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This was my first 14er. I chose this for my birthday and did it 10/19/18. I did not complete it because I underestimated the snow and attempted it 24 hours after leaving an elevation of 10 feet above sea level. I made it to 13,523 in about 6 hours and back down in 3 hours. I had to turn around because I was going alone and I left a deadline with friends and needed to make it back before they sent a search party. I will do this again in June after acclimating for a few days.

I had 4wd so I got to drive to the trailhead at 5:30am. I met 3 young men walking up the road and gave them a ride and learned they had just flown in from Miami a few hours earlier. We all struck out at 6am but they turned back after realizing they were too tired and in no shape to hike. I learned it is really cold at 6am there, I still have fingertips that tingle.

I learned a lot and can't wait to do this again when I am a little more prepared. The mountains were beautiful covered in snow but man that snow sucked to walk in. I questioned myself all the way down then decided I was coming back to conquer the mountain as soon as I could.

One of the better beginner 14ers there are. Plan accordingly for the weather.

One of our favorite 14er hikes thus far and absolutely our favorite Peak link-up! A few key points:
1. Make sure you have All-Wheel drive. The road leading up to the trail head is extremely rocky and unsafe for non-sport vehicles.
2. The trail gets fairly gravely and sandy towards the top of both peaks - so you need hiking boots if you don't want to be sliding everywhere on the descent.
3. Weather rolls in very quickly on all 14er peaks - so start your hike EARLY (8am at the absolute latest) and pack layers/gear to prepare for all weather conditions - high winds, rain, hail and snow.

10/20/18 Amazing Hike!! Views are insaneeeeee. Make sure you have a 4x4 and not an all wheel drive...BIG DIFFERENCE... We had to pull a mini out of a ditch on the road up to the trail head. Because of that we decide to park at the base which will add an additional 6 miles round trip to your hike. So plan for hitting a half marathon along with your 14er if thats the case. Our total mileage ended up being 13.7 miles. Because of the additional mileage and the time spent pulling the mini out of the ditch we were only able to hit Grays. Also if you want a more enjoyable hike make sure you bring krampons and walking poles. Krampons at a minimum. It was ice and snow for the entire duration of the hike.

We hiked Grays on 20OCT2018. First off, if you plan on hiking this trail later October 1st, make sure you drive a 4WD capable vehicle to make it to the parking lot unless you want to add 5+ miles to your hike.
Plenty of snow along the trail. We hiked it without spikes or poles and that caught up to us on the way down. Other than the snow, which was the biggest issue, the hike was gorgeous! Met a couple of friendly folks throughout the trail. Even picked up three on the road up. My girlfriend was 5 months pregnant and we did our gender reveal at the top. Great time going up, miserable going down. Beautiful views!!!!

Amazing and breath taking view

Definitely a tough one with the snow! Make sure to have snow pants and waterproof boots through it. At some points you’ll be hiking through knee deep snow. The top is well worth it if you’re determined enough to get through!

This was a great hike! Didn’t make it to the peak for a couple of reasons. The main being there was way too much snow on the ground. My lifted Jeep made it up until we started sliding back on the ice. Also, we started at about 3pm, so obviously we were losing sunlight. It’s doable if you start early and wear snow boots. Hiking stalks would’ve been a plus as well.

Better than I thought. I went on a Monday so there were fewer ppl. I less than a day if you start around 6:30. You could drive to Quandary or something and get that one done too if you have a good pace. It is a rocky and the abandoned mines are pretty neat. Overall I enjoyed what it had to offer.

