Torreys Peak

Elevation (feet): 14,267
Elevation (meters): 4,349
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Front Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.6428
Longitude: -105.821
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.

Torreys Peak, like its neighbor Grays Peak, is one of the more popular Fourteeners in Colorado. Torreys Peak is one of only two Fourteeners that lie on the Continental Divide in the lower 48 states (Grays peak is the other). Many people climb Torreys Peak from Stevens Gulch after summiting Grays Peak first. Other good routes include a hike along the Continental Divide from Loveland Pass, a Southern approach from Chihuahua Gulch, and the more difficult Kelso Ridge. Great steep snow climb on Dead Dog Colouir. A very good workout to summit.

Trip Reports

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

There are 54 trip reports for Torreys Peak.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #21535 - by Paul Grossman on Dec 07, 2008
    Climbed Greys Peak first then crossed the saddle to Torreys. Great hike.
  • Log #21269 - by Lucas Rocksvold on Apr 28, 2008
    Another hike from the west side, instead of traditional east approach. Rob simon and I thumbed it up to the summit of loveland pass. Left at 8 in the morning. snowboards and avy gear.
  • Log #20966 - by Tracy on Aug 21, 2007
    Long day. Lots of snow.cloudy. June 8 2007. glad that I had hiking poles. Did not do the second climb
  • Log #20149 - by Greg Andersom on Aug 13, 2006
    I climbed Torreys in pursuit of all 54. I left the trailhead at 4:30am to beat the crowds and oh was I right! I had the summit all to myself but on the way back down passed at least 250-300 people...
  • Log #19060 - by Christian Rockwood on Feb 14, 2006
    Grays and Torreys are great peaks to start out on. Very light scrambling is the maximum difficulty at any given point. The views are great from the top and it's only an hour plus from Denver. The...
  • Log #8877 - by Ken Nakao on Oct 11, 2004
    I hiked this peak after hiking Grays Peak. It was a challenge after exerting most of my energy on Grays Peak. The view from the summit was beautiful.
  • Log #8878 - by Josh Terrell on Oct 01, 2004
    Did this peak along with Grays peak. Pretty good views from both mountains. I hiked both alone but did meet some nice people on the hike. Pam if you ever need someone to hike with send me an email!
  • Log #8879 - by joseph Caulkins on Aug 24, 2004
    Climbed with Grays.
  • Log #8880 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Aug 14, 2004
    Climbed this peak in combination with Grays with my wife, Suzanne. My second ascent, her first. Took about an hour to cross the ridge from Grays, hitting the summit just after 10:30 am MDT. Wind...
  • Log #8881 - by Karen on July 03, 2004
    After summiting Grays, we headed to Torreys. Good stuff as always, only it started to sleet and rain a bit on the way down and both summits had no visibility. Oh well, it's still always great to do a...
  • Log #8882 - by Emily Weissleder on July 02, 2004
    Aimed for Grays first, then to hit Torres. For my first 14ers all we had to say was WOW...over and over and over again... My smile felt bigger than those mountains were to climb :)
  • Log #8883 - by Jerry Fultz on Apr 02, 2004
    Did this peak in tandem with Grays 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 #8884 - by Frank Konsella on Mar 06, 2004
    LEAVE THE CROWDS (OR AT LEAST SOME OF THEM) BY CLIMBING KELSO RIDGE. SKIERS WITH THE ABILITY SHOULD PUT THE DEAD DOG COULOIR ON THEIR MUST-DO LIST.
  • Log #8885 - by Mike Nabil on Nov 26, 2003
    Combo with Grays. Came up from Horseshoe Basin. I was alone until I hit the summit.
  • Log #8886 - by adam prendergrass on Nov 12, 2003
    we had a late start on the day, we braved the storms way in the distance and headed up. we were the only two people on the summit around 2:30, it was cold and my nose was numb.
  • Log #8887 - by Brent on Oct 10, 2003
    I climbed Torreys with Grays. Torreys has an awsome summit, when it's not crowded. A great hike.
  • Log #8888 - by Matt Loscalzo on Sep 13, 2003
    Took a buddy up his first 14er's (Torreys then Grays). It was great to see his reaction to all of it. It is overwhelming, but you can't get enough. I still get that feeling, and get my fix whenever I...
  • Log #8889 - 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 #8890 - 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 #8891 - by Nick Churchill on Aug 18, 2003
    First 14er, up Kelso Ridge Hard climb up/Long hike down Enjoyed a Guiness Stout and milano cookies at the top. YEEHAW!
  • Log #8892 - by Charles W. Miller Ph.D. on Aug 04, 2003
    My most recent 14er, at age 56!
  • Log #8893 - by Mike Hutchins on July 21, 2003
    14,267 Feet of Seriously incredible James 1:1 action.... First 14er, done lot's of long hikes with some nice summits, but this was just incredible... Went with experienced friends up Kelso ridge. The...
  • Log #8894 - by Tom Crosman on July 13, 2003
    The North ridge makes for an interesting 4th class climb. The other route is just too boring. Watch out for the Mtn. Goats they'll walk right over you.
  • Log #8895 - by Deborah Fronsdahl on July 05, 2003
    Real kick to play in the snow on the Fourth of July! Some would complain about the crowded conditions, but I enjoy meeting people who have a common passion for the outdoors. This was my first summit...
  • Log #8896 - by Richard K. Macko on May 16, 2003
    Climbed this mountain with Tom Mitchell whom I met at the base. Started the climb of both Grays Peak and Mt. Torrey at 6 am and finished 8 1/2 hours later.
  • Log #8897 - by Duane M. Hatch on Oct 25, 2002
