Ascent of Greyrock Mountain on 2014-10-04

Climber: Rob Anthony

Date:Saturday, October 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Greyrock Mountain
    Elevation:7613 ft / 2320 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got a fairly early start out of Windsor with Christina and the dog and were at the Greyrock Mountain parking lot shortly after 8:30. There were only five cars in the parking lot. We headed out across the bridge and began following the well-worn path towards Greyrock Mountain.

About 0.7 miles into the hike the trail comes to a junction with the Greyrock Meadows Trail (left) and the Greyrock Trail (Right). We took the Grey Rock Trail which follows a drainage for about a mile before meeting back up again with the meadow trail. From the junction Greyrock stands prominently in front of you and it is not clear what the idea route to the summit is.

The trail heads Northeast and begins to contour and slightly ascend Greyrock mountain. The trail steepens and weaves and Rock cairns are followed to reach a fairly spectacular lush meadow with water pools and pines on the summit. Some class 2 scrambling moves are occasionally required to make it to this point. We only saw 3 other people on the trail at this point!

From the first pool, "The Crest" peak can be seen to the Northwest and is a short class 3 scramble to reach the summit and survey the mountain. My wife had no inclination to made this Trek and my dog was not able to summit, which is why I put in a firmly class 3 scramble, though exposure is limited.

From the "crest" the true summit can be seen to be a short distance off to the SouthWest, across the meadow. We hiked across the meadow and followed rock cairns and trail signs to the true summit, which is a class 2 scramble. We had the summit all to ourselves with spectacular views of the Front Range amidst ~70 mph winds. It was Christina's first peak ever!

We retraced out steps back down to the junction with the Meadows trail and encountered a couple dozen people heading up. We took the Meadows Trail down, which offers spectacular views of Greyrock Mountain, though is significantly (1.5 miles) longer than the Greyrock Trail through the drainage.

Passed another 3 dozen or so people on this trail and by the time we got back to the trailhead cars were parked all along both sides of the road! Great hike with few other parties on the mountain during our ascent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2520 ft / 767 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2520 ft / 767 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2140 ft / 652 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2070 ft / 631 m; Extra: 70 ft / 21m
    Loss on way in:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:GreyRock Trail
    Start Trailhead:GreyRock Trailhead  5543 ft / 1689 m
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2450 ft / 746 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2070 ft / 631 m; Extra: 380 ft / 115m
    Gain on way out:380 ft / 115 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:GreyRock Meadows Trail
    End Trailhead:GreyRock Trailhead   5543 ft / 1689 m
    Time:2 Hours 43 Minutes

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