Grays and Torreys

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Grays and Torreys

Submitted By: Jozey on October 11, 2010

Administrator: Jozey

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Colorado » Front Range

The Bowl

Steep wide open bowl.  The bowl tops out in the 30 degrees so only ski this in times of pretty safe avalanche conditions.  If you go too far to the north there is a MONSTROUS cornice usually there so watch out for that.  You'll ski down to a bench which makes a great island of safety to watch your buddies from (pick your location wisely).  After that there are a few mellow tree shots that you can pick up further to the east that will add into the descent and take you right back to where the road first switchbacks.  Be careful though, even these tree chutes can have pretty high avy danger.

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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.

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