My dad suggests this overnight outing with an unusual approach to Grays Peak, the highest peak on the continental divide. We start in a valley to the west of the peak after six miles of bumpy road driving. Climbing meadows covered in wildflowers, we reach our last opportunity to camp just as thundershowers move in.
The morning brings good weather for us to trudge up Mount Edwards, a peak west of Grays Peak on the divide. We’re greeted by a curious mountain goat who approaches us, then detours just below us, prancing across the cliff without concern.
The traverse over to Grays peak is slow going on a pleasantly craggy ridge. This is now part of the official continental divide trail. Clouds begin to build. We don’t meet other people until we reach the summit, which will probably be populated all day long. You can see many high peaks from here, including Mount Snowmass in the vicinity we plan to visit next week.
On the return trip we’re greeted by a whole family of goats on Mount Edwards. The weather holds, letting only a few drops of rain loose on us. We enjoy the flowers again on the descent, reaching Dad’s truck with rubbery legs.