Grays Peak

This 3.3 mile hiking trail takes you from the trailhead to the summit of 14,278' Grays Peak. From the summit, a loop trail takes you north to the summit of 14,275' Torreys Peak, then back to the Grays Peak trail. The trail is entirely above timberline.

photo: Continental Divide Trail access sign and footbridge at Grays Peak Trailhead. Photo by Xnatedawgx, wiki commons.

Length: 3.30 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: 19 miles west of Idaho Springs, CO on I-70., in Arapaho National Forest 3 mi. S of I-70, near the end of Clear Creek County Rd. #321.
State(s): Colorado
Counties: Clear Creek
Longitude: -105.78475
Latitude: 39.661

Driving Directions

From Idaho Springs, CO, drive west on I-70 19 miles to the Bakerville exit. Drive south on Clear Creek County Road 321 (Stevens Gulch Road) approximately 3 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

Description

This trail is a 3.3-mile trail to the top of 14,278-foot Grays Peak, the highest point on the Continental Divide.

Grays Peak was first climbed in 1861 by botanist Charles Parry, who named it for a colleague, Asa Gray. At the same time, Parry climbed Torreys Peak to the north, naming it after another colleague, John Torrey.

The trail is maintained by the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, an organization devoted to the protection and preservation of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks.

The trail is extremely popular and sees heavy use during the summer months. A side trail takes the climber north to Torreys Peak, then loops back to rejoin the Grays Peak trail. The trailhead is just at timberline and the trail is above timberline for its entire length. Trail users are advised to begin hiking early and return before afternoon storms develop. Be prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen, adequate footware, and sufficient clothing to be prepared for sudden changes in weather.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Rock, Smooth
Secondary Surface: Rock, smooth

Average Grade: 20%
Maximum Grade: 30%
Elevation Low Point: 12,110
Elevation High Point: 14,278
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information contact:
Clear Creek Ranger District
101 Chicago Creek Rd
Idaho Springs , CO 80452
(303) 567-3000
dbreslin@fs.fed.us
http://www.fs.fed.us/arnf/ccrd

Trail Management:
Ralph Bradt
Recreation planner
US Forest Service, Clear Creek Ranger District
PO Box 3307
Idaho Springs , CO 80452
(303) 567-3017
rbradt@fs.fed.us

 

Photos

Grays Peak Trail almost from the top. Photo by Pimlico27/wiki.

Grays Peak Trail almost from the top. Photo by Pimlico27/wiki.

Grays Peak Trail viewed from high on Grays Peak. Photo by Xnatedawgx, wiki commons.

Grays Peak Trail viewed from high on Grays Peak. Photo by Xnatedawgx, wiki commons.

 

Rock cairn on Grays Peak Trail. Photo by Xnatedawgx, wiki commons.

Rock cairn on Grays Peak Trail. Photo by Xnatedawgx, wiki commons.

Information boards at Grays Peak Trailhead. Photo by Xnatedawgx, wiki commons.

Information boards at Grays Peak Trailhead. Photo by Xnatedawgx, wiki commons.

 

Continental Divide Trail access sign and footbridge at Grays Peak Trailhead. Photo by Xnatedawgx, wiki commons.

Continental Divide Trail access sign and footbridge at Grays Peak Trailhead. Photo by Xnatedawgx, wiki commons.

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