #8680 - by Josh Terrell on Oct 04, 2004
    Did this peak along with Torreys. I did Torreys first and then to Grays. They peak to peak from Torreys to Grays was a little rough because of the quick vertical gain but a fun hike. Had fun Pam!
  • Log #8681 - by Ryan Granruth on Sep 20, 2004
    We began our climb at 6:15am just as the sun was rising. The parking lot was already filling up. We reached the summit of Grays in just over two hours seeing only three other people along the way....
  • Log #8682 - by James Hutchcroft on Sep 02, 2004
    Both trips were invigorating experiences. The first climb was with my brother in-law an Irish Wolf Hound and a miniature Dachshund. Well let's say the Dachshund petered out pretty much half way. Let...
  • Log #8683 - by joseph Caulkins on Aug 23, 2004
    Great day in the mountains! Had lunch on the summit with two mountain goats for 45 minutes. The road going to the trailhead was really bad. I hitched a ride with a lovely lady Donna and her dog....
  • Log #8684 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Aug 14, 2004
    Climbed this peak with my wife, Suzanne. My third ascent, her first. Hit the trail at 5:38 am MDT. Summitted at 9:15 am, climbing the pinnacle known as "The Rascal" on the way.
  • Log #8686 - by Karen on July 03, 2004
    Somewhat cold at the top, rained the last mile down, and zero visibility... bummer. But of course a hike is always a hike, and that's always good:-) Followed it with the saddle to Torries.
  • Log #8687 - by Jerry Fultz on Apr 02, 2004
    Did this peak in tandem with Torrey's Peak. All 8 in our party made both summits. The Stevens Gulch trail is very well maintained and extremely popular. This is one of the most accessible 14'ers from...
  • Log #8763 - by Kirk Mallory on Oct 01, 2003
    This was my second Colorado Fourteener - Torreys Peak was my third, which I summited in the same day. It also was one of my worst experiences on a mountain. I started at 9 AM under partly cloudy...
  • Log #8762 - by Kirk Mallory on Sep 30, 2003
    This was my second climb of Grays Peak, and a much better experience! This time I climbed it from the South, starting at Chihuahua Gulch. I first climbed to the top of Cooper Mountain (12,792), then...
  • Log #8688 - by Keegan Parker on Sep 15, 2003
    Great hike but snowy and cold the whole hike. There were about 2-3 inches of snow traversing from torreys to grays. I would reccomend climbing torreys first because it is the steeper of the two and...
  • Log #8689 - by Kevin and Jenni Baker on Sep 15, 2003
    I convinced my wife to hike Grays and Torreys with me despite snow showers looming. The forecast called for 2-4 inches down to 7000', but we didn't get to any snow until 12500'. We were averaging...
  • Log #8690 - by Matt Loscalzo on Sep 13, 2003
    Did Torreys first, then Grays. Took a buddy up his first 14ers. It was great to see the look on his face when he made it to the summit, and realized where he was. Grays and Torreys are great first...
  • Log #8691 - by Peter on Sep 11, 2003
    First 14er, got really close to some mountain goats, wish I could've done Torreys too.
  • Log #8692 - by Peter & Ben Alexander on Aug 28, 2003
    Peter, Linda and Ben (12) Alexander climbed Grays & Torreys via the standard trail. We had considered using the Lost Rat Couloir on Gray's but there was not enough snow left in 2002. This is a...
  • Log #8693 - by Mike Carlson on Aug 24, 2003
    We went up Saturday afternoon with the intention of camping and then summiting on the 24th. However, the mountain looked way to easy in the daytime and too crowded as well. So, the obvious...
  • Log #8694 - by Brian Martinez on Aug 18, 2003
    I started Hiking May 5th of 2003 and this was my first 14ner. I knew of only one way to get into shape. START CLIMBING. I lost 50 lbs in less than 90 day and never changed my eating habbits.
  • Log #8695 - by Lou Sousa on Aug 11, 2003
    Summitted Grays Peak on Fri, Aug 8. Left vehicle at 6:30am. Reached summit about 9:30am. Was quite cloudy during ascent but clear and cool when I reached the peak.
