Grays and Torreys
Submitted By: Jozey on October 11, 2010
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The east face of Russell is technical and can be tight depending upon snow conditions. It is east facing, which means it gets sun early, and it also involves much steeper lines. The longest descents are from the peak, but they are very committing. Once you are up there, there is no backing out and escape routes are hard to come by should something slide.[more]
Grays and Torreys peaks are two of the more popular hiking destinations in the summer for people trying to tick off their first “fourteener”. However, during the winter months this area offers some of the steepest and most sustained descents in the Front Range and along the I-70 corridor. Grays and Torrey’s peaks are both fourteeners and Grays is the highest peak along the continental divide within the US. Kelso Mountain joins Torreys on it’s northeast flank and also offers a great spring descent on it’s north face.
How to Get There
Take the 221 Exit (Bakerville) off I-70. Turn left at E Bakerville Rd/Co Rd 321/Stevens Gulch Rd. Continue to follow Co Rd 321/Stevens Gulch Rd and trailhead for Grays and Torrey's is at the end of the road with plenty of parking and restrooms.