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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.
Counties: Clear Creek
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.
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 footwear, and sufficient clothing to be prepared for sudden changes in weather.
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
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: USFS Trail Details
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.
US Forest Service, Clear Creek Ranger District
PO Box 3307
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
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