Torreys and Grays Peaks via Loveland Pass

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Arapaho National Forest

Torreys and Grays Peaks via Loveland Pass is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver Plume, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and backpacking.

Length10.6 miElevation gain6,279 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Also known as the "Loveland Double," this hike is an extremely strenuous hike recommended for the most experienced hikers. There are two 13ers you pass along the route, Cupid and Grizzly Peaks, twice (out and back). It can be hiked as a through hike if you park a second car at the Grays and Torrey's Peaks trail head North of the mountains. You are always above the treeline on this hike and are exposed on each tall peak. The "hairiest" part of the hike is along the ridge on the North side of Grizzly Peak. The conditions on the trail is rocky requiring scrambling in parts and loose scree adds to the difficulty on the hike up the south slope of Torrey's Peak.

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Elliott Sweazey
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Great views the entire hike. Spikes recommend in some places but you might be able to get away without them most of the time. WINDYYYY the whole way both up and back to the car so make sure you have ample layers and wind protection!

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Austin Hartman
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Brad Dubis
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Devin Cann
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Definitely was very hard but well worth it

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Alex Scifres
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one tough hike 10.6 miles with 4 Peaks, this will tire you the F out. very very windy through pretty much whole hike, cold too. Awesome views grizzly probably the most tiresome because you ascend both sides. I am happy to never do this hike again but you will feel great once accomplishing it. bring lots of water and food

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Brian Reischl
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And interesting and strenuous way to visit two 14ers while not seeing many people. The parking area is right off the road, which is great for people without offroad capability. The initial trail is quite easy to follow, and the turnoff for the trail to avoid the first 12er is marked with a very large cairn that's easy to find. Trails are relatively easy all the way to the top of Grizzly. Once there I made a sad route finding error (I blame the pre-dawn light and being an idiot) and dropped off the ridgeline. That's a huge mistake. Stay on the damn ridgeline all the way down Grizzly's east side, or you'll regret it. The initial climb up Torrey's there is not a well-defined trail, but one appears partway up the slope. You may notice an intimidating looking notch in the ridgeline above you, but pay it no mind, you won't even notice when you bypass it to the south. I would say none of the route exceeds Class 2+ (some might say 3-) with good routefinding. With crappy routefinding, you can get into Class 3.

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Zach Reed
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Hiked 4/6 Sunny, windy, high temp of 35 degrees. This hike would be a complete sufferfest under the best summer conditions, and we thought it would be fun to do in late winter. Sure, this route has minimal avalanche danger, but that's only because you're out on an exposed ridgeline the entire time getting blasted by the wind and avoiding massive cornices. The hardest part of the whole thing is descending and then asceding the side of Grizzly facing Torreys. At the top of Grizzly there's a very exposed ridge where you are straddling a steep rocky drop off and a huge snow cornice. Then the face of Grizzly is a big steep snowfield with some rocks. Descending this isn't horrible but climbing back up is tough and that's where crampons or snowshoes would be nice depending on conditions. Equipment: Microspikes at bare minimum, snowshoes could be useful for the hike up Grizzly, but crampons would probably be better. Time: 10.5 hours (and didn't make it to Grays due to fatigue and concerns about daylight). We originally estimated about 6-7 hours but it took 6 hours just to reach the summit of Torreys.

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Scott LaVoy
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Prepare for a long ass hike exposed to the elements since you are on the ridge the entire way. A little dangerous in the winter especially around Grizzly, but well worth it. The views are outstanding.

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Bao Lam
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Ben Mangelsdorf
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Alexander Pancoe
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Mike Scar
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