Torreys Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2022-05-28, By: Emil128
Info: Could not have ridden these lines under better conditions. Snow was incredible. Couloir held nicely. Dropped in at 930 on dead dog and 1130 on NE face of Grays. Road to the trailhead is open! Snowshoes / ski / Splitboard highly reccommended. 95% of trail is snow. Photos included 
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Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2022-05-16, By: campion
Info: Road to TH clear until the last .2 miles. On the couloir by 6 am (I wouldn't start any later). Great snow conditions, no Avi danger and minimal winds on the summit. Enjoyed a 1000 ft. glissade down from the saddle, and post-holed only for the last portion. Get out there, it's amazing right now! 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-15, By: daway8
Info: Kelso Ridge is melting out really fast. Much of the route is already totally dry but some patches of snow left in shaded pockets, including a couple in the steep class 3 sections but there were good enough steps already kicked into the snow that it wasn't an issue. Much of the snow in the lower part could have probably been avoided with some slightly more difficult scrambling. Snow didn't really become continuous until all the way up at the mini Knife Edge which isn't even a knife edge at the moment. There's so much snow on either side that you can stroll right over it. Might not have even noticed it except for the white rock fin behind it. After that there were some steep snowfields to the summit. Probably wouldn't have been a bad idea to have put on some manner of traction at that point but I was too lazy and made it fine without. The snow was just barely soft enough at 11:30am for my boots to get some purchase. Noted several folks skiing down the right side (Emperor Couloir I believe) as well as ski tracks on the left (Dead Dog Couloir I believe). There were signs of some minor slides down closer to the bottom of Kelso Ridge. After going over to Grays I was able to do a 1,000+ ft glissade down into the bowl and was pleasantly surprised that the snow in the basin was firm enough to walk on with just boots at 1pm without sinking. Was not so fortunate down lower especially after following tracks that led off the main trail into the #$@&# willows! 
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-11, By: bsiegs
Info: Successful climb of Kelso Ridge today - great bluebird day. True mixed climbing on Kelso right now -- good amount of both snow and rock. Crampons and axe both helped a lot and are pretty necessary in my opinion. Photos of the ridge included. Post-holed essentially every step on the way back to the TH. Definitely some rough patches along the road, but was able to drive to within 0.2mi of the upper TH with 4wd. 
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Route: Dead Dog & Tuning Fork
Posted On: 2022-05-11, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: Dead dog is very in, so is Lost Rat for that matter. Lots of debri in DD making a less than ideal descent unless you are willing to gamble to let it warm up a lot. Tuning Fork is "in" but the east side is almost melted halfway down and the west side requires a few hundred foot downclimb. Dropped around 10:30AM and snow was not very enjoyable. Winds pushed me off the mountain - probably should have let it warm up, a lot more but knew that postholing on way out was going to be all time (it was). Snow was much better up top (2/3 inches of softer windblown snow on crust) but bottom never seemed to warm - icy/chunky and not very enjoyable. Such is spring. Traverse out to Grizzly Gulch Road is all time suffer fest. 
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Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2022-05-12, By: scott_s
Info: Climbed Dead Dog Couloir + Grays Peak Combo on 05/10. Approach: Left lower TH at 3am, easy going up to upper TH. From upper TH to ~12000' is very soft, not freezing completely overnight so some postholing even in the early am, not enough to motivate me to put on the snowshoes. On the descent around noon, snowshoes were necessary in my opinion, had some snowshoe postholing but it would be a nightmare without. Climb: Started up the base of the couloir around 6:30am, snow was in great condition, frozen and firm all the way up made for comfortable climbing. I wasn't sure how the direct sun on the couloir in the early morning and the recent warm temperatures would affect conditions but I definitely didn't need to be concerned, didn't notice any degradation in the snow as it warmed up. The traverse to Grays was mainly firm powder snow with some exposed rock. Definitely would need at least some form of traction to complete the standard routes. Descended straight down the face under the Grays-Torreys saddle. Didn't note any avalanche conditions at any point during the day. Overall great but tough day, saw 2 others on the trail all day. A little windy in spots but otherwise perfect weather. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-01, By: Christensenje
Info: Standard route up Torreys, Tuning Fork down (skiing). The road is drivable to Grizzly Gulch Pull off. Able to skin to the trailhead, with one dry patch. With four wheel drive, you can get within 0.1 miles, but there are stuck vehicles currently there, as well as some along the way to that point, so maybe stopping before that is best. Tuning Fork is a bit of a down climb down with snow on top of loose rock, but the gulch is very skiable. The exit at this point has continuous snow back to the cars. 
Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2022-05-01, By: MaxWalks
Info: Up Dead Dog, down Emperor. Fun, aesthetic linkup. Torreys E Face including Dead Dog hot and soft by 9:30am. Warm day, a harder freeze the night before may have helped this. Road was "skinnable" from about 300 yards above the Bakersville lot. I would say that driving the road is still on the sketchy side of things without a stout 4wd and chains, definitely impassable from about .2 miles from summer TH. There is a Toyota stuck horizontally across the road. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-22, By: Leos
Info: Went up Torreys and Grays from Loveland pass. Pretty good conditions overall, very manageable wind, with a mix of snow and bare spots throughout the trail. Needed spikes coming down Grizzly and near the top of Torreys and Grays. Incline to get to Grizzly is mostly snow free, same for Torreys. There was some minor post holing but didn't need snowshoes yet. As the description says it's a brutal hike, with constant up and down both ways, and always at high altitude. Definitely get an early start. 
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Route: Dead Dog Couloir
Posted On: 2022-04-21, By: Snow_Dog_frassati
Info: Skied Dead Dog Today - great conditions. 10:00 was the drop time and it was dead on but I wouldn't have gone any later given the heat. The top was soft wind deposited snow and the bottom was corn. It goes from the summit without crossing the east face but barely so take that into account. New snow will probably change some of this Also - the road barely goes all the way to the car, and I mean BARELY. Expect to walk on dry dirt for the first bit. 
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-12, By: rosey33
Info: Less than ideal conditions. High winds low temps. Packed snow to summer trailhead. Follow drainage to avoid kelso danger zone. Snowshoes needed there. Ditched them before the ridge. No traction needed. Ice ax was nice but not required. Packed snow to grays and patches of snow descending back to snowshoes. No signs of avalanche activity. Rated considerable 3 of 5 today 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-02, By: jdmorris
Info: Conditions are great for Torreys and Grays from Loveland Pass via Grizzly Peak. No traction devices or snowshoes were required although crampons or microspikes might be good for folks worried about the exposure on the East Ridge of Grizzly. The trail just below the summit of Grays was rock solid wind slab with a long runout but it was easy to climb to the ridgeline to avoid that section. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-08, By: the_hare
Info: Summited Grays & Torreys from Loveland pass. Wore spikes from car to car, no flotation needed. Ridge is windblown for the most part with loose snow filled into the summer trail. The rocky section just past Cupid has a nice bypass to the right on class 2+ rocks. Both the ascent and descent of Grizzly was one of the most difficult sections. It is a stiff elevation gain up to the summit and its NW ridge is coated in thick, loose snow. Couldn't get much traction with spikes so I had to climb over or step on rocks in the snowiest sections. The descending E ridge is very narrow—drop off to the left, steep continuous snow slope down off a cliff to the right. For one part the best way through is over a knife edge snow crest. I cut down to the saddle w Torreys when Grizzly's E slope leveled off some, the wind crust was not supportive here but I only punched through to my ankle for the most part. Tried climbing the snow gully up Torreys W slope but the snow was too loose and unsupportive to make it worth it. Went straight up the scree to the left of the gully without much issue. The rocks get a bit looser higher up. Up until I crested the false summit on the W ridge I hadn't felt the forecast NW 20mph wind at all. Up here, though, the winds seemed to be meeting each other from various places and created a ton of gusts and snow-devils. The Torreys-Grays saddle funneled the winds to create what felt like 50mph gusts. At least in winter you can see the wind before it hits you! Took the summer trail up to Grays which was filled with mostly hardpack snow. Did not resummit Torreys back and instead picked a line below the saddle that curved around to the false summit. I found the snow that looks like ripply, disturbed water to be the most hardpack, the flatter sections were a gamble for punching through. Glissaded almost all the way down the snow chute down Torreys W face. I curved around closer to the N edge of Grizzly's E face on the reascent to find more supportive snow. No issues from then on back to the car, mostly ran or skated/slid down the snow on the summer trail. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-31, By: JasonCrane
Info: Wind blasted & wobbly today on an unsuccessful, shortened morning attempt of Torreys from Loveland Pass. Made a decision to re-direct & just to summit Mt. Sniktau in extreme wind gusts that became sustained during mid-day. Windy conditions at Loveland Pass have cleared the ridge of much of the snow exposing the summer trail & leaving patchy areas are hard wind drifts. Cornices visible all along the east side ridges. Just wore micros & had to cover any exposed skin. Could not reconnoiter trail conditions on the other side of Cupid towards Grizzly Peak & unfortunately no data obtained from the Torreys/Grizzly saddle. Saw lenticular clouds all across the Front Range skies indicative of high winds. Left my anemometer in the car, but based on the angle of my lean into the winds, they could've easily been 60+ MPH. I looked like one of those Weather Channel meteorologists reporting on the Cat 5 from the Florida Panhandle. 
