Sunday, March 30, 2008

The view back down the valley from the summit of Grays Peak. The Grays Peak Trail is easily visible in the photo. The peak to the left of the valley is Kelso Mountain. Mount Edwards and McClellan Mountain are to the right side of the valley. Torreys Peak connects to Grays Peak via a wide saddle and is out of view to the extreme left. Part of Kelso ridge is also visible. Kelso ridge connects Torreys Peak to Kelso Mountain and is an alternate route up Torreys. Very fit hikers can summit Kelso, Torreys, Grays, and Edwards all in the same day.

3 Comments:

Anonymous david drake said...

Boy that's just gorgeous.

What kind of altitude are we talking her, from - say - where you were standing when you took the pic?

5:37 PM  
Blogger molson said...

The summit of Grays Peak where the photo was taken is 14,270 feet. The trailhead photo shown in the previous post is at 11,300 feet. Not too bad on the elevation gain as far as CO fourteeners go. This makes Torreys and Grays Peaks a great first fourteener experience. That and the close proximity to Denver makes TG a very popular hike. Do not expect to be alone on the summit on a nice weekend.

...and yes I do suffer from the effects of the high altitude. I had the worst headache when I made it back to the rental car at the trailhead. Surprisingly, a can of Coke purchased at a nearby convenience store fixed that. I guess a blast caffeine and sugar is just what the body needs after such a hike. I never forgot that and I try to keep a sugary caffeinated beverage in the car at the trailhead for the return from every thirteener or fourteener hike. Well that and plenty of vitamin I. Code name for Ibuprofen. The view from the fourteener summits is fantastic, but it has to be paid for in pain and sweat and yes sometimes blood. In my case, nothing more than the requisite scrapes and bruises so far knock on granite.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

that looks like a kind of mega version of the english peak district...

more volcanically scarred or whatever the geologicalness behind the landscape...

2:06 PM  

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