  • Log #8696 - by Charles W. Miller Ph.D. on Aug 04, 2003
    Had tried in 1988 but clouded over. Success 7/93 as warm-up for Whitney.
  • Log #8697 - by Andrea Cheatham on July 16, 2003
    Being flat landers and a bit out of shape, we took it real slow. 7hrs up, but it wasn't that difficult. 4 hrs down. Coming down was harder on the knees.
  • Log #8698 - by Brenda S. Brackmann on July 15, 2003
    This was my first 14er. Started out at 5:30am alone in complete solitude until about 7:30am. Took 4 hours 20 minutes to summit Gray's, a very slow time to be sure, but it was a picture perfect day...
  • Log #8699 - by Dan Spellman on July 08, 2003
    Took a rookie and my brother up Grays and Torreys. It was my second time on these two. Had the usual altitude headache but made it up and down pretty fast. Usual weekend Denver crowds.
  • Log #8700 - by Karen Anderson on July 06, 2003
    This was my family's first 14-er, and it was a great experience. My husband and I are both 45, and our two daughters are ages 8 and 11. We took it slow and steady, and our round trip time to Gray's...
  • Log #8701 - by Jonathan T. Urban on June 23, 2003
    Climbed with my Dad age 60 and 4 other people from Colorado Springs. Spotted 11 different mountain goat one group of 3 with 2 kids. Many people on summit we climbed from the East side and had snow...
  • Log #8702 - by John M . Urban, Jr. on June 23, 2003
    I am soon to be 60 years old and enjoyed the climb. I climbed with my 20 year old Son and some 4 other people from Colorado Springs and Michigan.
  • Log #8703 - by Richard K. Macko on May 16, 2003
    Climbed Grays peak with people I met at the base, Tom Mitchel and Bonnie from Bakersville, Colorado. This was my first 14'er. What a thrill. Then cut across the saddle and did Torrey's Peak with Tom.
  • Log #8704 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 07, 2003
    Lots of snow from earlier storm. Very windy and cold.
  • Log #8705 - by Deborah Fronsdahl on Dec 30, 2002
    Took three tries, but finally made it. Didn't get Torreys though; left too late in the day, loitered too much taking pictures of mountain goats.
  • Log #8706 - by Jeremy Rhoades on Nov 02, 2002
    Solo climb of Torreys & Grays from I-70 Bakerville exit. Came within 5 ft. of 14 mtn goats.
  • Log #8707 - by Trish Conlon on Sep 24, 2002
    Thanks to Rob Hepburn for not summitting before, or it may have been 2003 before I got to these peaks.
  • Log #8708 - by Christine Gubler on Sep 10, 2002
    Wow, what an amazing accomplishment for me. Never even knew that 14ers were something that people hiked. Well, I know now and I think it is pretty amazing. This is my second 14er and I plan on doing...
  • Log #8710 - by Chris Larcinese on Aug 20, 2002
    A bit more challenging than I thought it would be - the altitude really affected me. My 14 year old daughter who doesn't like to hike joined me, and after 4 hours we reached the summit. Very...
  • Log #8711 - by Jordan Churchill on Aug 19, 2002
    Which Peak should we go on first? We just hiked Evan's Peak which was my first 14 er' and my brothers second. He did Long's the weekend before last. Send me any tips if you have any. We are going to...
  • Log #8712 - by Brian Boeninger on July 22, 2002
    I started hiking around 9:15 on a perfectly clear and warm day. Tons of flowers were blooming in the tundra. The trail was incredibly full of people, all of whom were very friendly. Made it up to...
  • Log #8713 - by Charles Liu on July 18, 2002
    Well, it would have been an easy hike had I gone up the normal route. But I chose to go up Torreys first via Kelso Ridge. What a rush! The knife ridge near the summit really pumps your adrenaline....
  • Log #8715 - by Victoria Jones on June 21, 2002
    The climb itself is not hard. A easy one for people used to high altitude. I am not, so I really struggled the last 1,000 verticle feet ( about a mile). It took me 5 hours to make it because of the...
  • Log #8716 - by Darvon K Henry on June 10, 2002
    Longer hike than I thought it would be. Left heel developed a painful blister on it. Too many people!!!! Gorgeous view once again. Hiked it w/ my good friend Matt Williams.
