A 13er Most People Have Never Heard Of ... Kelso Mountain (elevation 13164 feet) sits in the shadows of neighboring 14ers
Grays Peak and Torreys Peak. On an average summer day,
when there are hundreds of people hiking to "Grays and Torreys," you might only see one or two people ascending Kelso Mountain.
The route is straightforward; you'll see it on your topographical map.
Begin at the trailhead for the standard route for Grays and Torreys Peak, then
turn right on the steep and grassy slope. You can turn right near the turnoff for the Kelso Ridge route to Torreys Peak,
or begin your climb sooner (as I did) where there's a break in rocky cliffs.
NOTICE: As of July 13, 2014, Stevens Gulch Road up has one terrible spot where only a 4WD vehicle with
some high clearance will get you through. (Three years ago I drove my Honda Civic all the way to the trailhead, but not today.)
The view of Kelso Mountain from Torreys Peak.
Facing Kelso Mountain from Interstate 70 at Bakerville. (Exit 221)