Ascent of Grays Peak on 2014-09-07
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, September 7, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
| Elevation:||14270 ft / 4349 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAnother 3:30 am start to head out to the central Rockies. Planned on getting Grays and Torreys via the standard Grays Peak trail at the end of Stevens Gulch Road right off I-70. Got up the high-clearance road (people who take their cars up this are nuts - scraping plus the suspensions aren't designed to tolerate that much travel)., by 6:30 am and arrived at a nearly full parking lot. Started from the car and hit the creek before crossing the footbridge and recorded an elevation on ~11,300 on my GPS.
Fairly easy hike up with not too much traffic. We deviated from the standard East Face approach and ended up doing a fairly easy class 2- scramble up the northern ridge.
About 20 people on the summit with fantastic views of the Gore, tenmile, Keystone, Front Range. Could see all the way from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak and maybe even some of the Sawatch range.
Headed to Torreys Peak next....
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2970 ft / 905 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||560 ft / 170 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.3 mi / 6.8 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2-|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Animal/Pet|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||2970 ft / 905 m|
| Distance:||3.8 mi / 6 km|
| Route:||Grays Peak Trail/ North Ridge |
| Start Trailhead:||Grays Peak Trail Head 11300 ft / 3444 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 20 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||560 ft / 170 m|
| Distance:||0.5 mi / 0.8 km|
| Route:||North Ridge |
| End Trailhead:||Saddle to Torreys Peak 13710 ft / 4178 m|
| Time:||23 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Grays/Torreys (0 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3680 ft / 1121 m Total Trip Loss: 3677 ft / 1121 m
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