Photo by Lucas Rocksvold
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Denver|
Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.
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.
Thanks to Kirk Mallory for this description.