Grays Peak (14,270 ft) and Torreys Peak (14,267 ft) are two fourteeners that are often climbed in the same outing by traversing their connecting ridgeline. From their summits, expansive views open up east towards the Front Range and west towards Summit County. An attempt of Grays and Torreys is an excellent way to immerse oneself in our mountainous terrain for a full-day of adventure!
Our 2 route options are both located on the South side and offer a less crowded experience to the popular Stevens Gulch Trailhead. Both options are based off of Peru Creek road near the towns of Keystone and Montezuma.
Option 1: Southwest Ridge
One of these routes approaches the peaks from the west side via Chihuahua/Ruby Gulch. This unique way to access the peaks incorporates more rock scrambling on a less established trail, with a stronger backcountry feel to the ascent. Longer and more physically and mentally intense than the standard trail, this route covers about 3,800 feet of elevation gain and loss over an 10.25-mile round trip.
Option 2: South Ridge
The next route begins a little ways further at to the end of Peru Creek road and near the base of Argentine Pass. A little less taxing than the SW Ridge this route to Grays will take you 7 miles and 3,250 feet round trip. This is another great route to get away from the crowds and experience hiking a 14er in solitude. It is not uncommon to see some great wildlife on both of these routes.
Double 14er Ascent:
Looking to get the best bang for your buck? Go for a double 14er summit and add Torrey’s Peak to the list! Torrey’s peak is accessed via an out and back on the connecting ridge from Grays. Adding on Torrey’s to your trip would give you an extra 1.5 miles and 1,000 feet of vertical.