Torreys Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-17, By: samdonnellan
Info: Lucked out with great weather. Did the whole ridge and back down the standard route without putting on crampons or spikes, but lots of other groups had them on. Ice axes were relatively helpful. Definitely would have been helpful in some spots. Road conditions were not great to the trail head, still a decent amount of cars in the parking lot. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-06, By: kalestew
Info: Little bit of snow holding on the north slope but you only really deal with it past 13,600'. Spikes helpful above that and on the first half of the descent, especially after dark. The rest is still nice and dry. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-25, By: Vacas Valley
Info: Completely dry, summer conditions on the ridge proper as well as to the left and the right. I talked to a guy yesterday who did it yesterday and he said there was quite a bit of lingering snow on the right side of the White tower. There was no evidence of that today. Beautiful bluebird day. Go get it while you can looks like there's a decent amount of snow for the high country this week. Traverse over to Grays and down standard route also 100% dry. Total hike time 4.5 hrs. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-25, By: JonHandshake
Info: Arrived at the upper lot at 5:15. Half full. Started hiking at 5:30. Reached the summit by 10:15. Back at the car by 1pm. 7.5 hours total (5 hours moving time, 2.5 hours stopped time). Approach to the ridge line is dry. Still summer conditions. The ridge is dry until about 13,500', at which point there is a light dusting of snow until the summit - just enough to make you question your footing. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-22, By: cschne13
Info: Still dry, only a few flurries left from the recent snow. 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2021-09-14, By: Mitsugi
Info: 100% Dry. Summer conditions. To be honest, I don't see how this is classified as a Class 2. It my opinion, it isn't. It is class 1. It is a trail, and a very defined trail 100% of the hike and is a much easier hike than something like Mt Elbert which is longer and more aggressive in my opinion. Enjoy it. It's a nice, easy day hike. There was no smoke, no animals really either. Pretty neat look at the knife edge on Kelso from the top if you just go walk down the backside a bit from the summit. 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2021-08-31, By: chassis
Info: Perfect conditions. Clear sky, mid-upper 50s temperature at the summit. No snow, no wind. Smoke from California wildfires very evident. Good group of people up there today, had some nice chats. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-30, By: awatch26
Info: 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. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-22, By: Hooray187
Info: Summer conditions on Kelso Ridge still. No snow to speak of. 
Route: Via Grays Peak South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-14, By: madmattd
Info: See Grays Peak entry for details on the way to Grays Peak. A trail crew was building impressive rock walls just below the summit of Grays Peak today on the connector trail to Torreys Peak. Nothing else of note on the connector route. Having to do the out-and-back from Grays was tedious but not overly difficult. I was pleasantly surprised that while certainly busy, the peaks/trail between Grays/Torreys were not a complete zoo. From nearby Edwards I saw over 300 people just near the Grays Peak summit on a similar Saturday last summer, I'm not sure there were that many on the 2 14ers here in total today. Might be a result of the parking changes in Stevens Gulch? Views were pretty clear today, smoke was largely cleared out (especially compared to recently) and I could just make out Massive and Mount of the Holy Cross from the summits. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-04, By: -wren-
Info: All the verglass is gone, route in summer condition. As for the standard route, the snow crossing is still there and will be for a while. I want to take it as an opportunity to remind people to take the comfort and experience level of others into account when posting condition updates for these more popular class 1 and 2 14ers. Almost everyone I passed on the snow crossing was very nervous, moving very slowly, or straight up scared shitless. If I had the experience of the average G&T hiker I would probably want micro spikes. Had a conversation with a guy about his frustration at people saying routes are good to go with no traction even though there's snow when for him it's not true (quandary, Evans and Spaulding from S.L. Beginners look at these condition updates as well. 
Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2021-07-05, By: ryleysevier
Info: There's one remaining section of snowpack if you are returning to the trail split form Torreys or going to Torreys first. Some spikes make easy work of it or some sticks. Otherwise the entire trail is dry and beautiful. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-01, By: dflagg21
Info: Great conditions despite some AM rain. Some wet rock and a bit of snow higher up but nothing that can't be avoided. Watch out for loose rock. Main trail was pretty busy but didn't see anyone else on the ridge. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-25, By: cgarrettc
Info: Kelso was pretty slick this morning. I think the rain storm in Summit County brought a little bit of snow and plenty of frost to the ridge last night. It was definitely doable without any problems, but the conditions were not 100%... Quite gnarly. It was my first Class 3 so take it with a grain of salt. No need for spikes or any special gear at the moment but be prepared to slip a bit and have cold hands from holding onto icy, frosty rocks. Probably 90-95% dry compared to the last report. Shouldn't take long to dry out, happy climbing! 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-22, By: Gandalf69
Info: The ridge is 99.9 percent dry. One tiny snowfield after the mini knife edge. Th lot full at 530. Not crowded though. 
Route: Emperor Couloir
Posted On: 2021-06-16, By: SnowAlien
Info: Probably on the last legs, but we managed 2,500 ft continuous ski descent with ~100 ft downclimb off the summit. Central branch didn't look continuous, but the skiers left entrance was still in. The narrowest part was in the middle with the water running under the snow. There are "no parking" signs at Grizzly gulch turnoff. Heard rockfall in Dead Dog around 8 am. Standard hiking route is in great shape, with just a bit of lingering snow at the G&T saddle 
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Route: NW Face/Tuning Fork
Posted On: 2021-06-13, By: Wallowa
Info: Skied the lookers left fork of tuning fork. Coverage is light and the top has some chocolate chips. Topped out at ~830 and descended 845-9AM. The top 80% was very firm despite the warm temps. Only the bottom 20% was sweet corn. 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-13, By: nathanmnelson
Info: Agree w some of the previous posters. I think this one is a bit of a hype monster. Majority of the ridge is class two, with few (in my opinion) light class 3 spots w good exposure. Yes, if you're used to sticking to a trail on your hikes this may be a bit intimidating for you. Navigation is straightforward and though there is lots of talus/scree the hand holds on the light climbing sections are solid. I used spikes for the final few hundred feet but the guy ahead of me did it without. Have fun! 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-11, By: dssmith15
Info: Started at 4am and finished at 9:45am. Ascended Kelso and descended standard route. Did not do Grays. Approach was nice. There were a couple of small patches of snow but it was mostly supportive with an occasional posthole. Ridge: BEAUTIFUL day on the ridge. Conditions are great up there. Pretty dry except for the area near 14,000 where you make your way up near smooth rock (photo 23). That turned out to be a bit sketch as the snow didn't seem like a great idea to climb on. We hugged the rock as seen in the picture posted. Our buddy climbed the spine of it and felt okay. Besides that, all the class 3 walls/moves were great and dry. We did put on spikes for the summit push after the mini knife edge as there is still a large snowfield. Descent: saw a few people skiing Grays and a couple skiing dead dog. We traversed across the saddle between grays and torreys rather than find our way around to the trail. Snow was soft but no post-holing and we did not feel the need to spike up. We do have ice axes though so we felt that was enough support. Overall incredible day. Kelso is a blast! 
Route: Kelso Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-09, By: davisruhl
Info: Patches of snow here and there, route finding was simple although the pictured route definitely has at least one section where we opted for a far easier route. Hiking just before the knifes edge was through snow, with the entire left side of the ridge covered. Knifes edge did not live up to its name with the snow pack. Final sprint to the summit is steep hardpack snow. 
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