Peak:  Torreys Peak (14er)
 Route:  West Ridge
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  awatch26
 Date of Info:  08/29/2021
 Date Posted:  08/30/2021

The West Ridge is a great alternative to the standard route for folks looking for a greater challenge and less crowds. Roughly 3/4 up the first peak (Point 12,915) there is a cut off to bypass the summit and head towards Cupid. Take this! The climb from the parking lot to Grizzly Peak is pretty quick and the real climb really doesn't begin until the descent from Grizzly. Follow the ridge line to stay on solid rock. There is moderate exposure along this route, but it is a far better alternative than attempting to navigate the scree field on the face. The climb up Torrey's is steep and poles will make your life substantially easier going up and back down. We had great weather on 8/29, but as others noted, this is not a route you want to be on if thunderstorms roll in or with high winds. The entire route is above tree line and there is no viable escape from the ridge if the weather turns. Total trip time was 6 hours hiking relatively quickly.

Comments or Questions
08/30/2021 14:47
Loved this as a winter route.

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