Grayson Ridge

about 4 years ago

Mt. Elbert is of course a must climb simply due to it's elevation. That said, it's not the most thrilling mountain in the range. The views on the backside are pretty incredible, as most other colorado ranges are visible. Bring bug spray. The mosquitos are really bad in the trees, especially in the Aspen elevations near the beaver ponds. Also, take a breather at a spot nicknamed "Marmot Kingdom". It's a rock outcropping to the south of the trail near 12,000. Hang out long enough and you'll see some curious and funny looking creatures. Finally, there's some great camping on the backside of the beaver pond right below the parking area/trailhead. Make your way around, past all the chewed down trees, and you'll find some very nice secluded spots. Happy hiking!

Grayson Ridge

over 4 years ago

I worked in Twin Lakes last summer and I loved waking up and seeing Hope every morning. Good recommendation!