Just up on the ridge above Federal Gulch, Grays Peak is only a few miles distant.
A closer look at the route up Grays Peak
Looking back down towards the East Fork valley, Terry and Mark reconoiter.
Jaqueline Peak comes into view above the far reaches of East Fork.
We crest a rocky section of the ridge while the East Fork road is visible back to the west.
Pretty much just a long trudge from here.
Paymaster Gulch lies across the canyon below with spectacular views of The Paymaster, Cobb, Old Hyndman, Jaqueline, McIntire, and Elaine's Lookout.
Terry takes a look.
Mark trudges ahead. That knoll on the right is the route, but a false summit.
Looking back down the ridge, Terry always likes to know where he is.
Mark has crested the ridge and Terry is right behind (left).
Mark contemplates the view from the ridge junction.
A scenic walk along the ridgeline.
Terry comes on up with an incredible view right behind him.
Fine figure of a man. According to Terry.
A nice view of the route as we clear timberline.
We head up the final summit ridge.
The clouds behind us start to close in a little, casting shadows on the peak.
I didn't notice Florian's Nudl until I took a closer look at this photo. Duncan Ridge, Cobb Peak, Hyndman Peak, the Nudl, and Old Hyndman, with Elaine's Lookout and Jaqueline in the foreground. From the summit of Grays Peak.
Summit of Grays Peak, 2:37 PM, October 9, 2016
Terry's ready to go down. So we follow him.
Looking down into Federal Gulch, Mark takes off after Terry.
The black clouds break and Old Hyndman pops into the sun.
The clouds break away as we drop back down near timberline. Now it's just a long way down the ridge.