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Grays and Torreys PeaksCentral, AZ
Central, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
friendofThundergod
Hiking8.37 Miles 3,654 AEG
Hiking8.37 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   1.68 mph
3,654 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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This was the last stop on our little hiking and backpacking tour of Colorado. I normally would not go out of my way to do a 14er so close to Denver on a Saturday, but both peaks were listed as a couple of the more dog friendly 14ers in Colorado and it was slightly on the way towards Michigan, where the pups and I were driving to after.

Camping at a popular 14er trailhead within an hour of Denver ended up being about as nice as one would expect, loud, tons of people and no sleep, but I was still able to grab a couple hours of sleep before a 3:30 a.m. wake up. The early start enabled us to be on the summit of Grays before 6:30 a.m. The trail up to Grays is a good trail and as advertised is a pretty moderate trail for a 14er with a manageable grade. There were only a couple of people on th summit when we got there. We took turns taking each other’s pics and then headed down after only a couple of minutes because it was so cold and windy. From Grays we made the quick drop to the saddle and then headed up to Torreys. The views from Torreys were a little nicer, but again our stay was short, as it was very windy and cold. From the summit, it was a quick hike back with the only thing slowing us being the boards of people and I do mean hoards. Every squaare inch of parking was taken near the trailhead and cars were parked on the side of the road for another 1.5 miles down the road. Start early to beat the crowds and storms.

My 11th and 12th fourteeners.

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