Grays Peak Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Clear Creek County, Colorado. It is within Arapaho National Forest. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 11,244 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,078 feet. The Grays Peak Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and an information map. The Eagles Nest Mine (elevation 12,654 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Grays Peak (elevation 14,268 feet).
Grays Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A great outing leads up to the twin summits of Grays and Torreys Peaks. This strenuous hike reaches the summit of Grays Peak in 4-plus miles, with 3,500 feet of elevation gain, and there is an option to climb Torreys Peak just to the west. Spectacular views, beautiful alpine peaks, and colorful summer wildflowers are what you can expect on this impressive alpine outing."
--Bob D Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
"Grays and Torreys Peaks are the two highest points on the Continental Divide. Torreys was named after John Torrey, an early nineteenth-century botanist who is best remembered for his work in classifying North American flora. Grays Peak was named in recognition of Asa Gray, also a well known botanist in the mid 1800s, whose research on variations in plant species provided important evidence in support of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The Grays Peak Trail has recently been designated as a National Recreational Trail, and it is one of the best maintained of any of the fourteener trails. The trail approaches the peak through a gorgeous glacial valley with Kelso Mountain (13,164 ft.) on one side and Mount Edwards (13,850 ft.) on the other. The valley ends at the foot of the Continental Divide below the saddle connecting Grays Peak with Torreys."
--David Day, Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"These two popular fourteeners are fun to bag, with easy access and an established trail. Trail: All the way."
--Dave Muller, Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
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