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Torrey's Peak

Colorado > Alpine Rock

Description

Torrey's Peak (14,267') is a fun mountain close to Denver with two classic alpine cruises and a couple of other ephemeral smears and drips on its east face. If you're fast and blessed with a job close to I-70, Kelso Ridge makes for a good before-work (or class) jaunt in the wee-hours.

Getting There

From Denver, drive up I-70 past Georgetown and Silverplume. 3-4 miles past Silverplume take the Bakerville exit, head left across the interstate and straight up the dirt road. Switchback and bounce your way up, bearing left at the fork toward "Gray's Peak" all the way to the Stevens Gulch trailhead. A high clearance vehicle is highly recommended.

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Gray's and Torrey's as seen from the summit of nearby Kelso Mountain.  May 2007
[Hide Photo] Gray's and Torrey's as seen from the summit of nearby Kelso Mountain. May 2007
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A few names to orient yourself.
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Knife Edge.
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Torrey's Peak.
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Unsafe things to do on top of mountains.... Pic by Michaela.
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Torrey's as seen from an unknown couloir on Kelso Mountain.
[Hide Photo] Torrey's as seen from an unknown couloir on Kelso Mountain.
Ben Williams and Anne Cassady on their way to the Dead Dog Couloir.
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[Hide Comment] Torrey's Peak - Dead Dog Couloir - 5.19

Started out on the trail head at 4:45 and reached the base of the climb before 6:00. Conditions were fantastic as the snow was crisp and consolidated. There were some patches where you broke through the top layers but those were few and far between. Very easy low-angled climb to the summit...took 2 hours.

If you climb this wear a helmet. I was the only climber on the route and rocks still came wizzing by. The rocks that do get knocked into the snow melt out in the morning and cut loose. A few came screaming past as I climbed.

  • NOTE * - I found a ski and a ski pole near the summit. If this belongs to you please call me. Scott - 303.469.6764
May 19, 2002
Brice W
Front Range, CO
[Hide Comment] I haven't been there recently, but there is a little info on Steve Hoffmeyer's website:fourteenerworld.com. Here is a post from the forum on his site:

From: LiorDate: 5/17/03Time: 8:27:27 PMRemote Name: 12.203.218.55

Comments: Me and Jim did this route today. Started from I-70 (the road is blocked about 1 mile from Bakerville) and headed up the trail. The snow condition was not amazing (until the couloir) so early start is definitely recommended (snowshoes are more than just recommendation). The snow condition at the couloir itself was pretty good - at some sections the snow was a bit too soft but in general the climb was safe and of course - beautiful and satisfying. May 23, 2003
[Hide Comment] The road up to Steven's Gulch is still covered in some snow in places. From the looks of it most vehicles have stopped short of the trail head. No beta to offer on Dead Dog.

Cristo Couloir is in good shape. A nice easy early season climb. Just as a point of reference, don't try to descend one of the many high angle couloirs on the south-west face...a 500 foot drop off near the bottom requires that you reclimb the mountain to descend a standard way. Enjoy! May 27, 2003
[Hide Comment] Hi all,

I'm looking at doing a March ascent of Grey's and Torrey's- what kind of conditions would I be looking at? What sort of gear? Crampons? It would be 4 guys, roped. 1 has an ax. Thanks! Jan 27, 2008
[Hide Comment] Great alpine adventure in full winter conditions. Feb 19, 2014