Grays Peak Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day. This is a spectacular hike and has plenty of wonderful views along the trail! I brought my best friend (dog) and a girlfriend with to enjoy this fine birthday of mine. It turned out to be an amazing day and hike! My dog didn't have any problems with the hike or the elevation, although he is in phenomenal shape.
Went on 10-23-16. 27 lb pack on my back. Late season hike. It was cold, very windy and lots of icy packed snow at and above 13,000ft. Very slippery! Micro spikes for boots are a must this time of year! Do not go without them. Slopes are steep and hard packed with snow. You will slip and fall. Safety and common sense are priority on an Autumn Climb. The road to the trailhead parking lot is about 3 miles directly off of I-70. A 4x4 high clearance vehicle is required. A small car will not make it. Road is very rocky, rough, steep, with lots of very large washout pot holes. The climb it's self was about 4 miles one way from the parking lot to Grays Summit only. This is a Colorado 14'er. Don't be fooled by the "Easy" label on this hike, there is no such thing as an easy 14'er. Compared to others it is easy because you can walk it, but it is a long and very steep walk. I will do this again in the summer. Hopefully complete both Grays and Torrey's in one day when conditions are better. Beautiful hike, go prepared. I also recommend trekking poles! They saved the day on the steep icy path! Great hike!
It snowed when I was there in July a couple of years ago, so didn't get to do the two-in-one of Gray's and Torrey's. Went later on Torrey's and had gorgeous weather and wildflowers everywhere!
Nice 14er. The last 1500 ft climb is steep, but doable with rests along the way. You can connect with Torreys Peak and do two 14ers in one day. The road from I-70 to the trail head is really rough; you don't need 4WD, but you do need clearance.
Married on top on 9/10/11!
My wife and I hiked our first 14er yesterday (Gray's). We believe this is a great first 14er to do as the trail is very easy to follow, especially when hiking with 250+ other people out on the trail. There are some steep sections that will likely make you take more frequent stops, especially if not use to the altitude.
A few notes:
1) Don't assume there are not more parking spots closer to the trailhead when you start to see cars parked on the side already. We learned the hard way (extra 4 miles round trip).
2) Conditions - There is hard snow pack above ~13,250ft. If you don't have traction, don't worry. It was doable. Plenty of rocks on the side to step onto if needed.
3) Weather - Was changing every 15 minutes yesterday from sleet to sunshine to rain. Be prepared with layers
4) Most importantly, enjoy it!
Could be considered "easy" because of terrain, but the altitude definitely makes it tough. Start early, before 7 am, and you should beat the thunderstorms. Be safe and take a partner!
Really good hike!
This was my second 14er and was not too bad. I work out regularly and hike a few times a month, so I've been preparing. I did this yesterday 8/28, the weather was not too bad about 50° while climbing and 30° on the summit. The last 1.5 miles to summit were snow-packed, I'd definitely recommend wearing yak-traks and having walking poles. It was too slick and steep to make our way to Torrey's. It's a nice hike with beautiful views all the way up, very open. We began at 6:30am and had finished by noon. I think the snow added another hour to our time. Also, true what the other reviewer said about 4WD to get to top parking area.
I know it says "easy" but it was the most physically demanding thing I've ever done. (My first 14-er). I moved to CO 7 weeks ago and still have some flat-lander in me. It took us 3.5 hrs up and the same back down. Was very snowy and slick. Yaktrax highly recommended. Beautiful at the top.
About a mile or less away from Grays Peak. We had to go back due to the amount of snow and force of wind.
Just summited both Grays and Torreys Peak yesterday. The trail is very easy to follow. I recommend summiting Grays first then going along the ridge or saddle to Torreys Peak. You need a higher clearance vehicle to get to the top parking spot. I was in a Subaru Forrester and we parked at a lot about a mile up the road and were able to make it just fine, but slow. This added more miles to our hike however. We started our hike from our parking spot at 8am, the trailhead by 8:45, and summited Grays by 11:10. Torreys by 12:00. We were back down to our car by 3:30. The weather was perfect!