Truly an awesome experience. So glad to do it. And the dogs loved it too. Moderately full lot. Don’t go all the way to the top of the parking lot without high clearance. Keep an eye out for active mines on the road up and ruins of mines throughout the hike. Perfectly sunny day but it was entirely above 12,000 feet on the last day of September so I wore ski hat, ski mittens, ski pants and a fleece the whole way. Started up Democrat at 730a. Democrat is pretty steep. About 1 3/4 hours to that summit. Went back down to the saddle then up Cameron. It’s tough but not as tough as Democrat. Cameron has several false summits. Only about 900 vertical instead of 2,100-2,200. Another 1 1/4 for that leg. Cameron is a weird domed summit and then you feel like you’re taking a leisurely walk down to the Lincoln saddle. You don’t even feel like you’re descending but you do about 200 feet. Lincoln is by far the most interesting looking of the mountains and you can ram up the 250 feet or so on a very well worn trail in 20 minutes or so. Take the same trail down Lincoln and take an easy traverse around the side of Cameron to Bross. Another gentle trail brings you up Bross. We headed down the trail from Bross at noon (4 1/2 hours) and oh crap that’s when it gets hard. I forgot my poles at home and really regretted it. Don’t be that guy: bring your poles. I read other reviews on this site about the scree field going down Bross and thought people were exaggerating. They’re not. This was an hour and a half of making sure each step doesn’t send you sliding off the mountain. I loved it once I was done as that descent was one of the more challenging experiences of my life. But I could see where many people would only want to do Democrat and Cameron (once you go down Cameron to the Lincoln saddle, you either have to descend via Bross or summit Cameron again). A perfect day for me and the dog did fine, but this full loop is not for everyone.

Pretty easy hike for a 14er until you get to the saddle, then it gets a little technical. We went really slow with this one for a total of 10 hours. Started at 630 and was off the mountain still in plenty of time. If you get a nice weather day in the fall I would highly recommend, the Aspen trees were some of the most beautiful I've seen. Of the 12 14ers I have hiked, this was one is up there as far as a good hike and beautiful views. Enjoy!

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I like this trail so much that I hiked it twice in one week. The views are stunning. Shared the trail at 13,000 ft. with a mountain goat

Was really windy. Got to the trail at 5 and climbed bross route first. It was a bit of scree and loose rocks. We made it for sunrise. It's nice to have the wind shelters on top. We left and got destroyed by wind on our way to Lincoln. Wasn't to hard to grab the second one, we were done with that and then Cameron at 8 or so. then came down to the base of Democrat ate some, and were up to the top at 10. Down to the car at 11. So about 6 hours total. bring Lots of layers because of the wind, heat, cold. Amazing views, most of the work is at the beginning and end.

Great day for a hike! Started later than normal- around 8:30. Parked on the road about 1/4 mile out from TH. Took ~2:15 to summit grays, ~45 to get to Torrey’s, and ~2 to get down. 5.5hrs total with 15min breaks at each summit. My GPS watch was closer to 8.5miles total. Gusty winds at times but I was prepared with layers. Trail wasn’t too busy and lots of friendly hikers. Definitely recommend a car with good clearance to get to TH- AWD. People were offering rides to those who parked further down the road or bottom.

This was my first 14er (and 2nd) so I was a tad nervous about the weather and altitude (being from Chicago where a 10 ft hill is a mountain!) but they were great! The winds did not start until you hit the switchbacks on Gray (wide open) and then ALL the way up the ascent on Torreys (25+ MPH is what I would venture to guess where I almost lost my phone numerous times "documenting" the hike). I was able to make it through with shorts, t-shirt base layer and a flannel, although, I put gloves on 3/4 up Gray and a hat for all of Torreys.

As mentioned, starts out slow, little steep, but nothing compared to what comes as you come around and see the "ants" walking up and down the mountain. It is good to be able to see the trail in the mountain and the goal always being in site. Was not very scenic for flowers and wildlife, the Aspens are still golden, but the views are SPECTACULAR!!! Could not believe how clear it was and the 360 panorama view.

I hit the Trail Head about 645am and had to park on the street. By the time I arrived back, 1030am, it was full with another 30-40+ cars! It took me under 4 hours to solo summit both but I may say that I was going at a brisk pace (did not feel that way) and I still took about 10 breaks for food, water and, of course, PHOTOS.

