Grays Peak Loop via Kelso Ridge
Kelso Ridge is considered a class 3 and it is recommended that you have proper safety gear. The rock all along this trail is chausie and footing can be difficult. Kelso Ridge does not have any cairns along the trail so taking your time and finding the trail will save you from being too exposed, it can be helpful to look for scoring/scratching on rocks from crampons to help find the route. It also includes crossing a knife edge, so if you have issues with heights sticking with the main trail is recommended.
The remainder of the route is well defined and marked, the biggest challenge is the crowds and loose rock. Remember it is exposed so weather can change quickly and the temperature and winds at the top call for layers.
This trail is insanely popular, if you are starting after 6:30 am anticipate lot of people and parking far from the trailhead. The trailhead has decent parking, but getting there is not easy, a 4wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance is needed. The road is fairly rough, but the main issue is one steep and very rutted out area. There is a lower parking lot with ample parking and people park on the road, but be aware to pull as far off the road as possible and not to block private drives.
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