Torreys Peak Summit Markers to commemorate your hike!
Torreys Peak is a 14,275ft peak in Colorado. It ranks 11th among the 14ers of Colorado. . The first man to ascend Torreys Peak, botanist Charles C. Parry, named the peak for his botanist colleague John Torrey. Torrey actually did not see the peak until 1872, 11 years later. It is nearly always mentioned in conjunction with nearby Grays Peak and is often summited together. Torreys Peak is located along the Continental Divide, as well as the division between Clear Creek County and Summit County.
There are three main trails used to reach the summit. The first is actually a continuation of Grays Peak Trail to the summit of Grays Peak, which starts in Stevens Gulch.
A popular and challenging variation of this trail follows class-3 Kelso Ridge. This route splits from the Grays Peak trail 2 miles (3.2 km) from the trailhead, climbs to the 12,400-foot (3,800 m) saddle between Torreys and 13,164-foot (4,012 m) Kelso Mountain, then follows the rugged ridge about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the summit.
The third trail starts at Loveland Pass about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) to the northwest, breaks off and heads south. The steepest part of the trail actually begins right away with a half mile climb of 1,000 feet (300 m). The trail follows the Continental Divide gently taking the climber down into three saddles and up two more peaks, including Grizzly Peak (13,427 feet). The final saddle rests at approximately 12,600. From this saddle, it is a mile-long ascent of 1,800 feet (550 m) to the final summit.