Beautiful trail with scenic views the entire way up and the entire way down. We started at 730 and ended around 330 for both 14ers (including many breaks). The first portion of the hike is a slight inclined walk through the valley where you can see chipmunks, bunnies, and marmot. Then you reach a more rocky area where the incline increases through many rounds of switch backs up to Gray’s peak. To get to Torrey’s, you walk down the back side of Gray’s for maybe 30 minutes before hitting a relatively straight, rocky incline to Torrey’s peak. This section of the hike is definitely the most difficult, but you can clearly see the end goal making it a great challenge with a rewarding ending. At the top of Torrey’s you can see 4 ski resorts, Pike’s Peak, Mt. Evans, and Mt. Bierstadt. Truly a great weekend hike that is 100% worth doing. Worst comes to worst, you do Gray’s and call it a day! Remember to bring plenty of water, food, and also something to make a sign with (i.e. cardboard) to commemorate the feat. Happy hiking!

Great hike. Very doable. The wind felt stronger than the 20mp forecast and really cold. beautifl blue sky sunny day though. By the time we summitted Grays my fingers really hurt and wouldn't work despite wearing gloves the whole time and I couldn't stop shivering. We started to go toward Torreys as I really wanted to do both while I was there, but it was so miserable with the wind whipping so I'll have to go back do Torrey's another time. It was spectacular views and great people on the trail. Just the right amount of company. I also lost my down puffer. It was stuffed in my friends outer pocket. looks like a black pillow on the side of the trail. lmk if you come across it. Thanks!

Rocky covered with scree a d talus. Trailhead at about 12000, well above treeline. Easily accessible from hwy 285 just south of Fairplay north on County Road 18. Travel on this dirt road until a closed gate parking along the road in front of the gate where ever available. Parking is suitable for a weekend crowd. The dirt road is flanked by a healthy forest of limber and bristle cone pines. There is a short trail called Limber Pine Trail along the way that flanks a creek filled with willows. Great for possible moose sightings. The hike from the closed gate to the summit of Mt. Sherman is about 2.5 miles and about 2100 feet elevation gain. There is a very short area of exposure along the ridge near the top as well as strong winds.There are two false summits as well. Like any alpine peak, the view from the summit dismisses all experiences of wind rocks and fatigue. Great hike for a first 14er. It was considerably easier than most of the other alpine hikes I did this past summer. Sadly, I missed the wildflowers on this peak due to the lateness of the season.

Great trail for the fall! Hiked to both summits with 2 other 30-year old girl friends. We stopped for maybe a total of 1 1/2 hours to eat lunch, drink a beer, relax, and it took just under 8 including that. We live in the high Rockies, but the altitude way at the top still made it difficult to breathe. Towards the very top of each it's really steep but definitely doable.

All in all a great hike! We started at 5:45 am on a Friday and about 5 vehicles at the trailhead. It was a brisk 35 degrees at start and 20 mph winds around 12,000 ft and up to both summits . Around noon it warmed up just in time for our decent. The highs were in the low 50s but felt warmer. Took us about 8 hours to complete both Grays and Torreys. My friend and I are in our 50’s but both in decent physical shape and we conditioned ourselves for about a month with several high altitude hikes before we tackled this one! This hike was difficult breathing once we got up to 13,000 ft and I did have slight altitude sickness. My recommendation would be to replenish fluids with plenty electrolytes and make sure your munching something throughout even if your body doesn’t feel the urge. We met up with mostly young hikers (20,s and 30’s). Thought the trail would never end coming down . Recommend using poles as some of the mountain had steps as high or higher than my knee height (I’m 5’4”) All in all an awesome day!

Roommate and I completed the trail in ~4.5 hrs, which we feel pretty good about considering how out of shape we are. No snow yet, but a lot of the trail is loose gravel/scree, and by the end I was wishing for my knee brace. It was extremely windy up on the ridge but calm at the summit. My little '07 Honda Fit made it all the way up to the trail head just fine -- can't say I'd recommend it, but if your only option is a low-clearance vehicle, it's doable.

