Greyrock Trail

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Greyrock Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Laporte, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2421 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

Directions from Fort Collins: Travel 17 miles west on Hwy 14 to the Greyrock Trailhead.

trail running
3 days 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!

7 days ago

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
11 days 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
14 days ago

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

hiking
14 days 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
15 days 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
17 days 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!

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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
1 month 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!

1 month 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!

1 month ago

Well worth the slog to the sumit.

1 month 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
2 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
2 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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

Great weather!

4 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!

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

Little snow on the trail but a bit icy near the top- be careful scrambling. No micro spikes needed as of today. Trail can be hard to follow. Otherwise, a really wonderful hike so close to ft collins!

hiking
4 months ago

Wow what a great trail! Definetly on the hard side but worth the trip up to the summit and through the meadows ! Trail becomes hard to follow when making your way up to the summit.. look for the posts .

4 months ago

One of the best hikes to do near Fort Collins. Great view from the top!

hiking
4 months ago

Managed to make it to the very top with my Colorado Mountain Dog, Klondike. No snow on the trail, (in December, which is highly unusual), but, both sides of the loop are filled with large rocks and rock faces, making this a moderately difficult trail to traverse. Would do it again, just with better socks next time...

4 months ago

No snow, but a bit windy!

4 months ago

Easily a favorite hike of many years

4 months ago

there is no snow on the trail as of this day it takes you through a burnout area so not as pretty as others but the views at the top are awesome challenging for sure it's easy to get off the trail as you near the top so watch for the Cairns and you will reach a place near the top to go left or right go left we went right and got off trail overall nice hike

hiking
5 months ago

As far as front range/foot hills hikes go... this one's among my favorites. Id put this one behind some of the boulder group climbs like Bear or South Boulder Peaks but ahead of many others. Be careful on the meadow trail as I accidentally got off trail pretty close to the TH twice. It's faint and has many social trails branching off. the greyrock trail is excellent all the way. I wouldn't consider this one hard but just a very nice workout. Took me 3.5 hrs for the total loop including at least 30 mins relaxing and enjoying the summit. I definitely recommend this one!

6 months ago

Went up on a Tuesday. Hardly any traffic. Beautiful views at the top reward a tough uphill hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing views, awesome hike. Our dogs loved it too. There are some spots you really have to climb over some larger rocks. We chose not to bring our kids on the Summitt portion however the Meadows portion would be fine.

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