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Grays and Torreys Peaks

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Torreys and Grays Peaks - Summit and Clear Creek Counties, Colorado

Photos by Cora and Paul Winters
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     This frosty winter scene, a view from Frisco, focuses in on two of Colorado's fourteeners, Gray's and Torrey's peaks. The mountaineering term, fourteener, simply refers to mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet in elevation. Colorado lists over 50 mountains exceeding 14,000 feet, with 30 of Colorado's 500 highest peaks rising in Summit County. With this large of collection of challenges, baggers set their sights on completing a climb to each one.
     For those ambitious mountaineers, the summits of Gray's and Torrey's fall in at #15 on the list of Classic Colorado Mountain Climbs. Grays and Torreys Peaks from Lake Dillion - Frisco, Colorado Marking the border between Clear Creek and Summit counties, these two mountain peaks also mark the high point on the Continental Divide. With easy access, these two Divide peaks may be reached in one day. Torrey's summit tops out at 14,267 feet in the rarified, Rocky Mountain air. Climbers take a trail that dips to 13,709 feet over the saddle between the peaks, making this a legitimate two peak climb. The three quarter mile trail leads to the second challenge, Gray's Peak at 14,270.
     A lively home base, many of Frisco's activities center on the great outdoors. Receiving an average of 300 inches of snow, this town turns its guests into skiers and snowboarders. Summertime brings out the mountain bikers, hikers and campers, all looking for a new adventure nearby this old mining town.

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