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Greyrock Trail #946

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (12)

A good hike to see some amazing views!


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Point to Point

7,478' 2,279 m

High

5,570' 1,698 m

Low

1,912' 583 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views

Description

From the parking area, hop across the road to the trailhead where you'll quickly encounter a sturdy wooden bridge with excellent views of the surrounding hills. From here, continue up the trail on steady grades, eventually following the outer extent of a pine grove before reaching a trail junction with the Greyrock Meadows Trail #947. To remain on this trail (the harder of the two), stay right at the junction and begin a steep climb through forested and open terrain to an upper trail junction.

Once past the upper junction (where #946 and #947 rejoin), there's a short dirt section of trail before climbing a ramp of rock on the southeast side of Greyrock. After leaving the dirt trail, look for the wooden trail posts sporadically placed. There are some easy and solid rocks to scramble as you come up the eastern end. Once into the saddle where folks often camp, look for the rock cairns that will lead you to the top. It's easy to get lost here. If you're scrambling/climbing anything crazy, you're off the direct trail.

Once at the top of the trail, you get a great view of the surrounding area looking down into Fort Collins and up into the canyon. You can also see the Mummy Range in the northern part of RMNP. Generally, the only drawback for most people is the elevation gain; climbing almost 2,000 feet in 3.1 miles is quite the climb in often dry conditions. Planning to do this trail in the morning or a summer evening (bring a headlamp) can be best so you miss the hotter parts of the afternoon.

This isn't the best choice for a first-time hiker - there are many places to take wrong turns. However, there are often lots of folks on a summer weekend!

Flora & Fauna

Like anywhere on the Front Range, stay alert for rattlesnakes sunning themselves on the trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Steven W with improvements by Mitchell Jamison

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 12 votes

#2

in Fort Collins

#8272

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#2

in Fort Collins

#712

in Colorado

#8,272

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Photos

Rainy day on Greyrock Mountain.
Jun 7, 2015 near Laporte, CO
Good ol' Grey Rock stands just off trail!
Mar 26, 2017 near Bellvue, CO
Enjoy stunning mountain views to the west of the summit.
May 15, 2017 near Bellvue, CO
This amazing pool of water awaits your arrival as you approach the top of Grey Rock.
Apr 9, 2017 near Bellvue, CO
The Poudre River looks beautiful from the bridge on the Greyrock Trail.
Mar 26, 2017 near Bellvue, CO
View from the trail back down from Greyrock Mountain. The trail follows along the side of the mountain affording panoramic views.
Jun 7, 2015 near Laporte, CO

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Jun 5, 2020
John TZen
May 21, 2020
Paul DAuria
Great day and everyone seemed normal :) 7.5mi — 3h 30m
Feb 2, 2020
Daylene York
3mi
Sep 23, 2019
Mitchell Jamison
7.3mi
Sep 22, 2019
Tucker Kern
Out and back 6.2mi — 4h 00m
Aug 11, 2019
Robert Burch
Trail in great shape. Lots of snakes.
Aug 7, 2019
Cassio Ferrigno
7h 44m
Jun 15, 2019
Steven Freund
6.2mi — 3h 00m