Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
3,622.00 ft (1,103.99 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
8.10 mi (13.04 km)
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Are you looking for a trail that offers great views of the surrounding area and a chace to hike with some mountain goats? Well Grays and Torreys peak is just the place, the eight mile hike is a very simple class one hike that is great for casual and experienced hikers. Before attempting the peak you need to make sure you are properly acclimated or this could result in altitude sickness, and that can be one of the worst headaches in the world. 

After turning off I-70 onto Stevens Gulch road you want to be sure that your car is either 4WD or a 2WD with good ground clearance. This road is very rough, ridiculed with potholes and washed out sections around every bend. If your car is unable to make it to the upper parking feel free to park at the lower portion, and begin your hike from the lower parking area. If you are stuck with this option be sure to start early, or bring your camping gear to enjoy a night on the mountains and camp near the trailhead to get an early start the next morning.

Once you are at the trailhead the hike is very straight forward if you stay on the standard route, for those who want a challenge there are various routes which make the hike a harder class 3 scramble. If you attempt these alternate routes be sure to bring protective equipment because a fall will most likely result in serious injury. While hiking there is a high chance that you will be accompanied by others animals like mountain goats or marmots. Please leave them be. Once you reach about 13,000 mountain goats should be climing up and down the mountain along side you in search of food for the summer. 

After about three miles on the trailhead you will arrive at a split that allows you to choose which peak you want to summit first, if you choose right then you will go to Torreys and left will take you to Grays. After ascending either peak take the route back down and begin your hike up to the other if you are still in for the bagging your second 14er. Once you have reached both amazing points be sure to take some pictures atop the 14ers, then begin your trip down. On the desent be sure to take your time and watch your step because the route is rather steep and you don't want to trip and fall. 

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Bureau of Land Management

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Beautiful panorama views.

Cons

Bugs can be abundant.

Trailhead Elevation

11,264.00 ft (3,433.27 m)

Highest point

14,263.00 ft (4,347.36 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Vault toilet
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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