Grays Peak Trail

MODERATE 97 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3638 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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!

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Brutal 3 miles up to the top of Grays Peak in the snow. Definitely bring crampons or yaktraks. Everyone with snowshoes never used them. From I-70 you'll want to park with all of the cars at the bottom. Do not try to drive up in the snow. It isn't worth getting stuck as many people did! Have a great hike!

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7 months ago

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!

8 months ago

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8 months ago

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!

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8 months ago

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.

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Married on top on 9/10/11!

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9 months ago

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!