Roadtrip with Friends to Hike Near Fort Collins
Trail(s): Greyrock Meadows Trail and Greyrock Trail
Location: Greyrock Mountain
Distance: 7.1 miles
Normally my “Roadtrip to the Rockies” posts entail me heading west from Denver into the Rockies. Today, however, we headed north toward Fort Collins to climb Grey Rock Mountain.
I found a few descriptions of the trail that ranged from beginner to strenuous. If climbing to the summit, which is optional via a spur trail, I’d say this hike was strenuous and otherwise moderate. It is not a for a beginner.
Mike and I drove the 1.5 hours (one of my criteria for a day hike near me) to the trailhead located on the opposite side of the two-lane highway from the parking area which fortunately had pit toilet.
The first steps we took after crossing the road was across a bridge that offered spectacular views of the snow covered river. Upon reaching the other side, we strapped on our micro-spikes as despite our late morning start the trail was still rather icy.