Greyrock Trail – In A Colorado Minute (Week 272)

The Greyrock Trail (off Poudre Canyon Road
aka Highway 14) is a slightly challenging and very rewarding hiking
trail up to Greyrock Mountain in the Laramie Mountains Range of the
Rocky Mountains.

To cover the 2,040 feet of elevation to the
7,600-feet summit of Greyrock Mountain, you can choose between two
trails: Greyrock Meadows Trail (3.79 miles) and Greyrock Summit Trail
(2.80 miles). Greyrock Summit Trail is the steeper and more interesting
trail that I took while shooting this video.

Both trails meet again at
the base of Greyrock, after which the remaining 1/2 mile is a more rocky
terrain that may require your hands to help you get up to the summit,
discover the small lake at the top and enjoy the view of snow-covered
peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the High Plains.

The day I hiked
up there was appropriately grey with a constant threat of thunderstorms.
Everyone who had passed me while I was stopping to shoot my video along
the way, eventually passed me again as they descended, including the
two very kind Park Rangers. So when Whiskey and I had made it onto
Greyrock itself and I believed to be only about 10 or 15 minutes from
the summit, the rain, sudden big wind gusts, and thunder above,
convinced me to turn back around and try to get us to a safer spot
quickly. I decided I would just come back on another, clearer day to
explore and record the summit and the view.

It wasn’t until today, as I was doing some research to write this post, that I realized (via a post on I most likely had taken a wrong turn on the rock where the trail is not very visible anymore and had ended up on the dead-end ledge, which conveniently overlooks Laporte, Fort Collins and part of Horsetooth Reservoir
(as you can see in the end of the video). Now I’m even more convinced I
made the right choice to turn back around and make another attempt to
reach the summit in the near future.

In the video you will see my
dog Whiskey cooling off in the stream that runs along a good portion of
the Summit Trail. However, it is advised to not let your dog drink that
water due to possible presence of Giardia bacteria. Please bring your
own source of water for your dog as I did. And hopefully your dog isn’t
as much of a nature snob that she insists on drinking the local mountain

Another thing I’d like to point out that may already be
obvious from the video: these forests seem to catch fire easily because
Colorado is usually rather dry. So please be very aware of not doing
anything that might cause a fire.

Last but not least, I highly
recommend hiking this very popular trail at this time of year because of
all the wildflowers! Just get there early so you can claim one of the
parking spots.

The song in this video is called “Acoustic Blues” and was written and performed by Jason Shaw, who made this song available via the CC BY 3.0 license. Thank you, Jason!

Wildflower along the Greyrock Trail with Greyrock Mountain in the background

Greyrock Trail Map
Rocky Mountains, Colorado

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