Grays Peak

Elevation: 14,278’

It was my first 14er in Colorado (that’s the name lots of hikers and mountaineers use to refer to mountains that surpass the 14,000’ level.) The hike itself is about 6 miles round trip, and it was well worth it. I’d call it more of a strenuous walk uphill. Starting off, it’s not bad at all. You walk over a bridge that sits over a creek. And you walk through plants and a sort of meadow of colorful wildflowers. But as you progress on, there are parts that get a little steep. And with rocks and stones, there’s a lot of slipping and sliding. As we hiked closer to the summit, the clouds started to enshroud us. It was in the 40s and the rain started to fall. It was light rain, but it was a cold light rain. And that made things a bit more slippery. We stopped and took frequent breaks because this Georgia boy has to get acclimatized to the higher elevation and less oxygen. I drank plenty of water and tried to steady my breathing, and for the most part I was fine. Once we got to the top, the view was so worth it. It was gorgeous, and the clouds cleared away just in time! We thought about hiking to Torreys Peak, which is adjacent to Grays, but didn’t want to risk getting caught in a thunderstorm. Lightning is no joke when you have nowhere to run or hide.

It was a great experience, and I can finally say I hiked up a 14er! I would love to go back out to Colorado and try some more 14ers someday. 

Quick Fact: Grays Peak is the 9th highest in Colorado and 32nd highest in the country.