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Torrey's Peak

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Elevation: 14,267'
Location: 39.6428, -105.821 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: ClimbandMine on Jun 3, 2002
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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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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Torrey's Peak:
Dead Dog Couloir        Alpine, 1500'   
North Face Ski Descent   Mod. Snow R     Snow, Alpine, 3000'   
Kelso Ridge        Trad, Alpine, 2000'   
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Featured Route For Torrey's Peak
Kirk Miller starting the face in early August, 150' below Torreys summit. A short step, 40 degrees maybe, separates him from the wide open snow.  Then another choke, partly hidden, guards the junction with the left (west) fork and more steep turns. Like the North Pole at A-Basin for 2,000+ feet.  You can see where the snow just ends, with no safe run out of snow.  <br />

North Face Ski Descent Mod. Snow R  CO : Alpine Rock : Torrey's Peak
Torrey's "Big Ol' Strip of Snow" is visible from Interstate 70 at the Bakersville exit. The Tuning Fork is another name that gets used. About 1,000 meters of ski descent are possible. Hike or skin the road from the Grizzly Creek road up to the Grays Peak Trailhead. If there is enough snow, leave the trail at the footbridge and skin up the creek (see map photo). After getting back on the trail at the wilderness sign, it's best to take off the skis and hike the trail from here to the Grays...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Ben Williams and Anne Cassady on their way to the Dead Dog Couloir.
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Torrey's as seen from an unknown couloir on Kelso Mountain.
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By Anonymous Coward
May 19, 2002

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

By Brice W
May 23, 2003

I haven't been there recently, but there is a little info on Steve Hoffmeyer's website: www.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.

By Scott Kozub
May 27, 2003

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!

By B Wilking
Jan 27, 2008

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!

By tim naylor
Feb 19, 2014

Great alpine adventure in full winter conditions.