We took our dogs last summer and were all beat from the heat. But I thought I’d try again since we had a wetter spring. This place is just dry and hot. The 2012 fire cleared out some of the area and there isn’t much shade (unless you’re down on the river fishing or at the picnic area). Definitely take extra water and snacks. For the $6 parking fee, lack of cover, pretty boring trails, this won’t be a first choice for hiking near the Poudre in the summer.

hiking
21 days ago

Went up on Memorial Day. Weather was fine as it was overcast most of the time with no rain. Went up on the west side of the loop, pause at the wood bench on the meadow, then on up to the peak. We were surprised to learn that one of the pools on top had a few tree frogs. Can't help but wonder how they got there. Coming down was rough on my knees as the uneven ground and the numerous steps over rocks in the trail took its toll. Altogether with some minor side trips, we logged 8 miles on the GPS.

My favorite local hike! Different terrain, views, and a good challenge.

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful day hike! Hiked it yesterday, a weekday following Memorial Day Weekend. Got a late start, didn't make it to the trail head until 1:40pm. There were maybe 5 other cars parked, and that's it. We were surprised how empty it was. Took Grey Meadow Trail 947 on our way up - and we were SO glad that we did. Was longer, but so scenic & beautiful. It took us about 3 hours from the trail head to make it up - stopping to enjoy the scenery and take pictures along the way. The summit up was definitely tough, but glad we did it! Worth it. Took Grey Rock Trail 946 on the way down, after another hiker told us it'd get us down a whole lot quicker, and we didn't wanna waste too much time since it was getting late in the day. It was steep and quick, we made it down in a little over an hour. Awesome hike, wished we had a little more time to enjoy the top once we made it, but we weren't sure how long it would take us to make it back down. Can't wait to do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this one yesterday. I took (after reading some reviews) 947 to go up, and it offers many more views on ascend. Went down using 946, cause its quicker, but almost all of it in canyon. Around 2:30 pm got hailed on heavily. It was fierce, came at you quick, and this is situation when you need to look for immediate cover. Storm blew away in 35 min. Need a rain coat with you, cause you never know. Summit of Greyrock is not well marked, and pretty tough. I followed other young couple up, I was not sure if I would find trail up to summit by myself. But other than summit trail is well marked, just the right length, and beautiful diverse scenery.

The trail is getting hammered, 'cause this is really just a heavily used bush-wack. This is not actually an official for service trail, so now that so many people using it (I counted 100+ people one day) the EROSION IS HORRIBLE! You see so many people in over their heads, trying to climb up steep loose rocks in their flip flops, totally dehydrated and dragging a beer cooler.

It sure would be great if we could get together as a community and persuade the Forest Service or whoever is in charge of this public land to put in a few weeks with a trail crew in RE-route the whole thing so that it follows that natural topography like all good trails do.

Loved this trail! Definitely a solid day hike, but offers a variety of scenery and is a great challenge. Simple parking and trail was easy to follow. We’ll be back to do this one again.

hiking
1 month ago

Overall an easy hike, some parts can be moderately tough, but nothing strenuous. The hike in total, including scaling to the peak of Greyrock, was about 11 miles.

We took our fully loaded packs out for an acclimatization hike. We were looking for a trail off this route that headed west towards Greyrock. Wow what a great trail! A little hard to find (looks like a deer trail from the shore line trail. Opposite a large burned tree) I hope others will read this and start hiking this trail. It is starting to get erased from lack of use. Go look and enjoy this gem. Tip: look for cairns & branches if you are unsure.

hiking
1 month ago

I liked the variety of terrain around this trail, but was unprepared for the bleakness of the burn scarring. I went up the east trail at dawn, in frosty shade, which gave me the meadow trail leg in the warm midmorning sun as the wind picked up. Awesome. The cairns on Greyrock, along with signposts, are critical. I still lost the trail at one point and crossed a highly exposed face that was unnecessarily risky. Definitely would do this again, starting at daybreak or earlier.

trail running
2 months ago

I liked this trail. Got to the car park by 0700 on a Sunday and so there were not many people there. Cools temps to start but warmed up quickly. Chose the meadow 947 route to go up and I am glad I did as it was much more scenic than the 946 trail back down. Made it to the top of Greyrock before the crowd and ran back via 946. Graleat day, great hike. Recommended - but get there before the crowds!

I loved it it was difficult but I managed to do it with my 2 year old daughter on my back! Be careful you could get lost

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike and it is difficult. Our feet and legs are killing us afterward, LOL! Pretty scenery and areas to cross water. Our dog got plenty of exercise needless to say.

hiking
2 months ago

Really fun hike. Scaling the rock at the end is tough but well worth it

hiking
2 months ago

April 7th: Loved this hike! An inch or two of snow the night before made for beautiful sights. The sun busted out through the fog and melted all the snow for the hike back down. Like others have mentioned bring extra water, you will need it to stay hydrated. Also like others have mentioned it is tricky to stay on the trail towards the top.

Certainly a challenging hike that makes you want to hit up the Mish or Vern's afterward for a refuel. I was sore for three days after making it to the summit and back. (Round trip took 5 hours but at least an hour was spent at the top soaking up the sun and views.)

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked as an out-and-back rather than a loop. This one is definitely good exercise, but the initial gulch is mostly in the shade first thing in the morning, which makes it do-able despite the desolation from hiking through a burn scar. The last push up the rock requires a little bit of trail finding; look for the cairns. The final summit was easiest to the left of the pond. Didn’t see another soul until I was descending, which was a treat.

hiking
2 months ago

I missed out on Greyrock last year before our group started hiking 14ers so I wanted to get it in early this season. Beautiful Colorado day including the gale force winds we get this time of year. If you have a fear of dead trees falling on you don’t do this hike on a windy day. Lots of dead trees in the burned out areas. Was a little spooky! Friends had recommended taking the summit trail up and coming back on the meadow trail which is what I did. I have mixed feelings about the meadow trail. About a third of it is climbing which is discouraging when you take it back after summiting but the views are unique and of course there’s the meadow. If I do it again I will take the summit trail back. The climb to the summit is quite a challenge! Lots of scrambling and some rock climbing. This trail is rated difficult and it is all of that! Go for it! Enjoy!

great hike , Good combination of gradual elevation and steps , great view at the summit , would recommend for all !!

I love this trail, it’s intense and long which makes it a great training trail, if you’re working up to higher and or longer climbs. That being said, I’ve also seen kids at the top, so you can take your time and go at any pace you like.
If you do the loop you add on an extra mile, you can also just follow the trail back down. Since its steep this can prove challenging, hiking stocks are a plus but not necessary.

hiking
3 months ago

This was my first real hike, let alone solo. I went on a 50ish degree Tuesday. I took the longer trail on the way up, and didn't see anyone until I got to the summit trail almost 3 hours later. There is a beautiful secluded meadow towards the end of that trail. It was hard to follow the trail on the summit, but it would become obvious fairly quickly if you wandered off the path. The extreme wind led to a scary moment at the summit itself, but I talked to someone who said it is usually not nearly that bad. Really, really enjoyed this hike!

3 months ago

Loved it! Stair steppers Heaven! Recommend counter clock rotation of the loop. If you go clock wise you may find that you might want to skip the summit cause you're too tired. The left side off loop is more difficult and longer. When you get close to summit, trail gets harder to distinguish. Look for pyramid rock stacks and few trail markers. Creek runs along the right side of loop, you can treat to drink. But no water on the left side of loop. Enjoy!

Well worth the slog to the sumit.

3 months ago

Wonderful hike, outstanding views throughout! It was 65 degrees throughout the hike and the snow was very minimal even at the top. I find it’s rare to find more strenuous hikes that aren’t very cold and/or buried in snow at this time of year. It’s challenging but manageable. A treasure for sure!

hiking
4 months ago

This was a fantastic hike through a variety of scenery. Nice mountain range views, burnt forest, undulating terrain. Scrambling over rocks to the top makes the spur a bit tricky in winter months. Also requires paying special attention to the small signs to figure out where to go. Steep climbing sections to get a workout in, definitely on the harder side. Dogs should be agile! I really like this trail. Fantastic photography options. For more details and pics: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/02/04/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-grey-rock-mountain/

hiking
4 months ago

Great views after scrambling up rocks at the top. Lake is okay, but not much water or shade on this one. Did this in July, the little meadow is neat though and full of wildflowers.

5 months ago

Great hike!! Definitely bring lots of water for this one.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail up the mountain but definitely on the harder side. Someone I know said it was a good one to prepare for a 14er and they are not wrong!

hiking
5 months ago

Great weather!

6 months ago

Just came back, 12/22/17. Nice amount of snow down making the area bright and colorful, but not too much to where the trail is covered. Your legs will get a good workout if you stay out for more than 2 hours!

6 months ago

great trail. We went in December: mud, ice and snow in spots. Not heavily traveled while we visited

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