    My 1st 14er by way of Kelso Ridge!!! Class 3 (I don't think so). We almost lost our dog Miles but had fun anyway.
  • Log #8898 - 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 #8899 - by rcorby2 on Sep 03, 2002
    The most exciting and rewarding climb I have done to date! Some great class 3 and 4 moves!
  • Log #8900 - by Vaso Bjegovich on Sep 02, 2002
    Very nice hike after grays. Steep up but what a view.
  • Log #8901 - by Michael Maybee on Aug 16, 2002
    This was my third 14'er, traveling the saddle from Gray's on the same day. My first was Long's via the keyhole 13 years ago. This was a great way to get back into bagging Colorado 14'ers. Perfect day...
  • Log #8902 - by Charles Liu on July 18, 2002
    Well, it would have been an easy hike had I gone up the normal route via Grays. But I chose to go up via Kelso Ridge. What a rush! The knife ridge near the summit really pumps your adrenaline. Loved...
  • Log #8904 - by Darvon K Henry on June 10, 2002
    Bagged it w/ Grays. Piece of cake after Grays. Wanted to go down the north ridge but too much snow for my friends Matts boots.
  • Log #8905 - by Andrew Huttner on June 08, 2002
    Took saddle from Gray. Fantastic mountain. Uncovered the summit log which was buried in the snow. I was the first person to sign in in eight day.
  • Log #8906 - by David Kenyon on May 20, 2002
    Reached the summit via Kelso Ridge...what a great climb. There is nothing like a nice knife edge a few feet from the summit to make you appreciate reaching the top.
  • Log #8907 - by Donald W. McCulloch on Mar 20, 2002
    Grays and Torreys. This made for my 4th 14er after climbing Grays (3rd). Lightning is very dangerous at high altitudes above tree line. During the summer in the Colorado Rockies, thunderstorms are a...
  • Log #8908 - by Christopher Dorry on Nov 24, 2001
    Climbed via Grays Peak. #11
  • Log #8910 - by Scott Stillman on July 26, 2001
    The Dead Dog Couloir route on Torreys Peak was my first experience on a 14er, and 2nd snow climb. It took me six hours from the Stevens Gulch trail head to the summit, and two hours down. I was going...
  • Log #8911 - by Mike Coleman on Apr 10, 2001
    Ascended Torrey's North Ridge - descended by Steven's Gulch. North Ridge is considered class three with some class four moves just below the summit. With wind chill below zero and ice on the class...
  • Log #8912 - by Ryan Shirley on Dec 26, 2000
    Scott Williams and I climbed Torrey's Peak via the Kelso Ridge during a full moon. We started out around 5pm and hardly anyone was on the trail. The turnoff to the ridge is easy to see. There is an...
  • Log #8913 - by Shawn Voigts on Dec 16, 2000
    There is definately less oxygen at 14,000 feet than at 700 feet (Davenport's elevation)
  • Log #8914 - by Morgan Brown on Nov 04, 2000
    I did a fall climb of Kelso Ridge (NE) of Torreys. A really exciting scramble, especially if you insisted on sticking to the ridge top. It's a long, sustained climb -- a lot of bang for the buck,...
  • Log #8915 - by Matt Kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at http://www.trailjournals.com. If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #8916 - by Chris Mallow on July 21, 2000
    Took the Kelso Ridge route, and it was exquisite. A tougher, more strenuous route, but very rewarding once you hit the summit. Unfortunately, the register on the summit hadn't been changed since the...
  • Log #8917 - by Ed Pearson on July 11, 2000
    Nightlight turns to crimson sunrise. Dawn on Torreys reveals a pyrimid shadow of the peak on background. Pesky Goats!
  • Log #8920 - by Sean Reed on Apr 16, 2000
    If you're doing Grays do Torreys too. It doesn't take much extra time to do it as well. Great day hike. #5
  • Log #8921 - by Robert Norris on Feb 10, 2000
    Acent via Kelso ridge, and a leisurely slide down a north western gully, the only way to travel.
  • Log #8922 - by Doug Parr and Tim Parr on Dec 09, 1999
    We climbed Torreys by way of Grays Peak. It was a beautiful day, and all the people and dogs were happy.
  • Log #8923 - by Rob on Dec 01, 1999
    I climbed up to the top of Torries and skied the Dead Dog Colouir the day before the fourth of July. I used the standard route up to the col between Gray's and Torries to get to the top. Next time I...
  • Log #8924 - by Bill Ozanne on Aug 10, 1999
    Climbed the steep Dead Dog Couloir. It was scary and exposed but the sunrise over the plains was worth. If I did it again I would use ropes because a slip on the 50+ degree snow and ice would be bad
  • Log #8925 - by Howard Hill on July 26, 1999
    Summited solo via Northeast "Kelso" ridge. Pretty exciting climb - moreso than the long march up to the Gray's-Torrey's saddle which I used to come down.
  • Log #8926 - by Erik Swartz on July 17, 1999
    First climb of a fourteener, pretty crowded, but excellent early morning. Clouds got together around 12:30 (as usual), but nothing happened and the sun returned. Chose Gray Peak approach, cut over to...
  • Log #8927 - by Chris Francoeur on June 21, 1999
    Went the usual way - Grays first, then over to Torreys. No one on Torreys, though, and no one followed. Glissaded a long ways back down to Stevens Gulch.
  • Log #8928 - by Ken Whittenburg on June 07, 1999
    I climbed via the rarely traveled Chihuahua Gulch trailhead, and ascended the steep SW ridge. Not another person in site, until I made the summit and there was a couple of hikers who had just come...
  • Log #8929 - by Kirk Mallory on May 02, 1999
    My third fourteener, my second was Grays Peak which I summited just before Torreys. Endured a very scary thunderstorm on the descent. Summited Torreys a second time on October 24, 1998.