Only an hour’s drive from Denver, the moderate 5-mile climb to Torreys and Grays Peak is littered with weekend warriors, families, and trail runners. Stevens Gulch, a lush, green meadow filled with Indian paintbrush, welcomes hikers during the first few miles.
Take the sandy Stevens Gulch Trail through the meadow and watch for mountain goats on the surrounding cliffs. The Continental Divide forms a huge wall to your left; Kelso Ridge to your right. After bearing left up the switchback-heavy Grays Peak Trail, be aware of talus beneath your feet. Trekking poles provide added balance.
Pass Dead Dog, a twisting, hook-like rock formation (800 feet below and half a mile away from Grays’ summit), and continue up the switchbacks until you reach 14,270-foot Grays Peak. Copper Mountain, Ruby Mountain, Peruvian Mine, and Argentine Pass are the most immediate feature to the west. Turn toward the north face of Grays and walk along the saddle's trail up the south face of 14,267-foot Torreys Peak. Savor views of the Front Range, then retrace your steps down Torreys. Turn left at the first trail junction and follow the spur trail back to Stevens Gulch Trail.
-Mapped by Stephanie Porter and Timm Paxson