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Grays and Torreys Peak Summit Attempt - Beginner 14ers

Wed, 2023-08-23
Isabelle Riddle
Are dogs allowed?: 

This trip is perfect for someone new to climbing 14ers!

Grays and Torreys Peaks

near Georgetown, CO - 1 hr drive west of Denver; 5-6 hr drive north of Los Alamos 

Summit Elevation: Grays 14,270’ / Torreys 14,267’

Starting Elevation: 11,280’

Elevation Gain: 3,550’

Class: 1-2

Distance: 8 miles round-trip

Hikers often climb the two together, courtesy of the wide saddle that joins the peaks. From the common saddle, each peak is a 30-40 minute walk up, so bagging two 14ers in a day is extremely doable. The hike starts in the old mining basin of Stevens Gulch and ruins can be seen from the trail. As the trail ascends, it gracefully emerges from treeline at the foot of the behemoth mountains. Switchbacks lead hikers first to Grays Peak, where the option to traverse to Torreys is irresistible for most.

The drive up is a bumpy, rutted dirt road that is better-suited for SUVs than cars, though you’ll likely see passenger sedans at the trailhead. 

Meeting at the trailhead at 5:45am, depart at 6am sharp!

Contact Isabelle (text or email) if you'd like to join or have other questions.

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