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-22, By: jryor121
Info: Pretty quiet day on the mountain. Started from the I-70 exit at 5:50. Made it to the upper TH at 6:57, and the shoulder of Kelso at 8:15. Didn't make it to the summit until 11:25. The snow was super fresh, and was breaking "trail" the entire way. The snow is super hit or miss. Some section are really good and are super navigable, then there's other sections that have a thin frozen crust layer hiding a terrible and large faceted snow layer. Please be weary of the type of snow you're climbing in. I broke off a slab of what I would assume was either a storm/wind slab given the size of it relative to the recent snow. From the summit I continued breaking trail the entire way back down the trial to where I split off for Kelso Ridge. Big thanks to the skiers that started before me for letting me snipe their skin tracks for a good 1.5 miles before it was my turn to break trail. A little more in depth description of the day: https://www.strava.com/activities/6565615454 
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-16, By: roevans88
Info: Parked at the Bakerville trailhead around 6:45, road was pretty packed down so flotation not necessary. Put on snowshoes at the summer trailhead and followed the creek up to Stevens gulch, snow was pretty solid so made for quick progress. Once on the ridge broke out the ice axe and crampons and was happy with my decision. finally made it to the summit around 2pm after a slog up some snow filled gullies. Was planning on traversing to Grays but was gassed and a warm dinner sounded more appealing, descended via the CDT and was back at the car around 5:30. 
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-12-21, By: Misi197
Info: Kelso Ridge conditions feel like early to mid-November. There are boot steps knocked in for the chutes and nice passage available for the Knife Edge. Lots of exposed dirt spots still remain. I wore spikes roundtrip and was glad to have them. Did not need crampons and was glad not to have taken them. Wind on the ridge was ok. Biggest guests were on the Grays and Torreys saddle. 
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-12-19, By: JtheChemE
Info: We were able to drive to the summer trailhead, as were several other trucks, 4Runners, and subarus. We didn't need or want flotation. Kelso Ridge was in fine early winter condition. Most of the group used traction, but I did not find it necessary. That said carrying axe and traction is a good idea for this route this time of year. These conditions should hold until the next major forecast snow late next week. The basin is the most dry I have ever seen it mid-December. Many Novembers there is far more snow. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2021-12-03, By: Misi197
Info: Standard route today. Spikes from the upper lot RT, with the exception of popping them off for the sun soaked trip up/down Torreys after Grays. Didn't see anyone all day after the split for Kelso. Empty summits and bluebird days for the win! 
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Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-23, By: Will_E
Info: Summitted Torreys and Grays today, started at I70, went up Kelso ridge, then across to Grays, down Grays standard. I didn't use any traction or flotation, the other 3 people I came across used micro spikes or Yaktrax. Snow was pretty minimal, Kelso wasn't much harder than in summer conditions. A few vehicles made it all the way to the TH, one had chains, one didn't. There's a really nasty ice patch in the first mile up the road. If you can get past that you'll make it all the way. 
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