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Hopefully some of it will melt in the coming days since there’s no precipitation forecasted! We were very exhausted though. 1.7 miles in, hikers will be at around 12,200 feet of elevation, where the trail begins to get much steeper. The road getting up was a little shaky in a couple spots but my Toyota sienna had no problem getting through￼￼￼. Descend the North Ridge of Grays toward Torreys Peak. Though it can be climbed as either Grays or Torreys as the first peak climbed, most hikers seem to climb Grays first. The first switchback is .50 miles from the Torreys Peak Trail Junction. To only climb Torreys or to climb Torreys first, turn right and begin the traverse. There was no snow covering the trail on Oct. 10th and smoke was a non issue. High near 38, with temperatures falling to around 32 in the afternoon. Two of the most classic fourteeners in Colorado, Grays and Torrey’s Peak give you the best experience of mountain climbing. When hiking both peaks in one day, most travel in a clockwise direction, hiking up Grays first. Doable in only hiking boots. We only planned to do Gray’s, good Trail, just make sure to hang a left at the Y to go to Grays and not Torrey’s, got to the top of Gray’s (which was very windy and cold), and Torrey’s peak was just right there so we went down side of Gray’s and up Torrey’s. I see why a lot of people enjoy making this their first and second 14ers. The trail will continue to the west of the ridge until reaching the upper slopes. 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. Grays and Torreys Peaks are two 14'ers that can be easily climbed in one day. Grays summit in the snowy early summer of 2009. Range: Front Range, Colorado, Arapaho National Forest, Grays & Torreys (trailhead) Latitude: 39.66081, Longitude: -105.78397, Elevation: 11,270 feet. The drive to the trailhead wasn't any better or worse than most 14er approaches. 4.4 miles in, hikers will hit the summit of Torreys Peak (14,267 feet). West wind 28 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 51 mph. Started at 7am, took about 6hrs total travel time for both. In .95 miles from the Kelso Junction, the trail reaches another junction. We climbed Grays and Torreys by the standard routes in 2007 and 2009. First of all, the dirt road going to the upper parking lot was pretty rough, and even though it can be done, I would not recommend trying it with anything lower than a crossover SUV (even though the mountain goat I passed seemed to have no problem). At 13,840 feet the trail switchbacks. The Adventure Guide to Grays and Torreys Peaks include a trail description of the Grays Peak Trail, The Grays Peak North Slope route, and Torreys Peak South Slope route, photographs of the trails and routes, comments from our hikes, mileage data, the Grays Peak - Torreys Peak topo map, and GPS tracklogs. Peaked Grays and Torreys on Saturday. Summer conditions without the crowd. Ultimately though, I made the decision to turn around at the mile mark because I was postholing in 2 foot snow drifts. A total distance of 8.30 miles and a good outing! The total mileage to Torreys (over Grays summit) is 4.60 miles. You’ll hit the sign for either grays or torreys.