You’ll often find Grays and Torreys peak considered some of the best CO 14ers for those just getting into the higher elevation peaks. In about 9 miles, hikers can summit two, stunningly beautiful peaks with unreal views of the surrounding Rockies.
Grays & Torreys Combined
Difficulty – Strenuous
Distance – 8.35 miles round trip (13.44 km)
Height – 14,270 feet (4,349.5 m)
Elevation gain – 3,600 feet (1,097.3 m)
Duration – 6 to 9 hours (book time)
Seasons – Year-round (caution and experience needed in winter – see below)
Trailhead Location – End of Stevens Gulch Road – 11,259 feet (directions below)
Need to Know Information
Road to trailhead: The road to the end of Stevens Gulch road is extremely rough. Highly recommended to have a high clearance 4wd vehicle. Below Stevens Gulch road is a parking lot, this will add 2.8 miles and around 1,000 feet of elevation to your hike each way if you start here.
Camping: There are some dispersed campsites located at the upper trailhead.
Cell Service: Once hikers start ascending out of Steven’s Gulch, cell service does return. Though, do not rely on this.
Hiking Just Grays Peak
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet
Elevation: 14,270 feet (4,349.5 m)
Hiking Just Torreys Peak
Distance: 7.5 miles (11.27 km)
Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet (914.4 m)
Elevation: 14,267 feet (4,346.6 m)
Grays Peak Trail
Grays Peak Trail begins at the parking lot at the end of Stevens Gulch Road. Hikers immediately cross Stevens Gulch Creek via a bridge, and begin to climb up Stevens Gulch towards Grays and Torreys Peak. About .8-1.7 miles into hike, this trail is gradual, making it on the easier side, and a good place to move fast on the descent.
1.7 miles in, hikers will be at around 12,200 feet of elevation, where the trail begins to get much steeper.
2.8 miles in, hikers will reach the split between Grays Peak and Torreys Peak at 13,273 feet. Here hikers can choose which way to summit, though our opinion is that it is better to head towards Grays peak first. Please stay on trail, and avoid false paths or cut throughs. This trail has many switchbacks, but the loose rock off trail is best avoided.
3.7 miles in, hikers will reach Grays Peak (14,270). Continue beyond the summit rocks, and you will find a small trail sign that connects Grays and Torreys via the saddle. (saddle trail connector – details below)
4.1 miles in, hikers will reach the bottom of the saddle (13,757 feet) before starting to ascend back up to the summit of Torreys Peak.
4.4 miles in, hikers will hit the summit of Torreys Peak (14,267 feet). Retrace steps back towards the bottom of the saddle.
5.05 miles in, hikers will reach the saddle trail connector (details below) that will bring hikers back towards the split for Grays Peak and Torreys Peak.
5.55 miles in, hikers will reach the split, and continue downwards into Stevens Gulch.
8.35 miles in, hikers will be back at parking lot.
Saddle Trail Connector
The trail begins on the north end of the summit of Grays Peak. Hikers will find a small sign that isn’t visible until you stand just past the summit rocks. This trail contains a lot of loose rocks heading down, so be careful.
Saddle Trail Split
This trail connects hikers between the bottom of the saddle between both peaks, and the splitoff of where hikers choose to head up Grays, or up Torreys. Even in summer, there is small sections of snow to cross with a very steep slope. Be cautious on this section.
Kelso Ridge Trail – 6.75 miles round trip – Class 3 – 3,100 feet elevation gain.
This is not a common route for the average hiker. It takes a bit of scrambling, has a knifes edge section, and is only recommended for those with experience.
Hiking in Winter
This hike does have avalanche risk in winter and should be avoided during times where snow may be unstable. This is especially the case where the trail is close to Kelso Mountain (near the beginning), as this section is prone to avalanches that can reach the trail. It is recommended to take a more direct route through the gulch during times where snow may be unstable. Usually, Grays and Torreys will have trail conditions without much snow or ice until at least the third week in September.
Backcountry camping is allowed in this area. Read more about this here. There are a few dispersed campsites at the upper trailhead as well as a bathroom.
Directions & Parking
Winter months, many vehicles will not be able to reach the upper trailhead, adding 5.8 miles to the hike along Stevens Gulch Road. The road to the trailhead is a steep dirt road that is very rough. Caution is recommended for most vehicles.
Current Weather Conditions
Here is the next 4 day detailed forecast:
Snow showers and patchy blowing snow before 11pm, then a chance of snow between 11pm and midnight, then a chance of snow and patchy blowing snow between midnight and 2am, then blowing snow and snow likely. Mostly cloudy. Low around 1, with temperatures rising to around 3 overnight. Wind chill values as low as -19. West wind 18 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 48 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Blowing snow and snow likely. Cloudy. High near 4, with temperatures falling to around 0 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as -30. West northwest wind 30 to 39 mph, with gusts as high as 62 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Blowing snow and a chance of snow before 11pm, then snow and blowing snow. Cloudy. Low around 2, with temperatures rising to around 10 overnight. Wind chill values as low as -28. West wind 39 to 45 mph, with gusts as high as 74 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Snow and blowing snow. Cloudy, with a high near 13. Wind chill values as low as -22. West wind around 44 mph, with gusts as high as 74 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Snow and blowing snow before 11pm, then blowing snow and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. West wind 35 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 71 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
Areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow before 10am, then a chance of snow and patchy blowing snow between 10am and 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.
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