Torreys Peak

Bakerville, Colorado

Torreys Peak

Torreys Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Dead Dog Couloir (see the “Torreys and Grays Peaks” climb) is by far the most popular ski route on Torreys Peak. The north side of Torreys, however, is an underrated diamond in the rough, despite being tougher to get to from a physical and logistical standpoint. There are three primary snow routes dropping off the north aspects of Torreys.

From east to west they are Eroica, the Emperor, and the Tuning Fork. Of these three, the Emperor is the most aesthetic and direct route rising from Grizzly Gulch to the summit. When driving along I-70, be sure to look to the southwest immediately after passing the Bakerville exit sign and you will have an unobstructed view of the Emperor."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Climbing and Skiing Colorado's Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Ben Conners and Brian Miller
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"Torreys Peak is home to a number of different snow routes during the spring season, ranging from moderate to difficult faces and couloirs that run as far as 3,000 vertical feet from its summit. During the summer months Stevens Gulch may see hundreds of visitors on a busy weekend, and while the spring months may keep the crowds at bay, it’s still a very popular area for mountaineers from all walks of life. With that being said, if you are looking for “bang for your buck” quality and quantity, Torreys Peak is a great option for skiing, especially for Front Rangers from Denver and Summit County. There are at least four long, aesthetic couloirs that drop off of Torreys’s pyramidal summit. The South Paw Couloir drops from Torreys’s summit ridge just south of the summit down the broad east face." Read more
Climbing and Skiing Colorado's Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Ben Conners and Brian Miller
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"This is the third line on Torreys Peak we’ve chosen to include in this book, so by now you should be well aware of this mountain’s skiing potential. During low snow years an East Face Direct start is sometimes required to ski the Dead Dog Couloir from the true summit of Torreys (see route 2, “Torreys and Grays Peaks” for a description of the Dead Dog route). If anyone has ever skied off Torreys’s summit down the East Face Direct entrance and then cut into Dead Dog, and after doing so wondered why they left all that steep, untouched snow out on the face for a tracked-out, runneled couloir, their confusion is legitimate! The east face of Torreys is intimidating when viewed from below and above, as there are obvious large cliff bands cutting across the face in many different places." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,947 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round. Best late April through early July.
10,320 feet
Trailhead Elevation
14,267 feet
Top Elevation
Trails Illustrated #104: Idaho Springs/Loveland Pass; USGS: Grays Peak.
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Dec 2018