  • Log #8717 - by Andrew Huttner on June 08, 2002
    Some snow. Beautiful day. Also took saddle to Torrey
  • Log #8718 - by Todd Brubaker on May 30, 2002
    Took the NE Face, Stevens Gulch I believe, on August 9th, 2001. Started around 8AM (Too late for a summertime climb) and summited by noon, after waiting for my slow uncles and aunts. A rather...
  • Log #8719 - by Tom Bourn on May 19, 2002
    At 39, 285 pounds, and with my 9 yr old son we summited after 8 hours of ascent. Definately a tesiment to slow..but sure...key to taken youngsters, make them drink alot of water BEFORE they start and...
  • Log #8721 - by Donald W. McCulloch on Mar 20, 2002
    Grays and Torreys. These are my 3rd and 4th 14ers. Weather changes quickly in the Colorado Rockies. I have seen it snow in early August.
  • Log #8722 - by Peter De Lucia on Mar 19, 2002
    I climbed this mountain back in 1995. It was my first 14-er. I signed the scroll on the top, does anyone know what happens to it?? Thanks, Peter.
  • Log #8723 - by Jeff Peacock on Jan 31, 2002
    I ascended the Horseshoe Gulch Route (Southeast Face). I would not recommend this route to a beginner climber; this route is fairly stenuous and rockfall can be a hazard if you venture too far onto...
  • Log #8724 - by Scott Tompkins on Nov 12, 2001
    Camped out and Did Grays and Kelso. Got altitude sickness between Grays and Torreys and had to descend, missing Torreys. My advice? Drink lots of water and ensure you eat a snack along the way if...
  • Log #8725 - by Pamela Stone on Sep 05, 2001
    This was a great hike, it took us just about 2 hours to summit. The view was absolutely gorgeous, one of the best in CO. (I think)great 14er....
  • Log #8727 - by Brenton J Weaver on Aug 24, 2001
    I loved looking at the little Marrmots on the way up. I summited from Stevens Gulch on my first day ever above 8,000 ft.
  • Log #8728 - by Cathy & Steve on Aug 23, 2001
    My first 14'er, Whoo-Hoo! Steve and I had a great time hiking, of course he is an expert at this sort of thing so it made our trip even easier! We started early to beat the crowds and the rain, and...
  • Log #8729 - by Tom Spring on July 24, 2001
    Rode my mountain bike up (well pushed alot) and down (save a half-dozen dismounts) from I-70 (Bakerville) to summit of Grays Peak! Beautiful, perfect day. By the time I reached the summit, approx. 7...
  • Log #8730 - by Larry Pedigo on July 23, 2001
    This proved a to be a nice climb. It's a Class 1 hike all the way on an easily discernable path. My 7-year-old dog made it up with little problem--this her first 14'er. It's still an exposed peak, so...
  • Log #8731 - by Jim Lombard on July 17, 2001
    First Fourteener for me, great introduction and we even had a photogenic Mt Goat pose for us!
  • Log #8732 - by Cory S. Monk on July 09, 2001
    This was a great warm-up for Mount Elbert the next day. Being from Illinois, we used Gray's to get use to the altitude. Had a wonderful day and it was an easy climb.
  • Log #8733 - by Christopher Dorry on July 05, 2001
    Completed with Ann Marie and Bob Dorry. Beautiful day, a little over 5 hours to do both Grays and Torreys round trip.
  • Log #8735 - by Mike Coleman on Apr 10, 2001
    Access road to Stevens Gulch TH closed in winter so this becomes a 14 mile outing. Snowshoes necessary. A week later I used this trail as a descent off of Torrey's having climbed Torrey's north...
  • Log #8736 - by Jay Leppanen on Feb 19, 2001
    Used the Stephens Gulch Trailhead.Not too many climbers that day,had used a hike up Long's Peak Trailhead the day prior as a good acclimatization hike. There were some snowflakes in the air.Not bad...
  • Log #8737 - by Mickey Hines on Feb 18, 2001
    very good conditions - no threat of afternoon t-storms. However, switch back trails refroze in afternoon - thaw-refreeze - treacherous. Made Torrey's summit. nice trail head, and not crowded on a...
