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Grays and Torrey's Peak is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 3,556 ft Route type Out & Back

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A 4x4 vehicle is recommended with fair ground clearance to get through the rocks, dirt, and ice on the way to the trail head. The hike is spectacular. It is recommended that you bring warm weather clothes and trekking poles.

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Myndi Clements
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Hiking

Did this trail today (first 14er). We live in Iowa and have been wanting do a 14er for awhile. We had limited time so we ended up going from flatland to 14,000 feet in less than 24 hours. Altitude sickness was a big concern we had going into this with such limited time. We did a few things (stayed hydrated before and during hike, took ibuprofen several hours before the hike, did a 2 mile hike the day before, slept at the TH in our truck and took it slow) and things went really well for us. This may not be the case for everyone though so if you’re in a similar position make sure you know your limitations, listen to your body and be prepared not to summit. We left the TH at 5am, did both peaks and took quite a few breaks. Back to TH at 1pm. I would recommend taking gloves, stocking hat and trekking poles if you have them. Trail was definitely worth the effort. Gorgeous views the entire hike!

Heather Mitchell
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Did this hike yesterday ( Monday, July 13, 2020). We arrived around 5:45. Used the restrooms at the parking lot and in the ten minutes the lot was completely full. Beautiful hike! There’s still a little snow on the trail that heads down between both peaks but we were fine without poles, just take it slow.

Ethan Clark
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Hiking

Arrived at the trailhead at 5:45am. Parking lot was full, but dozens of cars were parked off the shoulder of the road leading in, so parking wasn't an issue. The drive in is not for the faint of heart, but I had the time of my life driving on it in my jeep patriot. Wearing gloves, a hat, and using poles will help tremendously. Don't be discouraged if you don't spot a mountain goat until you are on your way back down, they like to sleep in. Keep your eyes open and don't lose hope. The hike is a challenge, but very doable if you are in decent shape. The views kick hole!

Liliana Myers
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 13 2020
HikingRocky

Got to trailhead at 6:15 on Monday and got a spot but few were left. Saw mountain goats, marmots and picas while hiking. These peaks have some of the best 14er views I have seen. Beautiful wildflowers on the way up. Hard but super rewarding.

Mike Noble
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Hiking

This was a great hike! Beautiful wildflowers and vistas all the way. The views from the top are amazing. Trail is really well maintained and easy to follow. It is tough and steep as you’d expect for a 14er, but beautiful the whole way. I highly recommend doing both peaks if you have time. We went up the switchbacks to Grays first and it was a good choice. From there it was a direct route to Torrey’s. Spectacular 360 views from both. Well worth the hike. The road in is a rough, but passable with an SUV if you take your time. The parking lot filled up by 5:45 on Monday 7/13. However people are up early and down quickly so some places opened by 7:30 according to a couple of groups we met at the top.

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Ashley Bredehoeft
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 13 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky

Did these two on Saturday, it was so fun! The only issue was that I didn’t expect the number of people that were there. We arrived around 5:30 and expected the parking lot to be mostly full or full. It was full and we parked on the side of the road about a third of a mile down and there were already a ton of cars behind us. By the time we got down there were cars for miles down the road! Lots of people on the trail but awesome views. Saw a mountain goat with its baby!

Melissa Kastanek
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 13 2020
HikingRockyScramble

We didn’t think the road up was as bad as some reviews said this morning (7/12). Definitely bumpy and slow but not terrible. We got to the trailhead at 5:30 am and snagged one of the last available spots. When we left around 11 there were cars lined up for miles past the trailhead. Lots of people but everyone was friendly. Some water for the dogs down low. Mountain goats & beautiful views! Poles would have been helpful, especially on the decent

Brianne Steed
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Hiking

Got to base of road at 445 Saturday 7/12 and it was a zoo to even get to the trailhead. I’ve never seen so many people doing a 14er in my life! If a Tesla can make it up the road... your car can too! Road was super rough! Great easy to navigate trail.

Kelsey Prince
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HikingNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

Great trail. First 14er. It was very crowded. The lot was full at 5:30 am. 4WD and high clearance is a MUST. The road is rough and back to back cars all the way to the trailhead on the weekend (no turning around!). I recommend doing Grays first, then the saddle to Torreys. Grays is longer with several switchbacks. Torreys is a smaller distance but very steep. I used hiking poles almost the whole time, but many people were fine without.

Casey McPherson
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Steady incline for the first 1.5-2mi then gets progressively steeper. Highly recommend bringing poles for the descent. A 4WD drive is a MUST, very bumpy and should drive with caution (made it with a 2017 Hyundai Tuscan). Arrived to the trail head at 5am and the lot was full on the weekend. Would highly recommend this hike (only if you have a car suitable for roughy and bumpy terrain).

Deanne Modaff
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Hiking

Such beautiful wildflowers! Super nice change of pace to the other harder 14ers.

David Hamer
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Hiking

Great trail but super busy on the weekend. Arrived late and parked almost 2 miles from the trail head. Hitched a ride back to the car at the end!

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Connha Classon
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HikingRockyScramble

Got to the trailhead at 5:15 on 7/10 and lot was 75% full. Road was definitely rough but manageable in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Beautiful morning, clear sky, warm... saw marmots, pika, mountain goats and an abundance of wildflowers. Steep trails are definitely tricky, especially in areas with loose rock. Poles were beneficial on the way down. Sunrise and views were amazing.

Linda Burns
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Steven Workman
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HikingRockyScramble
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Casey Fulwiler
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jul 10 2020
HikingNo shadeRocky

Amazing! These were my first two 14ers and it was definitely a challenge. Lots of loose rock and I was glad I brought poles. The road to the trailhead is rough, but we made it up just fine in our 2005 Subaru Outback. Got to trailhead at 4:40 and there was still plenty of parking. We also saw a baby mountain goat!

Heather A.
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HikingNo shadeRockySnow

Hiked 7/10. The road to the trailhead is pretty rough and bumpy but we made it up fine in a Mazda CX-5 going slowly and picking lines carefully. Parking lots at the top were almost full at 5:00AM on Friday. Beautiful views but lots of big loose rocks and scree that made it tricky to descend at many points. This seemed harder than Bierstadt if you’re looking for an “easy” 14er. There is a small snowfield that was quite slippery but manageable if you go slow. Apple Watch recorded 10 miles following the trail map. Smaller dogs might have trouble on parts of this trail.

Tommy Pine
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jul 10 2020
HikingGreat!

Hiked on Friday July 10, just an awesome hike, one of my favorites that I've done in Colorado so far. Beautiful valley / meadow to start and then incredible views from the peaks. There are a few campsites in the trees surrounding the top parking area, I arrived Thursday night and camped (there were about 10 other groups there doing the same) and got an early start at 4:00 am. Turned out to be an awesome decision, enjoyed a beautiful sunrise and was the second one up on top of Gray's at 6. I then traversed over to Torrey's and had the peak all to myself for a while. Hiking back down from ~7:30-9am there was a pretty continuous stream of people on the way up. The parking area was of course full with cars parked about half a mile down the side of the dirt road when I got back down too, so it definitely paid off to get an early start!

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