Grays Peak Trail

Arapaho National Forest, Colorado

Distance3.6mi
Elevation Gain3,078ft
Trailhead Elevation11,244ft
Top14,267ft
Elevation Min/Max11242/14267ft
Elevation Start/End11244/11244ft

Grays Peak Trail

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). This trail connects with the following: Torreys Peak Trail, Kelso Ridge and Stevens Gulch Road.

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."

"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."

"These two popular fourteeners are fun to bag, with easy access and an established trail. Trail: All the way."

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9/5/2009
Hiked counterclockwise. First mile and a half takes you to the highest elevation. Trail is easy to follow but pretty steep. After that point, there is a mile or so of beautiful views both north and south. The remaining distance is gentle sloping down. The Hunter creek crossing is a welcome respite. Took us 5 hours including lunch, but we're 62!
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9/5/2009
Hikes Grays and Torreys with a neighbor. We got to the parking lot at about 5:30 and it was already packed. We summited both and were back by about 11:30, when it started snowing. Good trip - scenery was good because of the large vistas, but the trail / hiking was a little boring other than a few pikas and marmots.
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6/16/2009
2 of the easiest 14ers, most cars can get up the road if you just go slow, but high clearance would be recommended.
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8/21/2008
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3/12/2007
A fantastic trail. As described by the guide, great views of Colorado Springs, Norad, and the Broadmoor. We hiked in mid-March, upper 60's, there was still snow on parts of the trail, but nothing that caused us to consider turning around. The hike provides the right balance of physical challenge and terrific views.
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Trail Information

Arapaho National Forest
Nearby City
Arapaho National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Mount Evans Wilderness Area, Arapaho National Forest
Local Contacts
Grays Peak (USGS)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018