  • Log #8742 - by Jason Kerr on Oct 23, 2000
    This was my first accent of anything over 11,000 feet! I heard all the horror stories of the crowded summit, dirty trails, but my experience was breathtaking! A 50 degree day with a little...
  • Log #8743 - by Mickey Hines on Oct 22, 2000
    October climbing means no threat of afternoon T-storms. However, the switch-back trails were covered with snow that melted and refroze. Treacherous. However, most of the day was pleasant.
  • Log #8738 - by Miles Heritage on Sep 03, 2000
    Climbed the Torrey's Gray's combo in reverse via the Kelso Ridge route. The ridge is provides scenic views all morning and adds a challenge to this popular mountain. Tread carefully on this route it...
  • Log #8745 - by Kristian Hanelt on Aug 28, 2000
    Got chased down by lighting at 11:30
  • Log #8739 - by Ron Wilkinson on July 23, 2000
    A lot of people like this one. I climbed Torry's Peak too. Total time 5:45 with time on both summits.
  • Log #8740 - by Benjamin Witt on July 15, 2000
    The picturesque approach from Stevens Gulch Trailhead provides a great apporoach to Grays and Torreys.
  • Log #8746 - by Ed Pearson on July 11, 2000
    Pesky goats ate my breakfast, went on to Torreys.
  • Log #8748 - by Jon Bradford on July 05, 2000
    first fourteener climbed. hung out with a friendly mountain goat on top. went on to torrey's peak.
  • Log #8741 - by BJ Bjorklund on June 12, 2000
    Pretty easy summit. Weather blew in suddenly as I was at the summit. Usually Torrey peak is climbed after this, but with marginal/bad weather I elected to not hike off the ridge into a cloud bank.
  • Log #8749 - by William Nelson on May 30, 2000
    Easy, and too crowded
  • Log #8751 - by Tom Schek on May 08, 2000
    Spectacular view. Hiked over hard packed snow going up; trudged through soft, melting snow on the way down. About 3 hours each way. I read where somebody called Gray's "cheesy" - he...
  • Log #8752 - by Sean Reed on Apr 16, 2000
    Fun hike. The trail does tend to feel really long with all of those switchbacks. #2
  • Log #8753 - by Brian Ward on Feb 13, 2000
    My Dad and I hiked the Stevens Gulch trail to Grays my first day in Colorado before starting school at CSU. We passed through a rain shower about a mile up the trail, but had clear, morning skies and...
  • Log #8754 - by Robert Norris on Feb 10, 2000
    A cool day with clouds rushing past at eye level, not much of a view, Torreys would have to wait 10 months.
  • Log #8755 - by Chad Folden on Feb 09, 2000
    This is a cheezy, easy, and breezy hike. It is definitely the easiest of the 14'ers. Once you get there though, it's like you're on top of the world!!! (except for what you can't see behind torry's...
  • Log #8756 - by Doug Parr and Tim Parr on Dec 09, 1999
    What a happy day! About 300 people were on the trails to Grays and Torreys Peaks, and everyone was happy. All the people were smiling, all the dogs were wagging. We climbed both peaks.
  • Log #8757 - by Jeff Springer on Aug 18, 1999
    cakewalk. wanted to do torrey's as well but weather didn't permit it. had severe cloud cover 13000 on up, 20-30 mph winds and snow.
  • Log #8758 - by Howard Hill on July 26, 1999
    Ascended Kelso ridge to Torrey's and watched what looked to be an ant farm moving on Gray's Northeast side move along the trail. After I traversed over to Gray's was among the 50-100 hikers on top....
  • Log #8759 - by Charlie Vogel on July 07, 1999
    Good little climb to kill some time. Hey, I'm a poet and I didn't know it! Ascended from Steven's Gulch at 6:00 AM, summited Gray's at 8:45, and encountered some friendly mountain goats atop....
  • Log #8760 - by Chris Francoeur on June 21, 1999
    Grays & Torreys and good glisading
  • Log #8761 - by Ken Whittenburg on June 07, 1999
    Climbed via the ridge from Torreys. The clouds were coming in fast so I went as quickly as I could. When I got near the summit, the clouds really socked in. I could see about 30 people coming up the...