Explore the most popular views trails near Laporte with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day 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.

Strenuous hike with great views at the top.

hiking
28 days 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

nearly killed me, loved it.

on Greyrock Trail

hiking
1 month 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!

wonderful trail!

off road driving
2 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
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

The agencies that manage neighboring lands to Gateway Natural Area are increasing enforcement. Often Gateway is the starting point for visitors to access land beyond Gateway’s boundaries, including Seaman Reservoir. Gateway’s “pass through” visitors are reminded of these regulations, which are posted at Seaman Reservoir:
• Public access is for hunting and fishing only. Entry for any other use is prohibited.
o Hunting access is from September 1 thru May 15
o Fishing access is year-round
• Entry by foot or horseback only- no motorized vehicles
• Littering, camping, and fires are prohibited
• No swimming allowed in Seaman Reservoir
• No target shooting of any kind
• Dogs prohibited except when used for hunting
For more information visit www.colorado.gov/statelandboard and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (manages the land surrounding Seaman Reservoir), 970-472-4300, www.cpw.state.co.us, Shane Craig, District Wildlife Manager, North Poudre Canyon, shane.craig@state.co.us

off road driving
2 months ago

Joe & ken are wrong & most like locals who just don’t want you up here... I ride it & drive my 4x4 van up here all the time. Campered with a buddy up here 2 weeks ago. It’s open & is a legal road/trail to be on..

3 months ago

Hard; especially the last part, which was like a soft mountain climbing session.

Very much worth it for the views, however. Also, if you’re like me, you’ll love the “earned reward “ aspect of hiking this trail.

There are 2 ways to the summit; trail 946 (I took that one) and trail 947 (slightly longer).

3 months ago

Great trail, with amazing views!

Great morning hike! Took my kids ages 6-16 and even though it was hard for the little one, she did it! Also took our two large dogs and they loved the multiple spots to dip in the water and cool off.

Only saw a couple others.

hiking
3 months ago

We started at 7:30 and got to the top pretty quickly, using the trail that forks to the right... the views are beautiful and you could easily spend another hour scrambling around on the rocks. On the way back down, we took the meadow trail and that took significantly more time. Reached the trailhead at 12:30.

3 months ago

Great views! Would rate this as difficult

Great spot with minimal traffic.

Road is super super easy and was closed 3 miles in. There was a gate with a stop sign on it and wouldn’t let cars through.

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
4 months 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
4 months 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.

All private property, no trail up here. Got chased out by some property owners just driving up the road trying to find the trail.

hiking
4 months 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
5 months 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.

backpacking
5 months ago

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
5 months 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
5 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!

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