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Nice hike. A bit icy near top but worth the views and quietness.

Awesome views from the summit!!

hiking
24 days ago

Did this hike with a few friends yesterday 12/24. It started snowing when we got to the first rest area. Beautiful hike with great views once you reach the top.

Awesome trail. Got lost at the top.

solid trail, mildly strenuous, the lake at the top is worth it. The scramble at the end was tough at times to know whether we were supposed to go.

Nice trail

2 months ago

This trail is temporarily closed because of the Seaman Fire. It is scheduled to reopen 10/12/18. For more info, Google its special order number: arp-clrd-2018-09.

Nothing fancy, I kept thinking "Wow! I bet this area was gorgeous before the fire!", which was a bit of a let down. Because very little of it was really that pretty compared to other nearby areas. I would say keep in mind it's a "Gulch" not a Mountain, Rock, or Peak. Worth the exercise if you stay left and go up the "moderate" way.

2 months ago

Went Sunday and it was 45 degrees or so out and sunny. Made it to the top no issues, trail does get a little "confusing" with no trail markers towards the top, though nothing too crazy. Views are great. Saw a few other hikers, other wise good area for those seeking solitude on near by trails.

off road driving
3 months ago

First half mile is the toughest, good scenery. Crystal Mountain Trail (at the end of Moody) is closed, but the Private Road back to Buckhorn gets you back without backtracking.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Went on a Monday and only saw 4 people on way back down from summit. Very peaceful.

I'm torn on the best way to do this trail. If you take the meadow trail (clockwise) you get good views on the approach to Greyrock and good views heading down the canyon on your way back out. I found myself turning around a lot. So, If I did it again I would probably do it in reverse.

That being said, it's pretty cool looking down to Hewlett Gulch on the switchbacks heading down the meadow trail.

3 months ago

10-4-18 trail is blocked by a couple big trees that have fallen down. also right after the entrance somebody shot skeet and didnt bother to pick up at least 20 to 30 bright yellow shotgun shells. classy... :(

We went last week and this hike was perfect! It was sunny and cool, but still warm enough to be comfortable. The aspens are changing color - the perfect autumn scenery. We were lucky - all of the snow is fully melted!

Strenuous hike with great views at the top.

Beautiful hike!! It was long and got rough near the end, but the lake and cirque views are worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Greyrock was my favorite of four trails I hiked in the area surrounding Fort Collins. The hike was a nice challenge, both physically and navigationally.

I’m glad I enabled the app’s GPS feature because the trail isn’t very straightforward given the amount of boulders covering the landscape. This was a rare instance where I was appreciative of the rock cairns left by other hikers to mark the trail.

In total, my hike was 8.1 miles with a moving time of 4 1/2 hours. I started out around 8 a.m. and lucked out by having the mountain completely to myself until my descent. This was the only hike where I depleted my water supply, so I would advise bringing extra. I also would recommend a trekking pole for traversing the rocky terrain.

Up to Cirque Meadows is very easy. The aspens are changed, making much of the path very colourful.
We were confused at first about the marked campsites which are farther up the trail past the meadow-the sites were nice, site 3 has a good view.
The rest of the way was tougher, and some places we lost the trail as it wound up the boulders.
The end views are breathtaking, and great photo opportunities. I plan on going again in June when the wildflowers are bloomed.

This trail is scenic enough, but nothing too special. There is a good deal of tall grass around. No very appealing views, there is a lot of burnt matter throughout.

Beautiful this time of year with the leaves changing color! It was a little confusing on where to go sometimes, so download the map if you can! Follow any arrows you see on the trees as well.

off road driving
4 months ago

it was fun until the road got to steep. I tried to do this in a can am 850 outlander but didn't make it to the end. ended up rolling the atv. it was still fun.

hiking
4 months ago

Finally made it up Gray Rock after living in FC for 17 years! Well worth it! Spectacular views across the plains, Horsetooth Rez almost completely visible - so cool. Some bouldering necessary at the end, I wouldn’t do that when wet. Took Meadows trail back down, saw lots of deer, wildflowers and bear signs.

hiking
4 months ago

I did this trail yesterday and it was absolutely stunning. The hike up to the Cirque is relatively flat and I think would be doable by most people. It is lined with aspens so would be really pretty if you catch them in turning season. The trail is very diverse-aspens, then pines, some meadows, lots of small lakes, streams, and some waterfalls, wildflowers, berries, mushrooms...it was nice and cool as well. Not crowded. The lakes surrounded by peaks and snow were beautiful blue. I think it was more like 11.4 miles, and I was shocked that it went by so easily, mostly cause a lot of it is mostly flat.

hiking
4 months ago

I consider this a get right hike. This hike has everything without being too physically demanding. It has good flat parts, good inclines, a beautiful halfway turnaround spot at the Cirque Meadows, a high alpine lake, aspens, rivers, wild flowers.

If you have been on some rough hikes this will be perfect difficulty to get you right. We started at 8:00, reached Emmaline by 10:10, and were done by 12:45. A dip in the lake was cold but surprisingly refreshing.

nearly killed me, loved it.

on Greyrock Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views! We did the Meadow trail in a CW direction and were stopped just short of the summit due to a thunderstorm. We will definitely be back!

The entire elevation gain is the 3ish miles closest to the lake, where the incline hits you like a wall! We found ourselves scrambling quite a few times up and around rock walls. The lake is underwhelming, not sure if the final climb was really worth it. The weather was beautiful though, and friendly hikers and packers that we passed along the way.

wonderful trail!

off road driving
5 months ago

Great drive with some awesome views. Would consider this an easy road for off-road driving. You do drive through private property to get to the trail so mind your speed, so not stop and be courteous if you encounter any land owners. All gates were open when I drove the entire length of the trail 08/04/18.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful but very challenging! Did this hike on Saturday. Got to the trailhead at 9am. Took the Greyrock Trail to the summit then did that to the top, backtracked and then took the Greyrock Meadow trail back down. Definitely a difficult trail—lots of vertical climbing and the rocks at the summit were tough! Plenty of loose rocks too. I was glad I wore my good boots. The views were gorgeous and despite the warnings I didn’t encounter a single rattlesnake. Completed the entire thing in 4 hours.

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