10 Jul Grays and Torreys Peak 14’er Climb
On July 10th I tackled two 14’ers at the same time. Grays and Torreys peak can be easily picked out from the Frisco area where I was staying. From Frisco, look east toward Keystone and pick out a rounded peak on the right with a pointed peak just to the left.
It is a fairly easy hike down the saddle of Grays Peak and back up Torreys Peak as long as you have the energy and stamina to reach the top of Grays Peak.
Getting there is a little tricky. I took the 2nd exit past the Loveland exit after passing through the Eisenhower tunnel. Right off the exit is a paved parking lot with a very rough 3 mile road leading south toward the start of the trail. Mostly trucks and SUV’s tackle this road. The road starts off right from the paved lot with some scary ruts that may make many passenger car drivers decide not to take on this road right away. After that first bad spot the road gets a little better meaning you only have to bump over large rounded rocks poking out of the roadbed. With 1.4 miles to go you reach a sign that says Private Land. Just past that spot the road ascends and reaches very large ruts. This is where I backed up in the dark about 200 yard where I could turn around and find a parking spot. I walked and hitchhiked from that point. It turned out that the road got much better after that difficult spot with large ruts. I should have pushed on. I only saw one passenger car parked at the trailhead. There were about 30 trucks and better equipped vehicles parked at the trailhead parking lot.
Here are the photos.