Greyrock Summit Trail

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Greyrock Summit Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Laporte, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,129 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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running

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wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

no shade

Note: As many reviewers stated, the scramble up the actual rocky peak is poorly marked, however if you need more equipment than grippy shoes, you’re “off-trail.” The pond towards the top obscures part of the trail, but it is circumnavigated fairly easily by rock hopping. On the way down, taking the meadow trail adds a mile or so, but it offers a completely different experience and expansive views west. No critters late-morning, but the majority of the hike is exposed, so prepare for the elements.

hiking
4 months ago

Such a cool hike! Trail as noted is poorly marked and overgrown in places so be careful! Will be going back! My favorite hike thus far but also the most challenging.

hiking
5 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

Hiked to the summit Friday before Labor Day. Glad we went in the morning so we weren’t in the sun on the way up. 7:30 start. Saw a dead small (3’) rattle snake on the trail a few hundred yards in. Also saw a ~250 lb black bear near the end of the hike, about 1000 yards from the bridge. It came out of the brush about 40’ behind us and crossed the trail. It was curious but didn’t follow us. Hike took about 3.5 hours with 20 mins spent at the top. Saw poison ivy along trail but it wasn’t oily. Great hike and workout. Rocky and in even trail. Bit of a scramble at the top.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

Was a great hike but there was literally no shade. Highly recommend doing this in the morning. Also couldn’t get to summit because there was a swarm of bugs. Like crawling all over it. Just that time of year though.

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rocky
6 months ago

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6 months ago

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scramble
7 months ago

Best dayhike near FoCo for sure. I’ve done this trail about 12 times in the last year and what I’m noticing this summer is that the trail is incredibly overgrown. Would definitely recommend pants as there is poison ivy growing into the trail and a lot of snakes. Make sure to push past the pond up top and get up to the summit for the views.

hiking
7 months ago

Myself and my 11 year old son did this trail today. DefinitelyI steep and definitely challenging! We enjoyed cooler temps and were rewarded with awesome views at the summit. The trail starts off in the beautiful forested canyon climbing up to the base of Greyrock. From the base it’s a rocky climb up to the pond and then some boulder climbing to the summit. I’d say the section from the base of Greyrock to the pond is the most challenging as the trail becomes mostly rocks and less defined. Some poison ivy in the lower sections of the trails, we wore pants. the only wildlife we saw were birds and butterflies.

hiking
7 months ago

My boyfriend and I hike often and were pleasantly surprised by how much we loved this trail! The incline is consistent and the trail is both well marked and well maintained until you reach the base of the summit where the trail becomes steeper, more rugged, and difficult to follow. Keep an eye out for the small, square, brown signs marking the trail (difficult to spot at times) and you will figure out how to reach the summit. It is well worth it— the views are stunning! We are very active and this hike took us 3.5 hours round trip including 45 minutes spent at the top to take in the views and explore the unique terrain and two small ponds. We went on a Saturday and passed about 20 other hikers total. It never felt overly crowded (something we are picky about) and we had the summit to ourselves. As others have mentioned, do watch out for poison ivy. Added photos to the gallery but they do not do the experience justice. Highly recommended!

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rocky
scramble
7 months ago

this is a hard one for sure. expect about 2.5-3 hours to get to the summit. bring about 3 liters of water. theres not a ton of shade one you turn off from the river. beautiful views especially if you take the meadows loop

Definitely a great hike! Amazing views, good trail, and I enjoyed the summit to myself for about 30 minutes. Wasn't as crowd as people said previously until about 10am.

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bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

First summit of ol Brown Sugar, and it didn’t disappoint. As many reviewers stated, the scramble up the actual rocky peak is poorly marked, however if you need more equipment than grippy shoes, you’re “off-trail.” The pond towards the top obscures part of the trail, but it is circumnavigated fairly easily by rock hopping. On the way down, taking the meadow trail adds a mile or so, but it offers a completely different experience and expansive views west. No critters late-morning, but the majority of the hike is exposed, so prepare for the elements.

hiking
muddy
scramble
snow
11 months ago

Spikes would be good for this trail as packed snow and mud tended to get pretty slippery once walked over by a number of people. The summit trail has a bit of a scramble to get to the top but it's not too bad if you take your time. Don't stop at the small lake at the top--keep following the hiking signs and get amazing 360 views!

hiking
11 months ago

Pbeautiful views at the top. I would definitely recommend it. More moderate than hard in my opinion.

hiking
rocky
snow
Sat Feb 02 2019

Beautiful Trail. Went at beginning of Feb. There was ice in the shaded areas and it was super windy at the top; so, be prepared for that. Also, once you start working your way up the side of the mountain, it turns into rock hoping and the trail is hard to follow (got lost a handful of times). Totally worth it and the views are spectacular!!

hiking
Sun Dec 23 2018

December. Really good hike, light snow the night before but nothing serious. Really awesome up top, the pond on top of grey rock was frozen solid.

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