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Even though Kelso Mountain is right in the backyard of Denver, not many people seem to ever climb it. This is probably because it lies in the shadow of both Grays Peak and Torreys Peak
- in fact, the hike starts from the very same trailhead! Needless to say, although there were tons of people on the trail (in the valley) to Grays and Torreys Peaks, once I got up on the flank of Kelso Mountain, the only being I encountered was a goat with whom I had to share the summit.
Kelso Mountain (left) and Torreys Peak
(right) as seen from the I-70/Bakerville exit (looking south).
Kelso Mountain as seen from the all-weather road to the trailhead (looking south).
Multitudes of cars and people as seen while looking back towards the parking lot and trailhead for Grays and Torreys Peak
(and Kelso Mountain).
People on the trail to Grays
(left) and Torreys
Mouseover this image to see my trip up the left ridge to the summit highlighted in yellow.
My backpack on the summit. You can still see the goat on the left hand side of the larger (click-through) version of this image.
I had to share the summit (ridge) with this goat the entire time I was on top of Kelso Peak.
Ganley Mountain (el. 12,902 feet) as seen while looking (basically) East.
The view of the Continental Divide as seen while looking south across the valley (Stevens Gulch).
A better view of Mount Parnassus
(left) and Bard Peak
(right) as seen while looking almost directly north. Note the I-70 Bakerville interchange in the valley below.
Clouds threaten the summit of Grays and Torreys Peaks
with the trail to Grays and Torreys clearly visible in the center of the photo.
I had to get at least one wild flower photo - plus this image shows the slope I had to climb to get to the summit of Kelso Mountain.
Along on this hike with me: no one.