Trailhead: Stevens Gulch Trailhead
Activities: Hiking, Camping
Closest City / Town: Silver Plume, Colorado
- Get on I-70 and head towards the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel.
- From I-70, take the Bakersfield exit, and head to the south (please note that the winter TH begins at the exit parking lot).
- Head left at the only major fork in the road.
- The Stevens Gulch Trailhead is approximately 3 miles in from I-70.
Hiking Distance: 4.3 miles (one way). Note: the return trip is slightly shorter because you will have already reached both summits and will most likely want to take the trail that bypasses Grays Peak.
Description: Grays Peak and Torreys Peak are the perfect introductory fourteeners. They are non-technical (so long as there is no snow) and exciting to hike. And, the hike is relatively short (compared to some other fourteeners like Mount Massive and Blanca Peak). Still, be sure to bring proper provisions and a good jacket. Sometimes the wind feels like it is going to throw you from the peaks.
Snow usually clears from the peaks by the end of June. Note that we have also included the Grays bypass trail on the map (dashed red line on the topo map).
Worth Noting: Try to make the hike on a weekday. If you are a “weekend warrior,” then you are bound to run into hoards of people. You can find camping near the trailhead.
- Gerry Roach, Colorado’s Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs (recommended guide by The Colorado Hiker)
- Gerry Roach, Colorado’s Fourteeners: Companion Map Package (recommended guide by The Colorado Hiker)
- Walter R. Borneman & Lyndon J. Lampert, A Climbing Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners