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Gray Back Peak Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 1,066 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Snow
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Jeffrey Guion
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Robert Beaird
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claudine malcolm
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Nice, easy, quiet trail. Easy to follow.

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Drew Belk
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Nice trail that with low traffic. Our pup loved being off leash for basically the whole trail. There is a slight detour at the beginning due to some trail conservation (it looks like) but otherwise it's easy to follow. There were a couple of steep-ish spots but for the most part it's a leisurely nature walk. Google maps tried to take us about 500 feet past the trail head but it's pretty obvious where to park as you approach the trail head.

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Ann McDonald
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Very well maintained and we were alone till almost back to trailhead. Cooler temps than down in Colorado Springs. It was hazy from the fires but still a great hike

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Alicia Castro
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Parking is on the left where there is a sign that reads "Horse Trail Absolutely No Motorized Vehicles". The trail begins to the left of the Horse trail sign. Shortly after starting uphill, the trail will switch and have you go left. This is not the route AllTrails wants to take you, but it will meet up with the same trail, get you to the top, and is the better route. The current AllTrails route will take you wading through a bunch of downed trees/tree branches. I started going left (because the way covered in branches really doesn't even look like a trail) then the app told me I was going the wrong way. So I turned around and went up the tree branch way but I ended up coming down the other route. Choose your own adventure. Overall, I thought it was a really great hike, for being near the city but having a view other than the city. I began this hike on a Friday at 8 am and only saw one friendly couple on my way down.

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Todd Brubaker
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Don't go. Its ugly. No such thing as pretty Aspen stands, some lushness and great views especially during an inversion. No birds to speak of, no grouse or signs of deer. ;-)

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Carla Kenyon
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Old Stage Rd and 371 is a dirt road for about 5mi to the trailhead, a couple wind-ripples but otherwise totally doable in most vehicles. The trail was a bit washed out so keep left at the trailhead and follow the switchback around the north side of the ridge to stay on the correct trail. Great shade and a well-kept trail, not too crowded on a Sunday morning. Excellent views of the surrounding hills and super peaceful, secluded from the city.

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Daniel Zeddies
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Tom Cucchi
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Good trail overall. The trip to park is a dirt road for over 5 miles. Not the best. Turn off before the directions take you. The trail is moderate with descent views and secluded. Overall there are better trails but it was still nice.

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Kim Ford
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Great hike near Colo. Sprgs. The road going up is dirt. Hike was fairly steep for beginners but overall do able with beautiful scenery.

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Jennifer Robertson
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Just okay. Lots of loose gravel, views are nice.

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Randi Dupree
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Heavily forested with awesome views on either side! My favorite part is that you hardly ever see the city. The google maps link takes you past the trailhead so be on the lookout!

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Michelle Ray
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One of my favorite trails near Colorado Springs! It’s a good, quick hike for those seeking some solitude and elevation gain out of the city area. It wasn’t crowded today (or any morning I’ve been on the trail) and dogs can be off-leash. Plus, there are nice views along the way and on the peak. Be prepared for limited shade and loose rock. Enjoy...and promise not to share this hike with everyone!

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Emily M
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Wonderful hike with great views! Certainly not as crowded as many hikes around town. Only room for about 5-6 cars at the parking area, so start early on a weekend!

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Ryan Elrod
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Liked this trail because it wasn’t near as traveled as other hikes in the Springs. Nice payoff at the top. We parked at the first lot to the left, not where this app takes you to the next lot on the right. The trail starts from the lot we parked at, going up towards the left, not the one that goes down to the right. Enjoy!

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Clay Thompson
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Great secluded trail! Old Stage road is very bumpy and dusty but great views and doable in all cars. Easier with suvs and trucks but we saw plenty of sedans making the drive. Hiking trail is very easy to follow and goes along a ridge line so you get great views the entire way. Quite a bit of elevation going out and then downhill just about the whole way back. Saw lots of people and families on a Saturday morning.

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Stephanie Maddox-Kallas
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Fantastic! Take a hammock you’ll enjoy it at the top! Great views. Well worth driving up the gravel road!

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Jessica Fitzgerald
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Really gorgeous hike! My fiancé and I hammocked & read at the top of Grays Back Peak. Highly recommend bringing your lunch up and taking in the views! Round trip is 3.5 miles in just under 1 hour 30. If you don’t have an SUV, this trail is still accessible in our Ford Fusion car. Happy hiking

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Shawna Parent
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Beautiful hike and worth the time. Moderately steep in some areas but overall pretty easy hike with plenty of shade.

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Matthew Montgomery
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This trail is highly recommended for a more remote feeling hike. The whole trail offers brilliant views. AllTrails pitches this as a 3.3 mile hike, but it’s actually 4.2 miles.

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Jolly Raleigh
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Great trail with great views! The AllTrails trail is not correct and you’ll get multiple off trail notification but ignore, the trail you think is right is right. Easy trail with spectacular views most of the way. Not super heavily trafficked.

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Benjamin Lawson
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Awesome trail easy short hike/walk. Trail is easy to follow. It goes along a wide ridge with nice views on either side. at time of writing there is zero ice or slick patches. You've got to go up old stage road to get there, I have a low clearance family sedan and I have no problem going up most seasons. If you're familiar with Colorado mountain roads you'll know this is one of the nicest and most forgiving out there! Enjoy your hike!

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Alyssa Walsh
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Nice trail, had to turn back about half way due to my kiddo getting tired. Docked a star because no one mentioned the road getting up to the trail. HOLY COW! Be prepared. Breakneck curves, car and a half width road, so many pot holes and large rocks stuck in the road. Just be careful, take it slow. We saw two vehicles broken down on the way up.

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Angie Hope
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I love this trail. It’s a great evening hike and the view at the top is so nice. One I recommend a lot! Will say that the trail head is not clearly marked though. There is a sign that says “horse trail” or something of the sort posted on a tree but that’s it.

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Ciara Everson
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One of the best trails I’ve been on in a long time. Quiet and great views what more could you want

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Christen Schumacher
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Great trail! We went on Saturday, April 17 midday and crossed paths with 4 other couples/families. It was the perfect 4 miler that didn’t wear us out too much and didn’t take up the whole day. Our dogs enjoyed being off-leash, and others who brought dogs were very respectful as we all leashed up our pups when passing by others. ***when you come down the road, the trail was on the left side—the same side as the parking area. It wasn’t clearly marked at the start.

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Dylan Mooney
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our first official hike of the summer! it was great! a little bit of a tough hike for toddlers or if you're carrying your toddler on your back like I was. But the view at the summit was absolutely worth it

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Christina L
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Great short hike with a couple spurts of elevation. Road to the trailhead is a little rough the last quarter mile before the th, but doable with any car as long as you go slow. Not much room for parking, maybe only space for 3 cars max if you want to pull up right next to the th. Watch out as their is a fallen power line nearby. Trail is in good condition. About 1.75mi in there was a fallen tree that you have to climb over. Last quarter of a mile is a little icy still. Total mileage was 3.8mi. Awesome views!!

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