I read the reviews mentioning needing an AWD or 4WD vehicle to get to the trailhead, while I saw some sedans up there, I wouldn't recommend it. We camped the night before (because we read about the parking situation) and started at 4:30am. Summited Grays around 7 and Torreys around 8. Made it back to the tent by 10am. Easy hike, beautiful views. Definitely recommend!

Beautiful views, great for hiking in off-season (late fall/winter). Not anything gnarly like other 14ers, but it’s a great first one.

Great hike. Very fun and beatiful for my first 14er!

It's a pretty tough trail and if you are from the plains or lower evaluations, it will definitely test you. I am a big dude, no doubt, but it wasn't my fitness as much the amount of just scree and rock at points that made me want to turn back and once it goes up, it's just steep. We made it to Cameron before I tweaked my ankle and say it wasn't worth it hit Lincoln, which didn't make me happy, but safety before pride.

Road from Alma to the trailhead is alright, but the last mile or so is rough going if you don't drive dirt roads or have 4WD. I drove my Chevy Cruze as close as parking would allow.

Weather was awesome, I didn't even use my jacket. Wind pickup on the ridge, but it wasn't freezing, but we didn't hang out long.

Overall, it's completely doable, but as a fat guy who causally plays in the woods and canyons, I wouldn't exactly call it fun or easy. It was a change of pace, had good views, nice people, and got the heart going.

Absolutely perfect day for the hike. Hiked on 9/23 spots throughout the hike were pretty windy but once you get to the top extremely calm. Make sure you have some layers as the temperature changes throughout and something for your ears.
Views were spectacular!

Democrat, Cameron, and Lincoln are great, amazing views, but descending Bross is an absolute nightmare. Is there even a trail? Descending Bross is doable if you are comfortable with tons of loose rock and scree. If I had to do it again I'd skip Bross and descend the same way I came up, or do Bross first.

Prius made it to the upper parking lot with careful driving. Lot was full by about 630am. Hike was nice. Trail is well kept. Did both peaks, took about 7.5hrs with a doggo.

This trail is not for the faint hearted if you want to do all four in the same day. Not going to sugar coat it, for the average joe person, this trail blows. It earns its difficulty rating. It’s really only a “good climb” if you’re the person who likes to brag about the number of 14’ers you climb.

I started around 6am and took Bross first. I AM SO GLAD I DID. It was by far the worst part of the hike and even in the dark I would rather climb that direction first. It’s a complete scramble and STEEP. There were several places where I was on my hands and knees. I can’t imagine trying to go down it after doing the other three summits.

If you plan on taking your dog I would HIGHLY recommend boots for their paws if they will tolerate it. There are no soft areas for them and it’s all jagged rock. This trail was pretty heavily traveled and skinny at many points so make sure your dog friend is friendly to both other dogs and people.

As far as getting to the trailhead, I was able to get my Ford Focus ST most of the way. I was about 100 yards from the main parking area due to the toughness of the road and they have huge bumps/ditches that low cars won’t get over unless you want to risk it. About 2 miles from the trail head the potholes get a little wild so you’ll have to go slow and work around them.

My pup and I bailed on mount Democrat due to her paws and still having to hike back to kite lake. It took us roughly 6 hours to summit Bross, Lincoln and Cameron and make it back to the parking area. Plan accordingly!

It’s VERY windy. And the summits are COLD. Take gloves.

Would I recommend this trail? Maybe. If I know you want to accumulate 14’ers. Will I go back and finish Democrat? Probably not. There’s not to look at besides a mass amount of loose rocks. Being that high is cool but there are WAY better hikes out there.

9/22 - Not a cloud in the sky, pretty windy but otherwise perfect conditions. Large, flat summit with amazing views! Easy for a 14er, just some pretty loose rock so be careful. The road to the trailhead can be a bit rough, but it’s far better than the Grays/Torrey’s Road. Would recommend highly as a first 14er or just a plain beautiful hike.

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