After hitting Santa Fe we headed up the Peru Creek Road for a little recon of road conditions and where exactly the closure was. After that I headed to Boulder and we moved a load to the new house in Edgewater. We woke up in the flatlands and headed up the hill for some action on Grays. We got almost all the way to the closure gate. I have some issues with my truck right now and need to repair the CV joints so my 4 wheel drive will work. Even without it we made it really far back there on Peru Creek Road.
We geared up and headed up the road past the closure. We made great time to the lake below the Horseshoe Bowl and switched to ski boots. We booted up the face and headed for the summit against high winds. When we got there it became clear that the summit ski was in. We scarfed down a sandwich and switched to ski gear. I dropped in from the summit cairn and headed to the line. The snow was superb. Allison followed and ripped sweet turns into the bowl. The snow got a little soft lower down the bowl but we weren’t punching thru. At the lake we enjoyed looking back at our signatures.
This is a great way to do Grays, one of the busier 14ers. Except for on the summit we only saw on other person on the South Ridge as we dropped in for our ski. We did see people on Peru Creek Road but for a Saturday you can’t complain about that. Really surprising that so few people enjoy this route.
Enjoy the pics