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Mt. Edwards - West Ridge

Difficulty:  Class 2 
Upper Elevation: 13,850 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 11,230 feet
Elevation Gain:2,940 feet
Round-trip Length: 7.0
Trailhead: Grays Peak
Author: torreysslide94
Route Added: 11/16/2010
Last Updated: 11/16/2010


Take I-70 to the Bakerville exit (#221). Leave the highway and drive south over to the dirt parking area near the start of Forest Road 189. This is the winter trailhead and, even if the upper road is open, low-clearance passenger cars should park here. Itís almost 3 miles to the summer trailhead. Reach a junction after one mile - stay straight and follow the sign for the Grays Peak trailhead. Continue another 2 miles to the trailhead at 11,280í. There are restrooms and a few dispersed camping spots near the parking area.


Len and I left Broomfield around 4am with a design on the West Ridge route on Mt. Edwards. Although it was dawning and brisk at the trailhead, the rising sun framed by a blue, cloudless sky let us know that it was going to be a spectacular day.