Ascent of Grays Peak on 2019-05-05

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds <4872> plus 11 others
Date:Sunday, May 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Grays Peak
    Elevation:7920 ft / 2414 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part of a multi day hiking with the HPS during the Spring Fling. Camped overnights at the Keller Ski Hut.

Day 2: Grays Peak; Craft Peak

Grays Peak: The meet time was later than desired (9am). The normal TH was closed due to bald eagle nesting. So took alternate which I liked better (distance and views). The alternate TH was just more than a mile up the service road at the closed gate for Butler LO. The group today was much smaller than Day 1 at 12. Started up the service road; there were lots of downed trees some across the road which will require significant effort to remove (we could walk under almost standing up). We then skirted the closure area via a trail. There was some winter flash flooding damage to the road. We then took the direct route up to intercept the main trail. This took some route finding and patience. Took a break once we reached the main trail. great views from this point. The main trail was in great shape most of the way. There was one small section in a meadow that had a couple downed trees and mud to get around. The trail winds around the peak as it reaches the summit. There were more downed trees to get around. Some boulders to easily scramble for the HP. Signed the register. Got a group photo. Then went to a lower viewpoint for some more great photos. We returned the same route. Had lunch back at the vehicles.

times include all breaks
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1073 ft / 326 m
    Extra Gain:143 ft / 43 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Service Road, XC, and main trail
    Trailhead:Service Road Gate  7133 ft / 2174 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 28 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2019 HPS Spring Fling

Complete Trip Sequence:
1White Mountain2019-05-04 a1246 ft / 380 m
2South Peak2019-05-04 b236 ft / 72 m
3Delamar Mountain2019-05-04 c713 ft / 217 m
4Little Bear Peak2019-05-04 d357 ft / 109 m
5Grays Peak2019-05-05 a1073 ft / 327 m
5Crafts Peak2019-05-05 b1654 ft / 504 m
Total Trip Gain: 5279 ft / 1609 m    Total Trip Loss: 5179 ft / 1578 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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